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Potential Target: Carl Crawford



    Potential Target: Carl Crawford
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    PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 26: Carl Crawford #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers safely slides in to score a run past the tag from catcher Miguel Montero #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 26, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    In an ongoing series, we'll take a look at possible free-agent and trade targets for the Texas Rangers this winter.

    Target: Carl Crawford, OF

    2014 stats:.300 batting average, .339 on-base percentage, .767 OPS, 14 doubles, 8 home runs, 46 RBIs, 105 games

    The 32-year-old isn't quite the player he used to be, thanks to aging legs and several injury-filled seasons, so he's not quite worthy of his nickname "The Perfect Storm" anymore, but he can still be a dangerous player, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to unload one of the outfielders, where they have a surplus of proven big-leaguers since the arrival of Yasiel Puig in 2013.

    Crawford isn't the base-stealer he once was, when he was swiping 50 bags a year like it was no problem, but he did manage 23 in 2014 and was caught just six times — not bad at all. He has gap power and he could be a big piece, if healthy, while filling a corner outfield role for the Rangers.

    Crawford has been tied to the Rangers because the Dodgers have been tied to Elvis Andrus, who is part of a surplus of middle infielders in the Rangers' organization.