Who are the Texas Rangers “Untouchables” in Trade Talks?

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 26: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 26: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – MAY 04: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers hits a standup double in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – MAY 04: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers hits a standup double in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) /

Nomar Mazara

This one is probably the least surprising of the two. Or at least the one you guessed off the top of your head. Nomar Mazara is without a doubt the most valuable player on the Texas Rangers. At just 23-years old, he’s on pace for his best season yet hitting just a couple ticks shy of .280. His overall slash line this season is .278/.339/.472. Those are All-Star caliber numbers. And as I mentioned earlier, he’s just 23.

Mazara possesses a gifted swing from the left side of the plate. His power shows itself in his 14 homeruns and 14 doubles. He also has been arguably the best situational hitter for Texas this season leading the team with 51 RBI. To go along with his stellar plate, he also has shown this year that he has a cannon in right field. While not necessarily the most savvy outfielder, he has unleashed throws this season to gun down runners which is why he leads the Rangers in outfield assists. His talent on the field combined with his age means he is the future of this organization. He will be the building block that the franchise develops around for years to come.

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