Texas Rangers reportedly turning to Todd Frazier in free agent hunt

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets plays third base against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets plays third base against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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The Texas Rangers quest to find a third baseman continues, as they have reportedly turned their attention to Todd Frazier.

The Texas Rangers headed into the offseason intending to upgrade at the hot corner. Naturally, Anthony Rendon was their top target in free agency before he signed with the Angels. The Rangers were interested in Josh Donaldson, but his desire for a four year contract and his expected salary have caused them to reconsider.

With few other options available in free agency, the Rangers have found a new target for third. According to reports, the Rangers have turned their attention to Todd Frazier, potentially on a one year contract.

Frazier has generally been a solid option with the bat, and 2019 was not an exception. In his 499 plate appearances, he produced a respectable .251/.329/.443 batting line, hitting 21 homers and 19 doubles. On a one year deal, he could be an attractive option.

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Even if Frazier does sign with the Rangers, the franchise still has its sights set on bigger targets. Should Nolan Arenado actually come available, the Rangers are expected to be one of the more ardent suitors. Likewise, if the Cubs are shopping Kris Bryant, the Rangers are expected to be at the forefront of any trade discussions.

Such a trade would not stop their pursuit of Frazier. He could presumably split time with Ronald Guzman at first, potentially forming a platoon situation. Frazier could also get occasional appearances at third, and see action as the Rangers designated hitter.

A one year deal would leave the Rangers in the same situation next year should a trade not come to fruition. The anticipated free agent crop at third is not nearly as strong, with Justin Turner, Zack Cozart, and Jake Lamb arguably the best of the prospective bunch. However, the Rangers would not have to spend nearly as much for any of those options, allowing them to further strengthen the overall roster.

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The Texas Rangers are reportedly interested in Todd Frazier, regardless of how any possible trade discussions turn out. With little else available at third, he may be their best option.