Texas Rangers: Keone Kela most valuable on the roster and most valuable reliever on the trade market

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 22: Keone Kela #50 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 22, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 22: Keone Kela #50 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 22, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 9: Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after giving up a 12th inning walk off home run to Jeimer Candelario (not in photo) of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 9, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Cleveland 4-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

The markets sets up ideally for Keone Kela

We’ve seen relievers take over control of the trade market for a few consecutive years now. It’s kind of the new routine. Names like Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, and Brandon Kintzler have shifted the market in previous seasons. Closer Kelvin Herrera being traded to the Washington Nationals last month was the first big move of the year.

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While Keone Kela does not have the track record to match any of those relievers, he certainly has the talent and potential to warrant a very notable trade prior to the July 31st trade deadline.

Contenders in desperate need of Kela’s services are the Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves. Each team is in the bottom half of MLB in bullpen ERA; Cleveland ranks dead last and Colorado third to last. The Los Angeles Angels could be tossed in the mix too. Though, they are quite the disoriented bunch at the moment.

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Expect negotiations to really heat up over the next week. Rumors should surface at a greater rate and deals should be inked soon enough. From the perspective of the Texas Rangers, now is the perfect time to swap Keone Kela for some prospect talent. It’s tough to let a high-caliber closer go; however, we’ve seen the kind of talent contending teams are willing to give up for exactly that.

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