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The Astros Should Steal This Upcoming Free Agent Away From the Rangers After the 2020 Season

Jason Schandl
The Houston Astros should target this upcoming Texas Rangers free agent next offseason.
The Houston Astros should target this upcoming Texas Rangers free agent next offseason. / Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

The Houston Astros have become the class of the AL West, winning the division in three consecutive seasons. Continuing to reign supreme is a tall task, though, and it requires some cutthroat roster moves.

That's why they should steal Shin-Soo Choo away from the Texas Rangers when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Choo isn't exactly young (will turn 38 this season), but age still hasn't got the best of him. In 2019 he posted a .353 weighted on-base average (wOBA), which isn't far off his .361 career-average. He's not someone you want playing in the field, but with 24 home runs and a .265/.371/.455 slash line, he's still got plenty to offer as a designated hitter.

Yordan Alvarez is, of course, been an exciting young DH option in Houston. But with George Springer, Jake Marisnick and Josh Reddick all set to become unrestricted free agents next offseason, Alvarez may be needed to play in the field more often.

Shoring up their own offense while also dealing a blow to the Rangers would be a win-win as Houston looks to stay atop the AL West for as long as they can.

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