Ranking the Texas Rangers Trades from this Summer
By Kenneth Nash
5. Jesse Chavez for Tyler Thomas in a Straight Swap
In terms of value for the move, this trade actually was pretty high considering Chavez was a long reliever on an expiring contract. Not really a name that many were throwing out there as a trade candidate, Texas jumped on the opportunity to flip Jesse Chavez to the Chicago Cubs for a low end pitching prospect.
In a straight swap, the Rangers brought in Tyler Thomas, a left handed pitcher in Single-A. For the Cubs affiliate, Thomas had put up an impressive season making 14 starts, 15 appearances, and posting a 2.88 ERA and a WHIP of just 0.96. Not a highly touted prospect, this move was capitalizing one Jesse Chavez’s good year out of the bullpen and turning it into a pitcher that could develop and become an impact reliever for the big league club in the future.
When this deal first happened, we gave the move a grade of a B-.