MLBTradeRumors.com has a couple Rangers notes.
It’s a possible third baseman, one not on the list of free-agent third basemen because he has primarily played second the last three seasons, although he has played a decent amount at third.
That would be Josh Harrison, formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Harrison is decent but not overwhelming at the plate. His lifetime numbers are .277/.317/.725. Nothing to clamor. Unless you currently don’t have a player to stand at third wearing a glove. Which, it appears, would describe the Texas Rangers. He is certainly not as valuable offensively as a Mike Moustakas.
He’s also not that cheap. Last season he made $10.25 million. For that the Pirates got eight home runs and thirty-seven RBIs in 374 plate appearances. He did miss thirty games in the beginning of the year due to injury. Harrison is a two-time All-Star, in 2014 and 2017. 2014 was by far his best year.
The website also attached the Rangers to interest in Dallas Keuchel. Who knows how accurate that is or how much real interest (meaning dollars) the Rangers have. Keuchel’s agent is Scott Boras, so he is seeking an unreasonably out-of-line contract.
Of course, the Rangers are also pursuing Japanese free agent Yusei Kikuchi. He was posted on December 3 and has thirty days to reach an agreement with a team. It’s all been pretty under the radar. The Rangers have as good a chance as any team.
At this time of the off-season, it’s pretty much all rumors. And rumors are about as reliable as a brother-in-law on moving day.