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.