Texas Rangers: Three free agent options still available this offseason

CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 18: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a walk-off RBI single to deep right during the tenth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on September 18, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Tigers 2-1 in ten innings. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 18: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a walk-off RBI single to deep right during the tenth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on September 18, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Tigers 2-1 in ten innings. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 09: Wilmer Flores #41 of the Arizona Diamondbacks waves to fans before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 09: Wilmer Flores #41 of the Arizona Diamondbacks waves to fans before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

INF Wilmer Flores

While the first two names listed are outfielders, Wilmer Flores would be a signing that could help bolster the infield if needed. The 28-year old originally signed with the New York Mets as an international free agent when he was 16 and has since methodically climbed the ladder of professional baseball. He made his big league debut with the Mets in 2013 and since the 2014 season, has been mostly a big league mainstay.

In 2019, Flores played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and featured in 89 games for the NL West club. He was impressive at the plate hitting .317 with an .848 OPS and finished the season with a 1.1 fWAR, impressive for his limited game time. He’s a career .268 hitter that could add some right-handed cover to the Rangers overly left-handed lineup.

Defensively, Flores has over 1000 career innings at all four infield positions although recently, he’s predominantly played first or second base. He’s not a stellar defender, but unlike the first two names on this list, Flores would not be an everyday player but rather a right-handed platoon with Ronald Guzman at first base, who could also fill in at other roles if needed. He’s young enough that he might be worth the risk hoping that his time in Arizona wasn’t a one off. He’d be fairly cheap and would add good depth to the Rangers roster.

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