Texas Rangers: One bold prediction for every position player
By Travis Koch
Calhoun is dealt
Same story, different year… Willie Calhoun has his back to the wall trying to make the Texas Rangers opening day roster. As the outfield is playing out, it seems he’ll miss the cut and be sent to Triple-A Nashville.
Two things: He’s not showing signs of being an impact player at the major league level, and the Rangers don’t have room for him. They can execute their due diligence once again by promoting him in lieu of injury or as part of September call-ups, but what is that really doing for either party?
If Texas can’t play him, trade him. Outfielders that are more highly regarded are on their way up from the minors; a couple should reach the majors over the next couple of seasons. Thus, the window of opportunity will not get any larger for Calhoun.
He’s not the type of player that will headline a deal (although he was the headliner in the package that came to Texas from L.A.), but he could surely sweeten a deal.
Let’s say the Rangers have trade interest in Mike Minor come July. Adding a young, promising bat with plenty of success in the minor leagues could intrigue a number of teams and warrant a bigger trade return. The Rangers could swap a 31-year-old pitcher (Minor), along with a covered up talent (Calhoun), for a player or two that can directly impact the rebuild.