The Texas Rangers decided to make a move before the waiver wire deadline and acquire some pitching depth. Does this trade give the Rangers enough fire power to make a late season playoff push?
On Thursday the Texas Rangers acquired veteran righty Miguel Gonzalez in an attempt to bolster their pitching staff for the final month of the season. In exchange for Gonzalez the White Sox received infielder Ti’Quan Forbes.
In addition to trading Forbes and acquiring Gonzalez the Rangers also designated pitcher Anthony Bass for assignment. This move was to open up a roster spot on the 40-man roster for Gonzalez to join the squad.
It has been an average season for Gonzalez on the South Side. This season he’s 7-10 with a 4.31 ERA in 22 starts. He’s currently posting a 1.8 WAR, and could bring some much-needed help to the Rangers pitching staff.
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The 33-year-old Gonzalez is eligible for free agency after this season. Luckily for the Rangers this is likely just a cheap late season rental. This is not saying Gonzalez isn’t a good pitcher, but he won’t be pitching at the top of the rotation.
Having Gonzalez on the roster means that he will likely slide into the rotation for Nick Martinez. The Rangers have moved Tyson Ross to the bullpen, and that has opened up a spot in the pitching rotation.
The Rangers didn’t give up much in this deal, and scored a useful veteran pitcher. This deal is a win for Texas and hopefully can help boost this team back into the postseason race in the American League.