When It Comes To McCann, The Rangers McShouldn’t

Yes it’s that wonderful time of year when people start putting together wish lists of all the things they want. No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I am speaking of baseball’s free agency period. A lot of fans want nothing more than to see their team spend all the money but one must face reality. No team is going to go out and sign all of the best players in the hopes of building a super—wait, I forgot about the 2012 Marlins. Okay, so it rarely ever happens.
Thanks to the curse, I mean blessing, of social media I have compiled a list of what Rangers fans most want. The list includes Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo, Matt Garza, A.J. Pierzynski, Mike Napoli, Brian McCann, oh what the heck, they want everybody. Like any fan of any team.

I wanted to touch base with McCann. He’s a power hitting catcher with above average defense behind the plate and he would be a nice addition to the Rangers’ lineup but I just don’t want him. Texas has re-signed Geovany Soto with the plan for him to be the starting catcher meaning that McCann would be one very expensive backup/1B/DH. And while it would be nice to have another power bat I have always wanted a catcher who was more defensive than offensive especially after the past few seasons of seeing runners steal on Ranger pitching left and right. But for the purpose of this article I’ll offer two less expensive free agent catchers that would be a nice fit. One is a defensive guy while the other is more of an offensive threat.

Carlos Ruiz

Yes he’s been in trouble twice and suspended for using Adderall and he is 35 but his defense is still pretty good and he would make a nice backup to Soto. He’s only hit double digit home runs once in his career and probably won’t ever again since he is on the downside of his career. But he is a veteran and would fit in well.

Dioner Navarro

After leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers-oh, wait that’s Dave Navarro, never mind. So Dioner Navarro would give a spark offensively off of the bench. He had his best season in 2013 hitting .300/.365/.492 with 13 home runs and an ISO of .192 for the Chicago Cubs. I wouldn’t mind seeing what he could do offensively at RBiA.

So there you go Rangers fans. I believe that if Texas can sign either Ruiz or Navarro it saves them money that they could use to go get a power bat somewhere else for the outfield or maybe first base as well. And I would be perfectly fine with that.

James Holland is a Senior Columnist for Shutdown Inning. He can be reached at James.Holland@shutdowninning.comor @SDIJamesHolland on Twitter. 
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