Rangers should consider these four non-tendered players
By Seth Carlson
OF David Dahl spent the first four seasons of his career with the Colorado Rockies after being drafted by the team as a first round selection in 2012.
The former Alabama high school baseball star made his major league debut for Colorado in 2016, notching an .859 OPS and 113 OPS+ over 237 plate appearances. He also hit seven home runs in 63 games played that season.
Dahl sat out 2017 due to injury, but followed up his rookie campaign with back to back good seasons in 2018 and 2019. He helped the Rockies reach the playoffs in 2018 and made an All-Star team in 2019.
For most of his tenure in Colorado, Dahl was a productive member of the lineup while providing a solid glove in the outfield when healthy. He regressed significantly in 2020, however, finishing with a .470 OPS and a horrendous 19 OPS+ over 24 games and 99 total plate appearances.
Dahl suffered a left-shoulder injury late last season, which explains a lot of his 2020 regression, but should be ready to go in 2021.
At just 27 years old, the former first round pick will definitely receive another chance in the big leagues given his pedigree and on-field production when healthy.
Given that Dahl was set to enter his first year of arbitration in 2021, he’ll be relatively cost-effective for a Rangers team that is looking to trim down payroll.
The talent factor is also there and with the Rangers mostly lacking quality organizational depth in the outfield, this 27 year old could be a nice high-upside, low-cost add for Texas in 2021.