The Texas Rangers rumor mill is at full tilt right now as the month of June starts to wrap up and the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline quickly approaches.
The rumor mill is in high gear right now as the we quickly approach the MLB Trade Deadline which is now just over a month away. The Texas Rangers are definitive sellers in this years market and don’t seem to be taking anytime making players available. Evan Grant, citing a Major League source, reported that Texas is making three players available. Third baseman, Adrian Beltre, along with relievers, Jake Diekman and Keone Kela.
Beltre is a name that is expected by many to be dealt this trade season. A 39-year old veteran, he’s hitting .309 this season and carries an impressive .368 on-base percentage. Still a defensive wizard, it’s not question that a team needing a solid bat or a third baseman would jump at the chance to land Adrian. In fact, he’s already been connected to the Philadelphia Phillies which we covered last week.
Jake Diekman is also not a surprise to be on this list. The veteran reliever has been nothing but impressive this season since returning from health struggles last year. Diekman is posting a 2.96 ERA through 27.1 innings to go along with 35 strikeouts. The hard throwing lefty also has an expiring contract meaning a team with long-term cap issues could still pursue him as a rental.
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The name many wouldn’t expect to see dealt is Keone Kela. The 25-year old has been nothing short of stellar as a closer this season and isn’t able to be a free agent until 2022. With 19 straight converted save opportunities, it would seem a no-brainer for Texas to build around the youngster. However what makes him so valuable to the Rangers also makes him valuable on the trade market. Kela probably could command the most return in a trade because the team trading for him could essentially lock down their closer role for the next four years.
As always, take these rumors with a grain of salt but don’t be surprised when some beloved names get moved in the next month. The Rangers will be looking to rebuild and capitalize of the desperation of current contenders.