Texas is Prompted to Plan for the Future
The Rangers already view Joe Palumbo as a long-term piece of their rotation. While he’s fighting for a spot in 2019, his best years lie ahead of him and Texas is confident of that. That being said, while his results this year are important, struggling this season does not mean he’s a bust by any means.
But what if he does struggle? If two or three starts from now his inexperience and lack of polish are evidenced in score lines, Texas could be fall back into the mode that was predicted early season, stockpile for the future. Right now the Rangers are tied with Boston for the 2nd Wild Card spot and a loss to the Indians tonight will take Texas out of that spot. If the Rangers are even a few games out of the Wild Card come mid-July, they likely are more inclined to be sellers at the deadline.
If Palumbo can’t make that rotation spot his for the rest of 2019, instead of continuing to chase arms that might fill that spot, the Rangers may opt to capitalize on some of their veterans’ value and go into the trade market with the intention of acquiring prospects. This shouldn’t be viewed as a failure if this is the scenario either. Texas has outperformed expectations this season but no matter what happens the rest of the year, the plans for this organization lie with the future and it’s never a bad thing to stick to your gameplan.