What with their being a 50 percent chance of Josh Hamilton departing Texas this winter, there’s a good chance that the Rangers will need to go after a left handed bat/outfielder this offseason. As Adam Boedeker wrote this week, one potential solution is the Rays’ BJ Upton--and according to MLB.com’s TR Sullivan, the Rangers do indeed have interest in the 28-year-old.
Here’s what Sullivan had to say about the soon-to-be free agent:
“The Rangers definitely have interest in Upton's bat, although they may feel he is better at a corner spot than center. Upton hit 28 home runs this year with 31 stolen bases, but his .454 slugging percentage was his highest since 2007, and he struck out 169 times. With Upton you're going to get more of the same from the Rangers: big swing and big strikeouts.”
All this is true, and as both Adam and Sullivan point out, Upton can be frustrating at times. On the bright side, if he does come to Texas, that aforementioned “big bat” will be operating in a much more hitter-friendly ballpark than Tropicana Field.