In an ongoing series, we'll take a look at possible free-agent and trade targets for the Texas Rangers this winter.
Target: Brandon Beachy, RHP
2014 stats: DNP (Tommy John)
Beachy came on to the scene as a rookie in 2011 when he went 7-3 with the Braves and put up a 3.68 ERA in 141 2/3 innings. Then, in 2012, he improved on those numbers when he posted a 2.00 ERA in 81 innings before arm trouble cut his season short.
Again, he had arm troubles in 2013 and ended up needing Tommy John surgery, putting him on the shelf for much of that year, and all of 2014. He wasn't tendered a contract by the Braves this winter and was cut loose, making him an instant target for several teams. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, in which time he's thrown only 111 innings, he has a combined ERA of 2.68 with 91 strikeouts.
The dude has proven he can be a highly effective starter when healthy, it's just been staying healthy that's been the issue for him. If the Rangers could get him on a relatively friendly deal, he'd be a great addition but the chances of that seem slim considering he has "multiple offers in hand," according to NBC Sports' Hardball Talk.