Trade Likelihood: 65%
This might not sit well with Rangers fans; however, Keone Kela’s value has skyrocketed in 2018. He is 15 for 15 in save opportunities this season and he is averaging over a strikeout per inning pitched. The 25-year-old is as dominant and as confident as ever, and that puts opponents in serious danger.
Dominant closers have been a trade deadline fad over the past few seasons. Kela may not have the reputation of a Aroldis Chapman or a Wade Davis, but he is right there with those guys in terms of performance (at least this season). He could be a major weapon out of the bullpen for a contender. Even if he doesn’t take on a closer role, a playoff worthy team will find a way to use him, and use him often.
In addition, Kela is under team control through the 2020 season. Thus, any team that acquires him will have control over his contract for the next two seasons. He won’t be a rental and the team that gets him will be getting a player that is on the rise in his career.
Sounds like an opportunity for the Texas Rangers to cash in, doesn’t it? They could probably obtain a nice prospect in exchange for Keone Kela.