Texas Rangers: Five Possible Players to be Traded Before Deadline
By Kenneth Nash
OF/DH Hunter Pence
Mike Minor isn’t the only Rangers’ All-Star that could get traded this month. Hunter Pence has had a career resurgence in 2019 since joining the Rangers on a minor-league deal this offseason. Texas’ right-handed DH and fill-in outfielder has been spectacular this season hitting .294 with 15 homers in 55 games. His OPS sits at .962 and statistically he’s hit the ball harder than the majority of the league this year.
Right now, Pence is dealing with a groin injury that saw him hit the IL back on June 17th. He was set to begin a rehab stint at the beginning of July but reaggravated the injury and was subsequently removed from said rehab assignment. As of now, Pence won’t return until after the All-Star break which could dent his trade market. However, for a contending team that needs a right-handed bat, Pence could help solve their issues on a cheap, expiring contract. He won’t net a massive return for Texas but I wouldn’t rule out a scenario where the Rangers trade Pence at the deadline, get prospects in return, then re-sign him this offseason once he’s a free agent again.