2021 Cadillac Eldorado Review – 2021 Cadillac Eldorado
The Texas Rangers fabricated bright activity into the offseason that acclamation third abject was aloft their antecedence list. The Rangers accept a cardinal of affection third abject affairs in the amateur — Josh Jung, Sherten Apostel and Davis Wendzel could all see Frisco this year, and the AZL Rangers had Keithron Moss, Osleivis Basabe, Keyber Rodriguez, Derwin Barreto, and Cody Freeman on the team, all of whom are infielders and all of whom could conceivably arise as a third abject anticipation at some point in the abutting brace of years.
In agreement of players who are above alliance ready, however, the Rangers don’t accept any absolutely acceptable options. Nick Solak can apparently hit, and the Rangers approved him out at third abject some aftermost year, but he’s apparently not a applicable arresting advantage at the position (and realistically, if the Tampa Bay Rays anticipation he could handle third base, they apparently wouldn’t accept traded him). Danny Santana hit aftermost year, but was abhorrent offensively the antecedent few years, is not acceptable defensively at third base, and is apparently activity to accord the Rangers added aggregate as a able bank guy. Isiah Kiner-Falefa has a agitating cuff at third base, but apparently isn’t activity to hit abundant to be a starter. Patrick Wisdom, Asdrubal Cabrera and Logan Forsythe played third abject for the Rangers aftermost year, but none of them hit enough, Wisdom is now with Seattle, and Cabrera and Forsythe are chargeless agents and not astute candidates to be at third abject for Texas in 2019.
At Nashville, Wisdom and Matt Davidson, who is a chargeless abettor and who isn’t acceptable abundant arresting at third abject to comedy there every day, got the aggregate of the arena time there. Also arena some third abject for Nashville were Andy Ibanez and Juremi Profar, who are aloof authoritative guys, and adept artisan Chase d’Arnaud. Eli White could apparently comedy some third base, admitting he didn’t aftermost year, but he didn’t hit in Nashville and was larboard off the 40 man agenda this accomplished offseason.
So the Rangers are activity to accept to go alfresco of the alignment for their third baseman. We all apperceive what Plan A was. I was activity to do a beat on the bootless Anthony Rendon pursuit, which had anybody absolutely affronted for about 72 hours until the Corey Kluber barter fabricated anybody blessed again. I apparently still will afterwards this week. But clearly, the Rangers basic to acreage Rendon, and failed.
Plan B is apparently Josh Donaldson. I, personally, adopted Donaldson to Rendon in the aboriginal place, due to my bent in favor of shorter-term deals over continued appellation deals, decidedly aback your window of altercation apparently isn’t absolutely accessible yet. Donaldson angry 34 beforehand this month, has been agitating every year from 2013-19 except in 2018, aback he was hurt, and would be a abundant concise band-aid on a two or three year aerial AAV deal.
Alas, Donaldson allegedly wants four years. The Rangers don’t arise to be absorbed to accord him four years, and letters announce that the Rangers are out. That actuality said, as we all know, players ask for things all the time that they don’t get, and if Donaldson were to be accommodating to booty a three year deal, I doubtable the Rangers would be actual interested. And in abacus Kluber, they accomplish themselves added adorable as a contender, and appropriately may accomplish themselves added adorable to Donaldson, who was (briefly) Kluber’s assistant in 2018.
The third abject bazaar this offseason reminds me of Alec Baldwin’s arena in Glengarry Glen Ross* aback he is discussing the sales contest: “We’re abacus a little article to this month’s sales contest. As you all know, aboriginal award-winning is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody wanna see additional prize? Additional award-winning is a set of steak knives. Third award-winning is, you’re fired.”
* That scene, and Alec Baldwin’s character, didn’t abide in David Mamet’s aboriginal date version. He was added for the movie. If you go see Glengarry Glen Ross performed on stage, you won’t see Blake.
Anthony Rendon is a Cadillac Eldorado. Josh Donaldson is a set of steak knives. Anybody abroad is the blazon of amateur who can get you fired.
Nevertheless…someone has to comedy third abject for the Rangers this offseason. That addition apparently isn’t on the team. Donaldson is still a possibility. But if not Josh Donaldson, again who?
Jed Lowrie — New York Mets
This is my admired non-Donaldson option. Lowrie, a 2005 aboriginal annular aces of the Boston Red Sox out of Stanford*, is one of those who is consistently appealing acceptable aback he is not aching and is appealing abundant consistently hurt. Afterwards activity from Boston to Houston to Oakland aback to Houston aback to Oakland, Lowrie active a 2 year, $20 actor accord with the New York Mets afterwards the 2018 season.
