Texas Rangers: All eyes on third base entering 2020?

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets plays third base against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets plays third base against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 03: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets plays third base against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 03: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets plays third base against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Offseason Additions

If there was a position many Rangers fans expected to see significant additions at this offseason is was third base. Entering the offseason the market was headlined by a pair of third basemen in Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson. The former a current perennial MVP candidate, the latter a former MVP. Both significant upgrades in the Rangers lineup. However, the Rangers walked away with neither free agents and despite attention turning to the possibility of a Nolan Arenado trade or potentially Kris Bryant, Texas fans are staring the 2020 season in the face without a marquee addition at the hot corner.

That’s not to say there wasn’t an addition this offseason and many would classify Todd Frazier as a significant upgrade over their 2019 options. The Rangers signed Frazier to a one-year deal with a team option for a second season this offseason. Frazier spent 2019 with the Mets and had a successful season hitting .251 in 133 games. He posted a -1.1 UZR/150 in 997.1 innings at third showing an ability to still hang at the spot as an everyday player.

Matt Duffy was also signed this offseason to a minor league deal which includes an invite to Spring Training. Duffy, addressed as an option at second base as well, was brought in for infield insurance as a player that can play all throughout the dirt.

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