Texas Rangers rumors: Nomar Mazara to the Arizona Diamondbacks or the St. Louis Cardinals is a potential move that continues to be the subject of rumors, with T.R. Sullivan mentioning this afternoon that the D-Backs, who are looking for an outfielder, could be a match with the Rangers, who are looking to move a lefthanded hitting outfielder.
A report out of St. Louis this morning, meanwhile, indicates that the Cardinals have had discussions with the Rangers about outfield help. Cardinals president John Mozeliak said today that if the teams lands a lefthanded hitting outfielder it would likely be via the trade market, which makes St. Louis a potential trade fit with Texas.
It is sounding more and more like the Rangers are going to make a move to clear their log jam of four lefty-hitting COF/DH guys who have just three spots available to them. Joey Gallo isn’t going anywhere, Shin-Soo Choo has a no trade clause, and Willie Calhoun appears to have solidified his hold on a role in Texas, which means that Nomar Mazara, whose progress has stagnated over the past four years, could be the odd man out.
It is possible that the Rangers could subsidize some of Choo’s deal to move him to a team that he would accept a trade to, and that would want to use him as a DH or that can live with his defense in right field. It is also possible that Mazara could be optioned, despite likely making almost $6 million per year in 2020, or moved to first base. Reading the tea leaves right now, though, seems to suggest that there’s a good chance Mazara will be somewhere else come spring training.