Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury, right, scores on a single by Shane Victorino for the go-ahead run as New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine cannot handle the throw during the 10th inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 9-8. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
There isn't going to be much on the free agent market this winter in terms of bats, and everyone with a pulse knows that's what the Texas Rangers need to upgrade their roster before the 2014 season.
Two of the expected top names on the market this winter will be Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Atlanta Braves catcher/first baseman Brian McCann, and the Rangers are reportedly showing preliminary interest in signing both this winter, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Ellsbury is a player that's full of talent, has all the tools you could want in a centerfielder and would be reunited with Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan, who heaps endless praise on his former pupil. But he also has a sketchy injury history and is seemingly hurt every year.
He's a career .297 hitter and leads the AL with 52 stolen bases this year. If the Rangers signed Ellsbury it would likely mean a move to left field for Leonys Martin, unless the young Cuban is traded, which isn't too likely. A defensive outfield of Martin, Ellsbury and Alex Rios would be pretty salty.
But perhaps a more enticing and fitting target would be McCann, who could replace the aging A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate along with providing depth at first base, which is still a major spot of concern for the team. He could also be a designated hitter with his big power bat, and most importantly, that pop comes from the left side.
It's important to realize there's still three weeks left in the regular season and there's still a very attainable goal out there to be had for the Rangers, but it's never too early to start planning ahead.