Texas Rangers: Would Joc Pederson fit in the 2020 lineup?

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flies out in the first inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flies out in the first inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flies out in the first inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flies out in the first inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

So can the Rangers make this work?

On paper, yes, the Texas Rangers could trade for Joc Pederson and fit him into the lineup. The question becomes how much are the club willing to commit to a defensive shuffle for the 2020 season? His bat is good enough that if he was in Arlington, it’s worth it to get him in by any means necessary, but to give up assets for him is another story.

Based on the reported deal the Dodgers and Angels had in place, the asking price didn’t seem too high but the Rangers, even with Joc Pederson, would still be on the outside looking in at contenders. With Pederson just a one year rental, giving up prospects of value would make this move a shot in the dark with hopes that something clicks and you can contend. Ideally, the Rangers would be able to move on Shin-Soo Choo in a concurrent deal opening up left field but that is much easier said than done. Texas could benefit from Joc Pederson in 2020, but the lineup and roster gymnastics to get a deal done might be more than a one year rental is worth.

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