This season hasn’t gone as Jon Daniels and the Texas Rangers have hoped. They started the season with big dreams of making another playoff run after acquiring several key pieces to make this team better. After trading for Prince Fielder and acquiring Shin-Soo Choo via free agency it seemed like all of the pieces were coming together.
But as the calendar flipped over to 2014 the injuries started piling on and piling on quick. No one would have imagined a dog, motorcycle, pillow and a bed would cause so many issues with the starting rotation and a line up dubbed as murderer’s row. By the time May rolled around the team had lost key component’s to the starting rotation and the offense that basically doomed the season.
The Texas Rangers should be buyers at the trade deadline, but with a horrible record of 42-64 and 23.5 games behind the first place Oakland Athletics they are going to be sellers. Well before the trade deadline Jon Daniels has let the baseball world know he’s listening on just about every player. It was known early that closer Joakim Soria was being dangled on the open market and it wasn’t long before Detroit Tigers made an offer.
The Rangers picked up 2 of the Tigers top prospects, which didn’t even come close to being on the top 100 prospect list. But, they’ll likely continue to offer up players as the trade deadline nears. It seems likely that outfielder Alex Rios will be traded. There has been a lot of talk recently and it appears to be picking up now.
Even though they are trading some big names away at key positions, it doesn’t seem to indicate yet that they are planning on 2015 to be a rebuilding year. Jon Daniels has said over and over that two key assets in the organization as still considered untouchable. That means that it is very unlikely that Yu Darvish or third baseman Adrian Beltre will be dealt away this year. Both still have plenty of years left on their contracts and more importantly if the Texas Rangers do plan to compete next year they’ll need both of them.
They are already very short on pitchers and losing Yu Darvish would surely signal the Daniels is waving the white flag for a few years. They could stand to trade Beltre, if they received the right pieces back in the trade. Many point to the future they Rangers have with third baseman Joey Gallo who is tearing the cover off the ball in the minors. But, Gallo is still green and developing his defensive and offensive skills. It is highly unlikely that Gallo would be included in the September callups this season. More than likely Gallo is part of the 2016 plans to allow him plenty of time to become the third baseman they need.
Even though several players might be traded away, the good news is they are keeping some of their best assets. Everything still points to Jon Daniels believing he has built a solid team. With most players recovering from injuries next year, they should be a solid contender to win the American League West.