To trade Minor would not surprise many Rangers fans much at all. Fans entered this season with very low expectations for a team that didn’t do much in 2018, and even less in the off-season. It has been a pleasant surprise to see the team over .500 almost 50 games into the season.
If the Rangers decide to pull the trigger, and trade Minor, it would be very wise of them to wait until at least late June. Given that Minor has a very team-friendly contract and is signed for another year after this one, the only way his market would go down would be if he starts to struggle, or gets injured (knock on wood).
If the Texas Rangers are going to trade him, they would have to get at least two AAA prospects that are MLB-ready, or very close to it, and probably more. They would want young players that are going to be a part of this team’s core with Joey Gallo and co. for years to come.
Overall, if they trade Minor, it would signal that the team is focused on competing in the future, rather than this season, and would likely see them fall even further out of the second wild-card spot.