The midway point of the 2020 season approaches quickly, as does the trade deadline. Should the Texas Rangers be buyers or sellers this season?
After a crushing 10th inning loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday pushed the Texas Rangers losing streak to four games, more and more pressure seems to be mounting on the Rangers to be decisive at this year’s MLB Trade Deadline. Texas, still within reach of a playoff spot, is stuck in a tough transitional period where the on field product is not to the level of being a contender but also is better than a club one would consider in line for a full scale rebuild.
When they sat second in the AL West and floated within a game of .500, standing pat seemed the most responsible decision. However now with the playoffs feeling more like a dream than a possible reality, now is the time for the Rangers to decide where the club is headed and lean fully into either pushing for contention or rebuilding in a significant way.
With that being the case, the question must be asked, are the Rangers buyers or sellers at this year’s deadline? They have some trade assets that would be valuable on the market but also will feel they may be one or two additions away from sneaking into the MLB’s expanded playoff format. Is that chance at a playoff appearance worth the price or should Texas be focused on building a title contender, not a playoff bubble team?