4 potential trade targets for the Colorado Rockies from the Texas Rangers

Jul 26, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman Ryan McMahon (24) turns a double play on Texas Rangers left fielder Nick Solak (15) in the third inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 26, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman Ryan McMahon (24) turns a double play on Texas Rangers left fielder Nick Solak (15) in the third inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Nick Solak
BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 24: Nick Solak #15 of the Texas Rangers takes a swing during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 24, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Texas Rangers infielder Nick Solak could provide the Colorado Rockies with the versatile bench bat

Nick Solak has been a versatile player for the Texas Rangers in recent years but the former top prospect’s bat has not quite developed. However, coming to the Colorado Rockies could help change that.

Solak, who turns 27 next month, made his MLB debut with Texas in 2019 after he was acquired from the Rays earlier in the year in a trade. The Rays got him from the Yankees in a three-team trade in 2018.

In 2021, Solak played in 127 games for the Rangers and he hit .242/.314/.362 with an OPS+ of 87. He had a nearly identical season in 2020 as, in 58 games, he had an OPS+ of 86.

However, in 2021, the Rangers also had Solak spend some time in Triple-A (22 games) and he hit very well there (.353 batting average with an OPS of .867) so now, he just has to show that his bat can translate to the majors.

In 2021, Solak exclusively played second base but he has extensive MLB playing time in left field, center field, and first base. He also played a handful of games in right field in the minor leagues.

Given that Solak only has 2+ years of MLB service time, the Rangers may still have some hope that he will develop with his bat but considering that Marcus Semien is going to be replacing him at second base, they also may be willing to trade him.

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