Texas Rangers can parlay the Shelby Miller signing in multiple ways

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PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 07: Shelby Miller #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Chase Field on April 7, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 07: Shelby Miller #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Chase Field on April 7, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – JULY 29: Mike Minor #36 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 29, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

More room to overcome a Mike Minor trade

With Shelby Miller in play, the Rangers have at least seven pitchers prepared to fill five rotation slots. The list includes Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, Drew Smyly, Yohander Mendez, Ariel Jurado, Edinson Volquez, and Miller. Thus, there is some flexibility.

Because flexibility exists, the Texas Rangers can afford to lose an arm, whether that be to injury, underperformance, or TRADE. We’re all aware of the Mike Minor trade rumors. Teams have expressed interest in the lefty, and the Rangers are in a position to trade him.

Has a trade become more likely now that Miller is part of the team? A case can certainly be made. It doesn’t necessarily mean Texas will trade Minor tomorrow or even before the end of the offseason. But it does mean they can trade him at some point, without having to frantically try to replace him.

The situation might work out best if Texas holds onto Minor for a few months so they can see how Miller progresses. With that said, the priority is acquiring young talent. Timing for Miller is irrelevant if the Rangers get a great offer for Minor.

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