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.