Here’s what the latest additions suggest about how Texas Rangers will fill in at need positions
The best external solutions at third base for the Texas Rangers have found new teams, and the best free-agent left fielders likely don’t want to come to Texas on a one-year deal.
The same could be said of the Rangers’ search for another starting pitcher.
There will likely be no third massive contract to go with the ones signed by shortstop Corey Seager (10 years, $325 million) and second baseman Marcus Semien (seven years, $175 million).
Enter utility players Brad Miller and Charlie Culberson, and right-hander Garrett Richards. There are others who have signed minor-league deals.
The Rangers, it appears, are getting creative when it comes to filling out their 2022 roster.
Yes, the season-opening third baseman April 8 could be Andy Ibanez.
Miller has big numbers against right-handed pitching and can play multiple positions.
The first man out of the bullpen April 11 for the home opener could be right-hander Garrett Richards.
These aren’t the sexiest scenarios, especially for a team that spent $561.2 million just before the MLB lockout. But the potential is there to shore up weak spots in the lineup and reinforce the rotation with quality innings from the bullpen.