Hot stove league: Free agent center fielders. 17 comments

On Texas’s 40-man roster are six potential center fielders: Jurickson Profar, Delino DeShields, Joey Gallo, Scott Heineman, Drew Robinson, and Carlos Tocci.

So, with six choices, the Rangers won’t need to spend $400 million on Bryce Harper.

Harper is perhaps the most polarizing free agent in a long time. He is only 26, so, theoretically, his best years are still ahead of him. He has won an MVP award, so, theoretically, he is an elite player. But he had so many other less than stellar seasons that the allure of the one MVP season is tempting. And his agent, Scott Boras, is going full bore on breaking the bank and making Harper the highest paid athlete in professional sports history.

Luckily the Rangers have Carlos Tocci.

Here are the available free agent centerfielders. One Idiot Owner is going to play drunken sailor at shore leave and throw stupid money at Harper. The rest should be reasonable.

Bryce Harper
Adam Jones
A.J. Pollack
Billy Hamilton
Rajai Davis

Matt Szczur
Shane Robinson
Paulo Orlando
Eric Young, Jr.
Brandon Barnes

Butta Starling
Austin Jackson
Emilio Bonifacio
Ben Revere
Jordan Schafer

(Players in bold were former Rangers.)