After the Angels/Dodgers deal for Joc Pederson fell through, could the Texas Rangers look to bring in the slugger via trade?
The Mookie Betts to the Dodgers trade saga seems to have finally found its conclusion. After plenty of adjustment from the original deal, the Twins, Dodgers and Red Sox were able to formulate a deal they perceived to be beneficial for all sides. The team that got the short end of the stick was the Los Angeles Angels though who originally had a deal in place to acquire Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers following the completion of the Betts trade. After the updated deal, the Angels-Dodgers agreement fell through presumably leaving Joc Pederson back on the trade block. Many fans wonder if the Texas Rangers could capitalize on the Angels loss and bring in the slugger. The question that has to be asked though in any Pederson hypothetical is whether or not there’s a fit for him in the lineup?
Joc Pederson, on the surface, would be a very welcomed addition to the Texas Rangers lineup starving for consistent production. The slugger is coming off a 3.0 fWAR season in which he hit .249 with an .876 OPS and 36 home runs. Following the 2019 campaign, Pederson now has four seasons of 2.7 fWAR or better in just five full years in the big leagues and has emerged as a budding star at just 27 years old. His $7.75 million salary for 2020 would also be a more than fair price to pay for a player who likely would become the second best bat in the lineup behind Joey Gallo. However, for all the reasons above that make Pederson seem like a stellar hypothetical addition, there are significant questions as to how he would fit on the Rangers as currently constructed. If Texas did make a move for Pederson, what are some of the scenarios that could play out to inject Joc into the lineup.