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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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JULY 13: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets throws out a runner at first base during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JULY 13: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets throws out a runner at first base during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

2020 Outlook

At the time of writing this, it seems a near lock that Todd Frazier will be the everyday third baseman for the Texas Rangers in 2020. Fans may still be holding out hope for a shock Arenado or Bryant trade, but those are minimal possibilities. Frazier should be an upgrade on what Texas got out of the third base spot last year and continues their infield predicated on positional flexibility. Frazier has the ability to play first base and could see time over there if Ronald Guzman struggles to make an impact at the plate.

Frazier’s time at third could also be impacted by Nick Solak and Danny Santana. Both are players Texas will want to get into the lineup on a daily basis, Both are also without true defensive fits meaning they could get shuffled around considerably this year. Both seem to be competing for a spot in center field to open the year meaning one will be without a home to open the season. If one of them shows an ability to play third at an average or better rate defensively, Texas could try and shift Frazier into a platoon role at first with Guzman allowing one of their more talented bats to play everyday.

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