Why the Rangers Shouldn't Be Sellers


I am getting a lot of comments and questions asking me my opinion on whether the Rangers should sell off everyone and start over at the trade deadline. While that seems like a popular thing amongst Rangers fans, I am not ready to be on that bandwagon just yet. I am also not ready to be on the bandwagon that some of the Dallas pundits are on, the “this is all JD’s fault and he should be fired immediately” bandwagon. Was I happy with the Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler trade when it happened? No. Was I happy with the amount and years of the Shon-Soo Choo contract? No. But I believe that this team would be totally different if they had not used the DL over 20+ times this season already.

Many people are saying that the people on the DL would not make that big of a difference. If healthy, Fielder is a much, much better first baseman than Carlos Pena. But most of the problems come in the form of Rangers  pitching. If everyone is healthy coming into spring training, Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers are still in the bull pen and so if Neftali Feliz. Then there is the rotation: No Derek Holland, no Martin Perez, no Matt Harrison, no Alexi Ogando. Four guys that would have been in the rotation. This team was projected by some to be a contender this season at the start of the season.  See here.

This season has been disappointing to be sure, but lets be honest: this team is not rock bottom when healthy, they could compete in my opinion. So let’s not overreact and get rid of everyone to start over, because it’s not time to do that in my opinion. What do you think?

 

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  • Jaxsonschreck

    I absolutely agree that it is too soon to sell off everybody. This season has been disastrous as far as the injuries go; however, the rangers will be healthy to start next year. People like andrus should NOT be traded! The only two that I feel need to be traded are, unfortunately, Beltre and Rios. Both of there contracts will be up at the end of the year and both will probably sign with a team that they feel will contend AND pay them good money. Especially Beltre because as he ages, his World Series opportunities are dwindling. If Profar wasn’t hurt I would say to trade either Profar or odor depending on who they thought better represented their future. I don’t see both of them getting significant playing time with andrus at short unless one moves to third.

    • Joe_Coco

      Beltre and Rios are both under contract thru next year, and Profar is untradable until he’s healthy and until he shows he can do something you wouldn’t get anything for him anyway.

      • Jaxsonschreck

        You’re only partially right Jose. Rios can opt out this year. Also, you misunderstood me about Profar. I acknowledged that he cannot be traded due to his disabled list status; however, Profar was one of the most coveted prospects a couple years ago when the rangers were buyers. Therefore, Profar, if healthy, is of some value to a lot of teams who need middle infield relief. The rangers appear to have many middle infield prospects who are nearing the major league readiness level. Back to rios and beltre.. The last thing we want is to see two elite players leave for absolutely nothing. Still thinking about to josh Hamilton and c.j. Wilson pains me that we were left empty handed. At least then we were World Series contenders.

  • Joe_Coco

    Actually I would like to see them be buyers! David price along with Yu and Holland next year would be pretty nasty front end of the rotation.

    • Lee Stitzel

      Joe, to get Price you would have to trade Joey Gallo, and at least one of Luke Jackson, Chi Chi Gonzalez and Jorge Alfaro, along with another two decent prospects. Are you willing to do this?

      • The Swami

        for Price? that’s a no brainer. no holding propsects that are hit and miss (and most miss) when someone is dangling a young Cy Young proven winner out there! I’d happily give up a bunch of hopefuls and maybe-never-will-be’s for david Price. this is precisely what is wrong with JD. we are soooooooo close to legitimate contention and he won’t go all in and make the leap. a rotation of Darvish/Price followed by the usual suspects suddenly becomes one of the best in baseball instead of this shambles we have today.

  • The Swami

    this was fool’s gold by JD before the season began. we have an uber-stud in Darvish and then a whole lot of question marks in the rotation and #5 starters. we’d been waiting for years for Holland to “take the next step’, before he decided that next step was down the stairs over his dog. Perez looks like a nice #4 starter with #3 possibility, but counting on him for 200IP and steady hand in season 1.5 is also absurd pre-injury. Counting on Harrison (who frankly is average at BEST even if you ignore his injury history was also stupid by JD. This is a team that desperately needed another top notch starter to really compete, and made no effort to find one or trade for one because JD is arrogant and thinks he is Billy Beane now that Nolan is gone. You reap what you sow. If these players were healthy could we compete? sure. another 90 win season and a wild card game. as constructed even at season start with no injuries though, this was never EVER going to be a serious world series contender. that is what pisses me off about this whole ensuing debacle.

    • The Swami

      so to sell? probably not, although i’m firmly in the camp of getting something for overrated Andrus in the unlikely event we could. what we need to do and STILL need to do going into 2015 is go find another legitimate #2/#3 starter or this is all for naught.