Texas Rangers: Who starts at third base to begin the year?
Solving the Texas Rangers’ third base issue: External options
Jon Daniels and GM Chris Young have surprised everybody this offseason by being so aggressive, so why wouldn’t they look for more external help to bolster their roster?
A few familiar faces are still looking for a job in 2021, after all.
Former Texas Rangers Todd Frazier and Asdrubal Cabrera are on the free agent market, but they have struggled mightily over the past few seasons.
However, both have familiarity with the organization and would certainly come cheap.
Former LA Angel and Washington National Howie Kendrick is off the board after retiring a few weeks ago.
One good fit may be former Ranger Renato Nunez.
Nunez has played for the Orioles the past three seasons, posting a .783 OPS and 108 OPS+ with 50 homers in that stretch with Baltimore.
The Orioles surprisingly non-tendered their best offensive player in Nunez this off-season.
He can play multiple positions, including third base, which should definitely be appealing to Texas.
Nunez is also just 27 and controllable through 2025, so the Rangers could take a low-risk flier on him.