Texas Rangers: If Brad Hand can return a top prospect, why can’t Keone Kela?
By Travis Koch
Will the Texas Rangers be able to move Kela for a similar return to Brad Hand’s?
The return of a top prospect for Keone Kela is possible, but unlikely. The Indians were by far the most desperate team in MLB for bullpen help. They may even still be. Unfortunately, Cleveland does not have the farm system depth to where they would be willing for fork over another major prospect for Kela. A deal involving Kela to Cleveland is probably off the table at this point.
There are other teams that could use Kela’s services. Specifically, the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies. The amount of young talent floating throughout the Braves’ minor league system is well-known. And the Rockies have a number of intriguing prospects and young MLB players as well.
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It will be a curious watch over the next 11 days to see if the Texas Rangers can find a good deal for Keone Kela. If you would like my opinion, I don’t think he is traded. I think the Rangers will only trade Kela if they could get a Brad Hand-esque return. Perhaps not the return of a top prospect, but at least something close behind. I’m not sure any contenders are willing to offer such a return.