Texas Rangers: What are the plans at first base for 2020?
By Kenneth Nash
At this point in the offseason, it seems first base will likely be another year of platooning as Texas searches for their long-term answer. For now, Ronald Guzman is slotted as the Opening Day starter after getting the most game time there last season. The question will be if the Rangers opt to try and split Guzman’s time with a right-handed hitter currently at the big league level. Todd Frazier is the logical candidate but if he’s the everyday third baseman, Nick Solak could get an opportunity. The young infielder emerged late last year as a real offensive threat and while his bat needs to be in the lineup, there isn’t a home for him defensively. He’s not naturally a first baseman and his 5’11” frame isn’t ideal but his bat plays and he will hope to force Texas’ hand this spring.
Danny Santana has experience at first base but unless Texas makes a change in the outfield, he’s slotted in center field at this point. The same applies for Joey Gallo who has first base experience but is locked in as the right fielder.
Looking towards this season, the scenario that feels most likely is Guzman getting the majority of the game time with a handful of right-handed bats in the mix when he needs a day off or is going through a slump. The only thing that would change that is another offseason addition which at this point, isn’t a route full of options.