Conor Jackson, far right.
One of the glaring weaknesses of the Texas Rangers the past two seasons once the World Series rolled around has been the quality of the team's bench, especially when the games are played in National League parks under National League rules.
Last season, Esteban German just didn't quite cut it. One of the offseason goals for the club has to be to bolster that bench a bit, and they took a step toward doing that on Monday when they signed Conor Jackson to a minor league deal with a spring training invite.
Jackson was a highly touted young player but is coming off a disappointing season that started in Oakland and ended in Boston. He's incredibly versatile, seeing time at the corner infield and corner outfield spots last season, but he hit just .244 in 114 games last season.
He has a career average of .271 with a tendency to draw a good number of walks. He has 252 walks to his 291 strikeouts.
So will Jackson be a star for the Rangers this coming season? Absolutely not. But here's betting he will make the big league team and he'll serve as a key part of the team's bench and as a valuable fill-in for off-days and possible injuries that come up.
He's looking to prove last season was a fluke and he's still a pretty good player. What better place to do it than in Arlington, with this lineup?