The 2017 Texas Rangers: Where are they now?

Chris Giles
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 18: Mike Napoli #5 of the Texas Rangers celebrates hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 18, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 18: Mike Napoli #5 of the Texas Rangers celebrates hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 18, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) /
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2017 Texas Rangers position players

Robinson Chirinos was the primary catcher for the Texas Rangers in 2017.  Chirinos was in his 5th season with Texas.  In 88 games, Chirinos hit for a .255 AVG, 17 HR, and 38 RBI’s.  Chirinos played one more season in Texas before electing free agency.  Chirinos played the 2019 season in Houston, then returned to split 2020 between Texas and the New York Mets.  In 2021, Chirinos played for the Chicago Cubs.  Chirinos is currently a free agent.

Mike Napoli returned to Texas for his final MLB season in 2017.  Napoli primarily played 1B for the Rangers.  In 124 games, Napoli hit for a .193 AVG, with 29 HR, and 66 RBI’s.  Napoli is currently the quality assurance coach for the Chicago Cubs.

Rougned Odor was the starting 2B for Texas in 2017.  Odor was in his 4th season playing for the Rangers.  Playing all 162 games, Odor hit for a .204 AVG, 30 HR, 75 RBI’s, and 15 SB.  Odor played three more seasons in Texas before being traded to the New York Yankees in April 2021.  In November, the Yankees released Odor and he signed a free agent contract to play with Baltimore in 2022.

Elvis Andrus was the starting SS for the Rangers in 2017.  Andrus was in his 9th season playing with Texas.  Andrus played 158 games and hit for a .297 AVG, with a career best 20 HR, 88 RBI’s, and 25 SB.  Andrus would play three more seasons in Texas before being traded to Oakland.  Andrus played his first season in Oakland in 2021 and will return to play for the A’s in 2022.

Joey Gallo primarily played 3B and 1B for Texas in 2017.  This was Gallo’s third season with Texas, but his 1st full season in MLB.  In 145 games, Gallo hit for a .209 AVG, with 41 HR, 80 RBI’s, and seven SB.  Gallo played parts of four more seasons in Texas before being traded to the New York Yankees before the trade deadline in 2021.

Delino DeShields was the primary LF for the Rangers in 2017.  It was in his 3rd season with Texas.  In 120 games, DeShields hit for a .269 AVG, with six HR, 22 RBI’s, and 29 SB.  DeShields played two more seasons for the Rangers before being traded to Cleveland.  In 2021, DeShields played AAA in the Rangers organization before being purchased by Boston then Cincinnati.  Now 29, DeShields is currently a free agent.

Carlos Gomez primarily played CF for Texas in 2017.  It was his 2nd season playing with the Rangers.  In 105 games, Gomez hit for a .255 AVG, with 17 HR, 51 RBI’s, and 13 SB.  Gomez was granted free agency after the 2017 season.  After leaving Texas, Gomez played one season in Tampa Bay and one season for the New York Mets.  In January 2020, Gomez announced his retirement from professional baseball.

Nomar Mazara was in his 2nd season as the starting RF for the Rangers in 2017.  In 148 games, Mazara hit for a .253 AVG, with 20 HR, and 101 RBI’s, and two SB.  Mazara played two more seasons in Texas before he was traded to the Chicago White Sox.  After leaving Texas, Mazara played one season with the White Sox and one season with Detroit.  He is currently a member of the San Diego Padres.

Shin-Soo Choo was the primary DH for Texas in 2017.  It was in his 4th season playing with the Rangers.  In 149 games, Choo hit for a .261 AVG, with 22 HR, 78 RBI’s, and 12 SB.  Choo played three more seasons in Texas before moving back to Korea to play in 2021.  Choo is a current member of the SSG Landers of the KBO.

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