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3. Andy Ibanez
Ibanez was already a lock for the big league roster in 2022 given his strong hitting abilities, but now he could easily find himself thrusted into a starting infield job.
He isn’t exactly the most gifted defender, with a documented history of being iffy with the glove, but sometimes teams are willing to sacrifice defense for more offense. Or in the case of the 2021 Texas Rangers, just putting the best players out there as possible.
Ibanez proved he could hit in the big leagues last season when he was given his chance, finishing 2021 with a .756 OPS (.270 BA). He’s also listed as a third baseman, so that is his natural position. Again, that doesn’t mean he’s destined to stay there long-term, but he could definitely help patch a hole for a little while, especially if he keeps hitting at the clip he did last year.