Despite the Texas Rangers’ investment in the lineup, there are still significant holes, especially in the outfield.
The Rangers should have plenty of power going forward. Between Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Adolis Garcia, Nathaniel Lowe, and Josh Jung, there will be plenty of baseballs flying out of the yard. The question is whether or not anyone will be on base when those homers are hit as the Rangers ranked 12th in the American League in on base percentage.
Michael Brantley could take care of both issues at once. He has been an on base machine over the course of his career, posting a lifetime .356 on base percentage in his 14 years in the majors. However, he has a .367 on base percentage over the past five years as he has gotten better with age.
Brantley would not be a longer term answer for the Rangers. He will turn 36 years old in the midst of the 2023 campaign. But he could be a bargain due to his age and the fact that he appeared in just 64 games last season due to a torn labrum. At this point, he is expected to be ready for spring training, but that could hinder his earning capacity. Considering how much the Rangers may need to spend to improve the pitching staff, that could be exactly what they are looking for.
Michael Brantley gets on base, is a professional hitter, and could be a bargain. What more would the Texas Rangers want for their outfield?