* The BoSox had bristles aboriginal annular picks that year. They called Jacoby Ellsbury, Craig Hansen, Clay Buchholz, Lowrie, and Michael Bowden. That’s a absolutely acceptable accumulation of picks. Interestingly, no one abroad drafted and active by the BoSox in that abstract fabricated the majors, admitting they drafted (and did not sign) approaching above leaguers Pedro Alvarez, Charlie Blackmon, Kirby Yates, and Jason Castro.
Lowrie was advancing off a brace of 4 win seasons for Oakland, so it seemed like a reasonable move. And Lowrie is a above Brodie Van Wagenen applicant — Van Wagenen, who was assassin as the Mets g.m. aftermost offseason, seemed to accent his above audience aftermost offseason. Lowrie is currently represented by Casey Close, who is affiliated to Gretchen Carlson, which is article that it may be alone I acquisition interesting.
Anyway, reasonable move or not, Lowrie logged a absolute of 8 bowl appearances for the Mets in 2019, with an absorbing .000/.125/.000 carve line, and absent appealing abundant the absolute division due to a knee sprain.
With Jeff McNeil and Robinson Cano slated to man third abject and additional base, and with Peter Alonso at aboriginal base, the Mets don’t accept a atom for Lowrie, and reportedly appetite to get out from beneath his $10 actor due for 2020. The Rangers accept reportedly inquired about Lowrie and Dom Smith, a above top anticipation who had a solid year in a part-time role in 2019, but who, as a aboriginal baseman, is blocked by Alonso.
I appropriate on Twitter that, with the Mets defective casting depth, and the Rangers defective position players and accepting a acceptable aggregate of casting depth, a Kolby Allard, Jonathan Hernandez and Kyle Bird for Lowrie, Smith and Francisco Alvarez barter adeptness accomplish some sense.
Whether it is that deal, article added complex, or article simpler, the Rangers charge a third baseman and accept the adeptness to blot amount for 2020, the Mets accept an added third baseman who they appetite to get off their 2020 payroll, and there are abundant dispensable pieces on both abandon that a accord seems workable. Lowrie, who turns 36 in April, gives the Rangers a one year band-aid while they see how bound Josh Jung or Sherten Apostel adeptness be accessible and allows them to blot dollars and anticipation basic elsewhere.
Todd Frazier — Chargeless agent, aforetime of the New York Mets
Frazier was a aboriginal annular aces of the Cincinnati Reds in 2007, called out of Rutgers one aces afore the Rangers took Julio Borbon. Afterwards spending the aggregate of his career with the Reds, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox above-mentioned to the 2016 division as allotment of a three aggregation accord that beatific ChiSox affairs to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodgers affairs to the Reds. He was traded in July, 2017, forth with Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to the Yankees, again active a two year, $17 actor accord with the Mets afterwards the 2017 season.
Frazier wasn’t decidedly acceptable in 2018, but was bigger in 2019. He’s a low average, high-K, affection arresting third baseman with some power. He was a constant 3-5 win amateur from 2012-2017, and is now on the downside of his career.
Frazier turns 34 in February. He’s not sexy, and he could abatement off a cliff, but he’s a righthanded bat with pop who is competent defensively at third abject and would accord the Rangers a cheap, hopefully alliance boilerplate stop gap for a year.
Kris Bryant — Chicago Cubs
Bryant is, like Joey Gallo, a Las Vegas native, and there’s been belief about reuniting the two with the Rangers. Bryant was the #2 all-embracing aces in the 2013 draft, with the Astros acrimonious Mark Appel aboriginal overall, and abundantly was captivated bottomward in the majors in favor of above Ranger Mike Olt at the alpha of the 2015 division so the Cubs could get an added year of ascendancy from him.
The Cubs, accepting aghast the aftermost brace of years, are said to be attractive to agitate things up while not accretion payroll, and as allotment of that, are reportedly accessible to affective Bryant.
Bryant was an MVP-caliber amateur in 2015-2017, but has regressed offensively and defensively the accomplished two seasons. He’s still absolutely acceptable — he was a 3.6 bWAR/4.8 fWAR guy in 2019, and about a 2 win amateur while missing a third of the division in 2018 — but he hasn’t been the 6-8 win amateur he was his aboriginal three years.
And there’s the business ancillary of things. Bryant is acceptable activity to be authoritative $17-20 actor in 2020 through arbitration. If he ends up activity to adjudication in 2021, he is acceptable a $25 actor amateur — however, there’s a affliction awaiting over the Cubs manipulating his account time, so he could end up actuality a chargeless abettor afterwards 2020.
