The Texas Rangers are in the news, signing free agent outfielder David Dahl to a 1yr/3 million dollar deal for the 2021 season. Texas will be a great spot for Dahl to try to get back to his 2019 form that saw him earn his first All-Star selection at the prime age of 25.
2020 was a different story for the former first round pick out of Oak Mountain High, seeing his production drop off significantly, posting a .183/.222/.247 line, with a .470 OPS. All his advanced stats were largely down as well, seeing himself drop nearly 17 percent in his average Hard Hit % from 2019 to 2020 (39.5 in ’19, 22.7 in ’20). On top of that, Dahl struggled mightily against breaking balls in 2020, seeing his average against them drop all the way down to .118.
On top of these declines, he is not an outstanding outfielder either, posting -7 DRS in his career, and ranking in the bottom 1st percentile in Outfielder Jump rate. Dahl might be destined for a DH role, or a move in position to possibly first base, but the Rangers regardless are getting a steal with the contract and potential upside on Dahl. If Dahl does preform anywhere close to his 2019 season, he will be an outstanding trade chip for a franchise that desperately needs young pieces in farm system.