Ranking the Texas Rangers Trades from this Summer
By Kenneth Nash
1. Texas Turns Jake Diekman into Two Prospects
Despite not bringing in the pure talent that Keone Kela’s trade did, sending Jake Diekman to the Diamondbacks was the best deal the Rangers made this summer. Considering the Rangers didn’t have tons of leverage with Diekman as he’s struggled this year and had an expiring contract, the fact that they pulled a prospect of Huang’s quality and a Player To Be Named Later is impressive.
Wei-Chieh Huang seems the be the headline of this deal for Texas and they got more than most of us expected. Ranked as the 22nd prospect in the D-Backs system by MLB Prospect Watch at the time of the deal, the reliever from Taiwan sports two above average pitches that make him a weapon out of the bullpen. Once hoped to be a starter, injuries forced Huang to move to a multi-inning reliever role. If he continues to develop, he may have the ability to be a 6th and 7th inning reliever that could help the Rangers get from their starters to their setup man and closer.
Much like Kela’s deal, this one could go from good to great depending on who the PTBNL is. While it probably won’t be any impact prospect, the fact that Texas was able to move Diekman for a Top 30 prospect and another player is really impressive. For more on the deal, check out this detailed write up.