7. Starling Marte
Marte, like Castellanos, could easily be ranked higher but falls to 7th on the list due to his seemingly poor fit for the Texas Rangers.
Marte is the premier outfield free agent and had another great year at the plate. He hit 12 home runs in 2021 while slashing .310/.383/.458 which is impressive but the real eye popping number is his career best OPS+ 132. Marte is also an excellent defensive outfielder managing center field. He also is a major threat on the base path having set to league mark of 47, which would fit Chris Woodward’s aggressive base running approach.
Marte’s odd fit primarily comes because of his age. At 33 years old, the speedy Marte is already seeing a dip in velocity, limiting some of his defensive/base running attributes. He also seems to be gunning for a multi-year deal with and AAV of $20 million or more. That once again would make him only available it the first options have failed.