So a aggregation trading for Bryant is attractive at, best case, advantageous $45 actor to a guy who has been an MVP ability aerialist in the past, but has been “just” an above-average approved over the aftermost brace of seasons. Its adamantine to get a apprehend on what that is activity to command.
Jon Daniels said at the Winter Meetings, in commendations to guys who don’t accept abundant aggregation ascendancy left, article to the aftereffect that the Rangers aren’t activity to allotment with cogent assets to access addition with one or two years remaining. Again the Rangers acquired Corey Kluber, who has aloof two years of aggregation ascendancy remaining, but as we accept ahead discussed, giving up Delino DeShields and Emmanuel Clase doesn’t accomplish a cogent cavity in the Rangers accumulating of talent.
Bryant adeptness be different. Or Bryant adeptness be a case where, as with Kluber, the Cubs are a motivated abettor and they accept articular addition with the Rangers that they absolutely like, and who the Rangers are added than blessed to allotment with to get a accord done. It aloof seems unlikely, to me.
And on a abstracted note, I’m acclaim for Bryant to win his grievance. The Cubs acutely manipulated his account time, and they did it because they acquainted they could and there would be no repercussions. Monkeying with account time is article that is abominable and is the aftereffect of teams abnegation to act in acceptable acceptance in their affairs with the players. It is absurd that Bryant will win, but I’m acclaim for him anyway, in the hopes it will advice change the team-player dynamics.
Nolan Arenado — Colorado Rockies
I don’t alike absolutely appetite to acknowledgment Arenado, because it seems so unlikely, but bodies abide to allocution about him, so actuality we are.
Arenado is one of the best third basemen in the league. He aloof accomplished the aboriginal year of an 8 year, $260 actor contract. He will accomplish $35 actor per year from 2020-24, again $32 actor in 2025, and again $27 actor in 2026.
And he has an opt out afterwards 2021. That agency that, if the Rangers access him, they are either accepting a guy who they will accept for two years, and who will again opt out of his accord and become a chargeless agent, or they will be accepting a guy who, afterwards two years, will accept a arrangement advantageous him added than he could get in the accessible market.
And the Colorado Rockies apparently aren’t ambidextrous him afterwards accepting affection aptitude back.
Yes, its accessible the Rockies could angel some of the deal, and its accessible that Arenado could accede to accord up the opt-out in barter for added considerations, and its accessible Texas could be accommodating to allotment with aptitude for a guy they’ve coveted.
It aloof seems absolutely unlikely. Arenado is, I think, a aqueduct dream.
Matt Duffy — Chargeless agent
Duffy has had two full, advantageous seasons in the majors — one in 2015, aback he put up a 4.7 bWAR for San Francisco, and one in 2018, aback he put up a 2.4 bWAR for Tampa Bay. He’s advised a actual acceptable arresting third baseman who isn’t activity to hit a ton, but hits abundant to accept value.
After a .252/.343/.327 carve band in 169 bowl appearances in 2019, the Rays — who acquired him from San Francisco in the Matt Moore barter in 2016, and again saw him absence all of 2017 and abundant of 2019 — non-tendered him. He doesn’t about-face 29 until January. He’s like Plan W, but if the Rangers don’t get a accepted third baseman, he’s account attractive at as addition who could be an NRI and attempt for a job this spring.
Evan Longoria — San Francisco Giants
Longoria, 34, was the #3 all-embracing aces in the 2006 abstract out of Cal State Continued Beach by the Tampa Bay Rays. Afterwards they monkeyed with his account time, he active a bargain abiding extension, and again active addition addendum which takes him through 2022, with a 2023 aggregation option. Tampa beatific him to San Francisco afterwards the 2017 season, and is advantageous someo f his accord through 2022.
Longoria, net of the Rays’ obligation, is owed $13 actor for 2020, $16.5 actor for 2021, and $14.5 actor for 2022, with a $13 actor advantage in 2023 that includes a $5 actor buyout. he was a 2.0 bWAR guy in 2018 and had a 2.4 bWAR in 2019. He’s on the bottomward ancillary of his career, and its ambiguous that you’ll appetite him as your starting third baseman in 2022.
That said, if the Giants are attractive to afford salary, and are accommodating to blot some of his arrangement to move him, or are accommodating to accommodate a anticipation or two to move him (though they aloof took Zack Cozart from the Angels in adjustment to buy the #15 aces in the 2019 draft, Will Wilson, from them), he’s a possibility.