Texas Rangers: Trade, keep, or extend Mike Minor?

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 09: Mike Minor #23 of the Texas Rangers looks on from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 09, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 09: Mike Minor #23 of the Texas Rangers looks on from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 09, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 04: Mike Minor #36 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Why not revisit the situation next year?

Texas can always delay the situation to next season. As long as Minor stays healthy, his trade value will maintain. He might even become more valuable if he proves his 2019 success was not a fluke.

Again, the Rangers definitely need him. His 2.68 ERA is far and away the lowest on the starting staff. He’s also pitched the most innings of any starter. Imagining what the team would be without him is terrifying.

As those prospects transition to the majors or climb through the minors, next year would be a great one to have Minor holding down the fort. He could protect the younger arms and maybe even instill some wisdom upon them.

He won’t be here next season, however.

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