The Texas Rangers have been busy this offseason, particularly in free agency.
Texas kicked off their offseason by acquiring right-hander Jake Odorizzi from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for lefty Kolby Allard.
The Rangers then opened the free agency floodgates by signing two-time NL Cy Young and former New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom to a five-year deal, which gave the team a true ace.
The two-time American League champions followed that move up with a few more key signings to bolster their starting rotation, adding left-hander Andrew Heaney and veteran righty Nathan Eovaldi.
But even after acquiring four key pitchers, the team doesn’t appear to be done adding to its roster, and one insider revealed that the team has been in contact with slugger Trey Mancini.
— Texas Rangers Insider (@RangersInsiders) December 30, 2022
Mancini, 30, is the best hitter still left unsigned.
The veteran slugger has spent the vast majority of his career with the Baltimore Orioles.
Mancini was traded to the Houston Astros at the deadline and earned his first World Series ring this past October.
The 30-year-old’s average was down from recent years, sinking to .239 after a tough stretch with Houston, but he still managed to hit 18 home runs during the regular season.
Texas finished 68-94 and fell short of the postseason, but after some key pitching additions, the team looks ready to contend again, and Mancini could help with that, as he would bring some more power to a lineup that already features Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, and Adolis Garcia.
We’ll see if anything comes of this rumor.