Texas Rangers: Who starts at third base to begin the year?

Mar 18, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Charlie Culberson (8) throws to first base to retire New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (not pictured) during the third inning at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Charlie Culberson (8) throws to first base to retire New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (not pictured) during the third inning at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers signed INF Charlie Culberson
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Solving the Texas Rangers’ third base issue: Internal options

Internally, the Rangers are stacked at third base, even after eliminating Josh Jung for the first part of the season.

Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor have been asked to learn different positions for the Texas Rangers, so either of the veteran leaders could be viable options at the hot corner.

Other avenues internally include youngsters Sherten Apostel and Eli White, but they’ll more than likely begin the year in Triple-A.

One name that could make his way onto the roster is newly signed Charlie Culberson.

The utilityman extraordinaire, who played with the Atlanta Braves last year, has seen action every position except catcher throughout his big-league career, including at pitcher.

Culberson struggled mightily in 2020, but has been a clutch performer in the past, mostly serving as a pinch hitter.

Given the state of the Rangers at third base, though, he may be the best fit for the Texas Rangers before Jung makes his way to Arlington.

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