It’s been short-lived, but it’s time to put an end to any Nomar Mazara trade talk. Now is not the time for the Texas Rangers to move him. In fact, there may not ever be a time to move him.
Nomar Mazara trade rumors have gained momentum lately and I don’t like it. The Texas Rangers right fielder is part of an outfield mix that consists of Joey Gallo, Shin-Soo Choo, Delino DeShields, and Willie Calhoun. Clearly, two men within that mix will be slighted come 2019 opening day, but why would Mazara be one at risk?
Texas Rangers’ insider, TR Sullivan tweeted the following on Tuesday:
The Jon Daniels quote does not specify any offensive players, but it’s not difficult to figure which ones would qualify as the juiciest trade bait. At the top of the list would be Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo.
If you had to pick one that would spark the most interest in the trade market, the scale weighs towards Mazara.
All of Major League Baseball is trying to figure out what Gallo is, including the Rangers. Right now, the jury is still out on whether Gallo is a Chris Davis or a Khris Davis. The uncertainty throughout would likely hurt the slugger’s trade value.
Mazara’s style of play, on the other hand, is much more lucid. Though he hasn’t yet reached his full potential, his talent is obvious and the majority of MLB teams would be willing to invest in the 23-year-old to see what he could become.
So yes, if the Texas Rangers want to move Mazara this offseason then they will. But isn’t this possibility being discussed a bit prematurely?
Texas needs to hold onto Nomar Mazara through the offseason for three reasons: