The Texas Rangers are currently in dead last in the American League West and it appears they are about the trade away Joakim Soria. They are sitting 21.0 game behind the Oakland Athletics and are not even in the picture for the last wild card spot. They have lost 22 of their last 25 games, something that hasn’t been done since their horrible season back in 1972.
Saying this team is awful really is fair, but it might be true. They have been plagued with injury after injury and have brought up several top prospects to patch the holes. For a while that has worked, but the month of June was brutal to them and July has been a slap in the face. For the month of July they have a record of 1-12; on pace for a franchise worst month, EVER!
With all that, this team clearly isn’t planning to make a playoff run. The plans now for the season is to re-tool for next season. They have several great pieces to this team still to build around for next year. Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Derek Holland an numerous others.
But, with the trade deadline nearing, it is time to dangle what they can out there and get the most back. They have already started the fire sale earlier this week when they traded Jason Frasor.
Now, it appears that they are in serious talks with the Detroit Tigers to trade away Joakim Soria.
Tigers are having ongoing discussions with the Rangers about reliever Joakim Soria, sources say. @FOXSports1
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 18, 2014
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Texas Rangers are willing to trade Soria. Hopefully they’ll be able to get something good in return. If they do in deed make a trade with the Tigers, that could be a problem for the Texas Rangers. The Tigers are not stacked very well in their minors with pitching prospects. If they can possibly get some of their top prospects, that might lead to some good pitching in 2016 and beyond.
Joakim Soria will be missed if he does depart. This season over 32 games/30.1 innings he has a 2.67 ERA with 16 saves out of 17 with 40 strikeouts and only 4 walks. He’s been very dominate this year and appears to regained his closer caliber pitching ability he had before surgery.
He’s not the only player the Rangers have on the trade market. They have mentioned that they are listening on offers for players such as Alex Rios, Neal Cotts, Adrian Beltre and even Yu Darvish. Though it is highly unlikely they’ll trade Beltre or Darvish, but you should prepare yourself for anything. If anything major like that happens, it might suggest the Texas Rangers are planning for 2016 and beyond and consider 2015 a rebuilding year.