Looking to Left: Potential fits for the Rangers in left field

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cleveland Indians takes the field against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park on September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cleveland Indians takes the field against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park on September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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The Rangers could pursue Yasiel Puig
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Yasiel Puig

Lastly, one of the more intriguing and controversial names on this list: Yasiel Puig.

Given the history between Puig and manager Chris Woodward, it would make sense to see a reunion in Arlington.

Of course, Puig brings with him his quirks, like licking his bat and his outrageous bat flips, but he is 30 years old and has the ability to be an All Star caliber player for Texas.

The thing most intriguing about Yasiel Puig is his willingness to go to bat for his teammates, as mentioned by his new agent Rachel Luba.

We all know of how good Puig’s arm is and he can hit home runs with the best of them, so what’s the risk?

Well, he hasn’t played since 2019 when he was traded to Cleveland for Trevor Bauer.

The year off may be a blessing in disguise, though, allowing him to get completely healthy and ready for the everyday grind of the major league season.

For Texas, why not give him a shot? He is the “sparkplug” player every organization needs, and he wouldn’t cost them a fortune. Plus, a brand new ballpark with #VivaPuig signs everywhere would be every fan’s dream.

All in all, the Texas Rangers have plenty of options to help fill the void in left field.

If they look externally, most of the players will be looking for cheaper contracts and could be brought in easily. Internally, Eli White and Nick Solak are available, but Solak looks to be locked in a battle for second base and White needs a little more fine tuning before giving him the job.

The greatest impact for the Rangers in selecting a new left fielder isn’t out in the outfield, but at second base.

This would give Texas a chance to look at Solak there full time, and displace the ever-struggling Rougned Odor from the Rangers starting lineup.

Only time will tell what the Rangers and new GM Chris Young decide to do, but making one of these moves will have a larger ripple effect than many might perceive.

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