The Rangers made one of those under the radar moves a few days ago when they signed former next-great player Will Middlebrooks to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training, meaning they want to take a close look at him.
Middlebrooks broke into the majors with Boston in 2012 in a big way. Only 75 games into his first big league season he already had fifteen home runs and 54 RBIs with a nice .509 slugging percentage. Then he broke his wrist and he has never been the same again. He did hit 17 home runs in 2013, but really never found his stoke after that, playing three seasons with Boston, a season with San Diego, and last year just ten games with Milwaukee.
In 303 major league games, the 28-year-old Texarkana native has played mostly third base, but has logged four games at first base, two at second, and eight at short stop.
Thanks to baseball-reference.com, here are Middlebrooks major league stats.
Texas is on a nice little roll with revamping position players’ careers, with Carlos Gomez and Ian Desmond. Here’s hoping Middlebrooks keeps that sting alive.
He is a quintessential low risk, high reward player. If he can find that form from 2012, he’s magic in a bottle. If not, he’s minor league depth.