Should the Texas Rangers Acquire Closer A.J. Ramos?

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 23: AJ Ramos (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 23: AJ Ramos (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Finding consistent bullpen has been the biggest problem for the Rangers this season. The organization has been unable to find a legitimate closer, and it continues to haunt them on almost a daily basis.

Early this week the Texas Rangers announced that they’ve decided to go bullpen by committee. Reliever Matt Bush was stripped of the closer role after going 10 of 15 in save opportunities this season.

Sadly, Bush was the most consistent closer the Rangers have found this season. Former Ranger Sam Dyson was the closer to begin the season. He failed to convert a save in four chances, and was crushed the first couple months of the season. The Rangers later traded Dyson to the San Francisco Giants which led to Bush’s promotion.

The Rangers will likely be sellers at the trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean they still can’t be buyers as well. Trading their veterans on one-year deals is a smart move for the front office. They still have a hole in the bullpen regardless, and it could be fixed with one simple move.

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Call up the Miami Marlins and acquire closer A.J. Ramos. This season Ramos is 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA and has 15 saves in 16 chances. He’s been one of the most underrated closing pitchers over the last few seasons.

The 30-year-old relief pitcher is currently in his sixth season with the Marlins. Ramos has a 2.17 career ERA and 87 saves in over 300 MLB games. He’s an elite closer without all the money and long-term deal attached to him.

The Marlins have been reportedly shopping Ramos the last couple of seasons around the trade deadline, but no deal yet. It’s time for the Rangers to make a move and acquire Ramos to fix the closer problem.

Ramos is not eligible for free agency until after the 2019 season. That gives the Rangers at least two solid seasons with a lock down closer. It’s time to stop this game of musical chairs at closer and acquire a talent pitcher with experience.

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It’s only July and the Rangers are nearing 20 blown saves on the season. It’s time to go out and acquire someone that can get the job done. General manager Jon Daniels need to go out and acquire A.J. Ramos and the fans in Arlington will thank him for it later.