The Texas Rangers are coming off of a 2020 season in which they finished 22-38 and found themselves at the bottom of the AL West division. They head into 2021 with aspirations to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016, but still have a lot of work to do to accomplish that goal.
Their current roster still has a few holes to address and the Rangers would benefit from remaining active on the free agency market up until Opening Day. With that in mind, here are three moves the Rangers should make before the 2021 MLB season starts.
1. Sign A Power Hitter
The Rangers are playing in a hitter-friendly park, yet only hit 27 home runs in their 30 home games last season. Designated hitter Willie Calhoun has yet to prove he is a big league hitter and the Rangers could use some more power in the lineup. Maikel Franco is a free agent name that sticks out, as he has hit 25 home runs over the last two seasons. At the very least, signing someone like Franco would give the Rangers a great bench bat to have in late game situations. Joey Gallo is the epitome of power, but the Rangers need to have at least another go-to home run hitter on the team.
2. Bring in Another Bullpen Arm
Having a strong and deep bullpen can be a major benefit in today's game, especially for struggling teams like the Rangers. The Rangers had the ninth-highest bullpen ERA (4.63) among MLB teams last season and need to address that hole on their roster. A number of established reliever arms remain on the market such as Yoshihisa Hirano (72 strikeouts over last two seasons), Shane Greene (2.60 ERA last season) and Roberto Osuna (38 saves in 2019). If the Rangers want to build around closer Jose Leclerc, signing a new player to take over some innings would be one way to do just that.
3. Let the Reigns Go on Leody Taveras
The Rangers have a roster filled with young players with a lot to prove. One of those guys is outfielder Leody Taveras. A former top prospect for the Rangers, he should be played almost every day for this team. He fits the leadoff role perfectly as he has 96 career stolen bases across the minor and major leagues as well as a .308 OBP in limited playing time with the Rangers last season. He would benefit from not being placed in a platoon with a fellow outfielder, but rather taking the ups and downs as they come and becoming a true major league weapon. He could end up as a bright spot in an otherwise underwhelming Rangers offense.
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