10 free agent signings that would most impact the Texas Rangers

Chris Bachman
Aug 30, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Texas Rangers Starling Marte
Sep 16, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Starling Marte (2) bats against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

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.

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