Texas Rangers: Keone Kela most valuable on the roster and most valuable reliever on the trade market
By Travis Koch
Keone Kela is young and under control
Kela is a late bloomer in some respects, but he’s still only 25 years old. Potential suitors would be getting a player that has just entered into his prime. Kela has quality mechanics which bodes well for future health. Aside from a couple of visits to the DL in his short career, he has proven to be quite durable.
Another benefit to teams of interest is Kela’s contract. He is making just $1.2 million this season and he is arbitration eligible through 2020. Thus, a team that acquires Kela will have contractual control over him for at least the following two seasons.
Youth and team control make Keone Kela even more enticing. He is younger and more affordable than any other reliever on the market. And he might just be the most talented reliever on the market. Contending teams in need of bullpen help should be ringing Jon Daniels’ (Texas Rangers’ General Manger) phone off the hook in regard to Keone Kela.