Texas Rangers: Big Trades Looming As Trade Deadline Approaches
By Andrew Webb
The Rangers continue to creep further and further away from contention as mid-season approaches. It could be time for the organization to consider trading veteran pieces to gain a young core.
The problems are not going away for the Texas Rangers, and the chances of them being sellers at the trade deadline continue to increase. General manager Jon Daniels and his crew might have a busy couple months ahead of them.
The story of the Texas Rangers this season has been a talented roster that can’t put it together. The bullpen has been horrendous, and the hitting has little consistency. The chances of this team putting it all together is slim at this point.
It’s not all bad, as the team could score valuable players for the future if they deal their veteran players. The biggest trade piece the Rangers have is ace Yu Darvish. The 30-year-old is set to become a free agent after the season, and is not close to an extension with Texas.
The Rangers will look to get a big return on Darvish as he’ll likely be the best pitcher available at the deadline. Teams like the Rockies and Dodgers could give up big-time young hitters for half a season of Darvish.
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That’s not all, both catcher Jonathan Lucroy and outfielder Carlos Gomez are set to be free agents as well. Neither player will draw the same kind of return as Darvish, but still valuable trade pieces. Lucroy could score a solid return just because he’ll be the best catcher available.
This could be a great July for the Rangers as this team is loaded with one-year veterans that can be shipped to contenders. It might sting to watch the Rangers sell at the deadline, but they could potentially load up on young prospects.
The Rangers roster is not known for its youth, and this could be the best chance to refuel the farm system. Trading for Cole Hamels and Jonathan Lucroy was a bold move, and it cost Texas plenty of young talent.
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This is the Rangers chance to get back what they lost. It’s time for the Rangers to be big-time sellers at the trade deadline, and refuel their farm system for the future.