The Rangers have been said to not want to shop at the top of the free agent market this offseason, but wait until the powerhouse class of shortstops is available next offseason.
That eliminates the likes of George Springer and Marcell Ozuna, who the Rangers targeted last offseason.
So, that leaves us in the second tier of good outfielders, beginning with Michael Brantley.
Brantley has spent the last two seasons with the Houston Astros, hitting .309 with 27 homers and 112 RBIs over the course of those two years.
Once considered a prolific defensive player, on top of his offensive prowess, Brantley can still hold his own out there sporting a .993 Fielding % over the course of his 11 seasons in left field.
He puts the ball in play, has long at-bats and brings leadership to a youthful Rangers team who just benched its team captain and lost Shin-Soo Choo to free agency.
He could be a great complimentary piece for Texas if his price isn’t through the roof, plus there’s nothing sweeter than taking a beloved player from the Astros.