The Texas Rangers and third baseman Will Middlebrooks have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. A former top prospect of the Red Sox, Middlebrooks’ stock has fallen considerably.
After scuffling in three seasons in Boston, he was shipped to San Diego for Ryan Hanigan, and was eventually signed by Milwaukee as a minor league free agent.
Now 28, Middlebrooks is coming off of a decent season at Triple-A, in which he slashed .282/.308/.508 with ten home runs, however the fact that he was playing in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League may have skewed those numbers a tad. Middlebrooks elected free agency in October after being outrighted off of the 40-man roster.
Middlebrooks faces an uphill battle to make the Rangers’ roster out of Spring Training. Texas has a notoriously strong infield consisting of Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar with Gallo waiting in the wings for the Designated Hitter job. His main competition will be Ryan Rua and Gallo, however he seems likely to head to Round Rock to serve as some infield depth.