Texas Rangers: Three offseason free agent targets

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 24: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers celebrates a 1-0 win against the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day at Globe Life Field on July 24, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 24: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers celebrates a 1-0 win against the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day at Globe Life Field on July 24, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Tommy La Stella
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The versatility of Tommy La Stella can help the Texas Rangers fill multiple infield voids.

The Texas Rangers received little production from the middle of their infield (Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus) in 2020. In fact, they combined for a league-worst -1.2 fWAR as a unit. There is also a major question mark as to who plays first base.

Other than third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the rest of the infield may end up being a nightly puzzle Chris Woodward and company put together. Does Nick Solak stay in the outfield or become a full-time infielder? Who slots into the DH role? There are a lot of questions and a few promising prospects in the pipeline who have the tools to answer some of these questions down the road, but there are few immediate answers.

Texas isn’t going to spend heavily in free agency, but maybe the market fails to materialize for some free agents, giving teams like Texas an opportunity to add quality help in the offseason.

Perhaps, that scenario comes to fruition with infielder Tommy La Stella. La Stella played all around the infield with Los Angeles and Oakland last season, all while slashing .281/.370/.449 with 21 extra-base hits and more walks (27) than strikeouts (12) in 55 games.

As a team, Texas hitters slashed .217/.285/.364 with a 67 wRC+. La Stella’s bat isn’t the middle of the order bat Texas needs to pair with Joey Gallo, but those kinds of offensive numbers are greatly needed.

La Stella’s defensive versatility, offense, and veteran presence would greatly help an anemic offense and young 2021 roster in Texas. Keep an eye on his market as the offseason gets underway.