Rangers must prepare to make big changes
Boston Red Sox, where he'd like to finish his career.
But the fact that the Rangers have reportedly shown interest is telling. It shows they are willing to explore various options that could truly shake up the lineup. Ortiz, who turns 37 later this month, won't be winning any Gold Gloves the next few years. He's a prime example of a primary designated hitter and the Rangers already have one of those: Michael Young.
Young could become more of a utility infielder, but that would vastly limit his at-bats if someone like Ortiz were in Texas. The club could try to trade Young, but that is also complicated. For starters, he'd have to approve any trade (he has 10-5 rights) and the Rangers would have to eat most of the $16 million remaining on his contract. But if a trade meant more playing time for Young elsewhere, perhaps he'd OK it.
Ortiz is a longshot, if you ask me, and it's more likely the club will get a bat that plays a position. And they'll need more than simply Ortiz if Hamilton leaves. But they need to do whatever they can to add production to the lineup. That includes dealing with the tough question on Young's playing time and his salary, even if it means looking at trade possibilities.
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