The Texas Rangers signed outfielder David Dahl, 26, to a one year deal. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the deal is worth less than $3 million, at least in base salary.
The Rockies draft David Dahl in the 1st round of the 2012 draft. He was the 10th overall pick.
It’s a good thing the 2020 season is in the rear view because that’s probably where Dahl prefers it. His line at the plate was .183/.222/.247/.470 with no home runs and 9 RBI.
Dahl isn’t far removed from an All-Star season. In 2019, he hit a line of .302/.353/.524/.877 at the plate with 15 home runs and 61 RBI.
The ultimate hope is that Dahl can get back to his All-Star form. The key for him will be to remain healthy. The most games he’s played in a season is 100 games in 2019 and then he hurt his ankle. In his rookie year (2016) he played in 63 games. He didn’t play a Major-League game in 2017 due to a rib injury but he played in 19 Minor-League games. In 2018 missed a couple of months with a broken right foot.
Defensively Dahl has a career fielding percentage of .988 and had played every outfield position.
I absolutely like this signing for the Rangers. This is a low-risk, high-reward signing and there is no long-term commitment. Willie Calhoun can just slide into the DH spot, which is better suited for him. I’m liking the thought of an outfield consisting of Dahl (LF), Taveras (CF) and Gallo (RF).
What do you think of the Rangers signing Dahl?