Texas Rangers: Trade, keep, or extend Mike Minor?
By Travis Koch
Mike Minor will be traded this season
Here are the facts:
- Mike Minor has the 13th lowest starter’s ERA in baseball.
- He’s thrown the 19th most innings, his 1.04 WHIP ranks 16th in MLB and his .207 opponent’s batting average ranks 17th.
- Dominant starting pitchers are the crown of trade season.
- Teams will love his team-friendly contract.
Yes… he’ll be traded away before August.
Just consider the early contenders. The Philadelphia Phillies could definitely use a talented left-handed starting pitcher. Four out of five members of their rotation throw right-handed. The New York Mets could use a southpaw, as could the Washington Nationals. Each of these NL East teams will be looking for a leg up down the stretch.
The Yankees have left-handers’ James Paxton, C.C. Sabathia and J.A. Happ, but they can never be counted out when it comes to stocking their squad for the postseason. It’s unlikely Tampa Bay can give the Texas Rangers a good enough offer; however, their recent interest in Dallas Keuchel tells you what kind of pitcher they’re searching for.
Mike Minor will be in high demand. The Rangers will be in the power chair, which is the perfect position for an organization that is on the backend of a rebuild. They’ll set their price and ship Minor if the price is met. If it’s not, there’s always next year. Sustained success from Minor may very well prompt a team to give up one, maybe two top prospects.