Texas Rangers: Let’s Talk About Trade Packages

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Jul 23, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara (30) celebrates with teammate Jurickson Profar (19) after hitting a two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA Today Sports
Jul 23, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara (30) celebrates with teammate Jurickson Profar (19) after hitting a two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA Today Sports /
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Who are we willing to let the Texas Rangers give up in a trade? Who are you, as a fan of the Texas Rangers, willing to see them trade away?

The Texas Rangers are coming off of what is called a winning streak… that’s right they may be trying to salvage this horrible July by saving all of their wins until the end of it. An Adrian Beltre HR blast into the visiting bullpen in the bottom of the 9th, down 2 with a man on first, and two outs turned out to be the special of the day.

The legend of Adrian Beltre continues to grow with such magic that their are questions if the fans may not realize the greatness that we are experiencing right now. But this magical swing on a first pitch of the at bat does not negate the fact that the team was in that position because of a starting pitcher struggling from the first inning, again.

There is still a need to add a piece to the rotation while waiting for Derek Holland and more so Colby Lewis to join the team off of the DL in the next 3-4 weeks. Therefore, we arrive at that question again, who are we willing to give up in a trade?

The obvious top trade bait for other teams should be as follows:

  • Player                                           GP                HR         RBI             Average              OBP
  • Jurickson Profar   (SS,IF)          46                  4           14                 .286                  .337
  • Nomar Mazara     (RF)              91                 12          40                 .285                  .340
  • *Joey Gallo               (3rd, OF)   70                 19          47                 .246                  .381
  • *Lewis Brinson       (OF)            75                 11         39                  .228                  .278
  •                                                           W           L         ERA      GS
  • *Dillon Tate              (RHP)            3           3         4.90      15
  • *Luis Ortiz                (RHP)            4           6         3.44       1

*Minor League Stats

Jurickson Profar “The Chosen One” is the most versatile player that the Texas Rangers can plug into basically any spot on the field which is beneficial given the recent losses to the DL of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder. He has exceptional skills in the filed an besides a recent slump, he has been quite good at the plate as a switch-hitter.

Nomar Mazara “The Big Chill” came on to the scene in a big way after filling in for an injured Shin-Soo Choo. He has made a case for AL rookie of the year and continues to be an everyday starter that has been dependable.

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Joey Gallo has been coveted for a second year now, the childhood teammate of Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant has only seen a small stint in the big leagues but has been a true hit or miss slugger. It does appear that he has been working on his strikeout range but still sounds like he may have some maturing sill left to go before he will be called up.

It was interesting that he was not called up after the Fielder news but GM Jon Daniels said in an interview on 105.3 The Fan, that they wanted him to come up with some momentum. A good observation is that when he has been promoted and has struggled, then sent back down, the next time he is promoted again he has improved on his previous performance.

The other 3 prospects have not seen big league time yet. Brinson has great potential and may be with the Texas Rangers next year. Dillon Tate was a 1st round pick and may have his greatest trade value at this point. Luis Ortiz is projected by many to potentially be a number 3 in the pitching rotation within the next couple of years.

It is difficult to decide who to give up but it is safe to say that the top 3 guys on this list could only be traded if it was for a piece that the Texas Rangers would have control of for a few years and that would all but guarantee a ticket to the World Series this year. I would only think that it would be appropriate to involve 2 of these prospects in a trade if it was for Chris Sale or maybe Sonny Gray who would come with a team friendly contract for the next few years.

I think that in the offseason either Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar will be traded because of their trade value at this point in their career. If Brinson is moved soon then I expect the Texas Rangers would make a big push to resign Ian Desmond and possibly trade Elvis Andrus to create the money for that move to occur. What is your guess to what may happen at the trade deadline and even this upcoming offseason?

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