3 free agents Texas Rangers could potentially sign without draft pick compensation

Seth Carlson
Sep 25, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (2) hits a solo home run to win the game against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (2) hits a solo home run to win the game against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 30, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

3 free agents Texas Rangers could sign without draft pick compensation

Michael Conforto

2021 was a down year offensively for Conforto, as he posted a .729 OPS and 101 OPS+ with the bat, along with 14 home runs. Those numbers are roughly league average. Not great for someone entering a walk year. But with draft pick compensation off the table, taking a gamble on the former Met might not be a bad idea.

Conforto is a solid player, and he plays a decent right field (better than Castellanos, at least). From a defensive standpoint, Conforto fits the Texas Rangers better than Castellanos does. It ultimately depends what the team is prioritizing more in free agency.

The Corey Seager and Marcus Semien signings seem to indicate a preference for more offensive-minded players, though it should be noted that the Rangers had one of the best defensive outfields in baseball in 2021. Because of the lineup upgrades already made, perhaps Conforto is the way to go for the outfield. He’d also come cheaper than Castellanos, and oh did we mention, no draft pick?

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