The best free agent options for the Texas Rangers’ outfield

Chris Bachman
Sep 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 24, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (14) hits a solo home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (14) hits a solo home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /

Texas Rangers free agent options for the outfield

Tier 2

There are other routes the Texas Rangers could go if they really wanted to address their outfield woes. The second tier of players may not net you a player battling for an All-Star performance year in and year out, but it could land you an experienced player. This is where you could find trade bait, career resurgent players, or just a competitive proven upgrade. (last 3 years stats listed)

  1. Corey Dickerson 239 games (.278, 25 home runs)
  2. Eddie Rosario 305 games (.267, 53 home runs)
  3. Tommy Pham 331 games (.249, 39 home runs)
  4. Joc Pederson 329 games (.237, 61 home runs)
  5. Andrew McCutchen 260 games (.237, 47 home runs)

Now these numbers don’t tell the full story, but they give you a good snapshot of what kind of player these guys have been recently.

Eddie Rosario has a good argument to be at the top of this list at just 30 years old. He has the best leverage of the bunch if the Texas Rangers want to believe in him.

Dickerson and Pham, meanwhile, haven’t exactly been the players they were in Tampa Bay (not shocking) but could very well be able to come out of their slumps.  At 33 and 34 years old respectively, they’re not going to be signed to long-term contracts. They would be the perfect “buy low” candidates with hopes of flipping later.

Joc Pederson has been a hotly contested name. Some argue they wouldn’t want him on their team and some see the power potential and crave it. After the trade to the Atlanta Braves, Pederson hit 10 home runs boosting some of his value. Still, it shouldn’t take much to get him signed.

Andrew McCutchen, meanwhile, at 35 years old has seen better days. He is no longer the perennial All-Star he was in Pittsburgh. If singed, the hopes would be he could fill a surprise starting role or come off the bench. Ideally, he would be akin to Hunter Pence in 2019. Only this time they should trade him if he experienced a boost in play.

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