Texas Rangers: Who are the best free agent catcher options remaining?
By Kenneth Nash
The possibility of bringing back Robinson Chirinos is likely one that excites most fans. Chirinos cemented himself as a fan favorite in his six years with the organization. However, a controversial offseason decision by the front office saw Chirinos leave in free agency for in-state rival Houston, much to the chagrin of Texas fans. For Chirinos, the move was personally a fruitful one as he had arguably the best season of his career and reached a World Series with the Astros. Now, Robby C is back on the free agent market and we know the two sides have discussed a return.
At 35 years old, Chirinos is as productive as ever at the plate posting a .238/.347/.443 slash line for Houston last year. He had a very impressive .790 OPS and hit 17 homers in 114 games. His 2.3 fWAR is the highest mark of his career and would be a massive upgrade over the production Texas saw last year. The Rangers predominantly utilized Jeff Mathis (-2.1 fWAR), Jose Trevino (-0.2 fWAR) and Tim Federowicz (-0.2 fWAR) so anything that represents a positive contribution would make the club better. Chirinos was projected to get a two-year deal at $10 million by MLB Trade Rumors and that mark would be pretty fair. Maybe Texas tries for a one-year deal at a higher AAV.