Outside of the last two outings by Lance Lynn and Mike Minor, things have not gone well for many starters not named Minor or Lynn, and it has fans starting to get worried. When should the Texas Rangers start their search for pitching help?
Yesterday on the “Ben and Skin Show” on 105.3 The Fan, Ben, and Skin had their weekly interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels, and asked him about if there are going to be any moves in the near future for any sort of help with the pitching staff or bullpen. You can listen to the full interview here.
Daniels basically said that there are not any moves that we should see as possible in the immediate future, because teams do not really trade until after the draft. He also mentioned that it is pretty rare for teams to make big trades this early in the season. From a historical standpoint, fans do not really see much action on the trade front until after the MLB draft in June.
To that point, it is very unlikely that we see any big moves until then. There is always the chance that the Rangers could look to acquire a small name player via a trade or another mean, such as waivers.
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It would make sense for a Rangers fan to be worried about the state of this teams pitching staff, given that there are only four pitchers with ERA’s below 5.24 and have pitched over ten innings (Adrian Sampson, Chris Martin, Shawn Kelley, and Mike Minor).
For a team that is going to be at least .500 at the conclusion of the first full month of the season, this has to be considered a win, and with the way the offense has been playing thus far, it is easy to get the feeling that this team is just a few solid pitchers away from being legit contenders.
As long as the offense stays hot, and can find a way to keep the team over .500, Rangers fans should look forward to Jon Daniels making some moves to help the pitching staff come June and July if the Rangers are still in contention at that time.