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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PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 05: Shelby Miller #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning of the MLB game against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field on July 5, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

Fingers crossed Miller has a good year

Basically, anyone the Texas Rangers sign that is above the age of 25 has a chance to be traded. That’s simply where they stand in the rebuilding process. They took the same approach last year, though, it didn’t work out.

Texas hoped they might strike gold with Bartolo Colon, Doug Fister or Matt Moore. A quality year from any one of them and the Rangers could have flipped them for a prospect or two. Instead, they got little-to-nothing from all three (besides a number of tireless Bartolo bloopers).

Shelby Miller is 28 years old; therefore, he could be traded if he holds value throughout the year. A revival year from Miller would definitely intrigue contenders as they look to bolster their rotations for the final stretch of the season and for the postseason.

If the Rangers can’t get what they want for Miller, there’s no shame in keeping him. They signed him for cheap; plus, they can always resign him in the offseason if he’s earned it.

Next. It may be time to temper expectations for Joey Gallo. dark

The Miller signing is as much experimental as it is strategic. Nothing of what I just said matters if he gets hurt again or if he struggles mightily at the big league level. Though, setbacks from the right-hander won’t throw the Texas Rangers off track. They signed him for cheap, so any positive results he gives the team will come as a bonus to a low-risk move.

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