Rangers: Three Rule 5 draft prospects team should consider

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Dec 14, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; A general view of the Rule 5 Draft during the MLB winter meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 14, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; A general view of the Rule 5 Draft during the MLB winter meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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3) Raudy Read

Nats' catcher Raudy Read could be targeted by the Rangers
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With the news that the Rangers are trying to add a catcher through free agency, Raudy Read is an option the Rangers should explore outside of free agency.

Raudy Read is the Nationals’ 27th-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, and already has major league experience.

Read spent most of 2019 in Triple-A and showcased his ability to hit for power with a .546 slugging percentage and 20 home runs in 306 at-bats.

The Rangers were 29th in the league in slugging percentage in 2020, so they need any help they can get with power hitting.

While the Rangers already have Jose Trevino and Sam Huff at catcher, it might be worth drafting Read and giving him a shot during spring training due to his strong power hitting ability.

With the relatively small cost of a Rule 5 draft pick and the upside of getting a player on a cheap contract and under team control, the Rangers should look to bolster their roster on Thursday.

With holes almost everywhere on the roster, and 2021 not likely to be competitive, it makes sense more than ever for the Rangers to look at every opportunity to build for the future.

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