Texas Rangers: If Brad Hand can return a top prospect, why can’t Keone Kela?
By Travis Koch
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The San Diego Padres received a top organizational prospect in dealing reliever Brad Hand to Cleveland. Could the Texas Rangers accomplish the same with Keone Kela?
A notable trade occurred Thursday evening that brought San Diego Padres’ reliever Brad Hand to the Cleveland Indians. In exchange, the Indians sent top prospect Francisco Mejia to San Diego. Mejia ranks #15 on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list. A standard has been set over the past few years indicating top relievers on the trade market warrant the return of at least one major prospect. With that said, what does the standard mean for Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela? How does his situation compare to Brad Hand’s?