Rangers sign David Dahl to a one-year deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Texas Rangers have signed outfielder David Dahl to a one-year deal. He’ll make $2.7 million for the 2021 season.

The deal was agreed to last week. However, it was not finalized until to Tuesday by the Rangers.

Former Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl shags a fly ball during batting practice
David Dahl shags a fly ball during batting practice (Photo by David Dahl/Instagram)

This is Dahl’s second MLB team. He comes to the Rangers after spending four seasons with the Colorado Rockies.

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This is a gamble for the Rangers. If it works out, he’ll be the team’s starting left fielder.

“Obviously I have to come to Spring Training healthy and show everybody what I can do,” Dahl said. “That’s the expectation, but you have to go earn it, and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”

He became a free agent on December 2nd when the Rockies did not tender him a contract for the 2021 season. Due to Dahl having just more than three-years of service time, he will not be eligible for free agency until the 2023 season.

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“The biggest thing is they are building and getting close to winning,” Dahl said. “They have a lot of good young players, and they are giving me the opportunity to come in and play every day. That is a huge factor, plus being closer to home, my wife’s family is from Houston. That’s pretty close. I’m really excited. The Rangers showed interest right off the bat, and it’s a place where I really wanted to come.”

The 2020 season was a disaster for Dahl. He had his worst season of his career.

He had a .183 batting average with just nine RBIs in 24 games. He also had two doubles and two triples on 17 hits, while scoring nine runs.

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In his career, Dahl has appeared in 264 MLB games. He appeared in a career-high 100 games during the 2019 season.

He has one All-Star appearance, which also came in 2019.

Dahl has a .286 batting average with 38 home runs and 142 RBIs in the aforementioned 264 games. He has had 268 hits, including 53 doubles and 14 triples, in 938 at-bats.

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He also has scored 149 career runs. He’s struck out 265 times and walked 66 times.

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