Texas Rangers Rumors: Club Not Interested in Roster Rebuild
By Kenneth Nash
Despite slipping through an eight-game losing streak, the Texas Rangers are reportedly not looking to embark on a roster rebuild.
The Texas Rangers saw themselves from playoff contender and potential buyer at the MLB Trade Deadline to out of the playoff picture and a perceived seller in the span of a week. The club dropped eight straight games taking their record to 10-17 and putting them on the outside looking in at a playoff spot this season. However, despite likely missing the playoffs for a fourth straight season, the club is not interested in going through a roster rebuild per a report from TR Sullivan of MLB.com.
The report from Sullivan, which was published on Sunday, comes just a week before the MLB Trade Deadline, a crucial time in each big league season. The Rangers are perceived to be in the seller category by many and in need of young talent that can be infused into their organization to give it some life for the future.
The biggest chip on the table for the Texas Rangers in trade talks is Cy Young candidate Lance Lynn who has been superb this season. Lynn has already been linked with trade interest this season. The right-hander has been dominant in each outing this season and entered his Monday start against Oakland with a 3-0 record through six starts to go along with a 1.37 ERA. Beyond being the arguably the best performer likely available this trade deadline season, Lynn also carries the added value of being under contract for another season at a team-friendly price point.
Beyond Lynn, others who have had their names tossed around as potentially on the move from Texas this year are Mike Minor, Shin-Soo Choo, Danny Santana, Rafael Montero and Todd Frazier. Among that group, Montero is sure to carry the highest value as a quality late-inning reliever with multiple years of team control.
If the Rangers are planning to stick to their guns though and refrain from selling off assets, the club should be looking at potential low cost additions that could help the team in the future. Despite Lynn and others under contract in the future, the club still looks a long way off the pace in terms of being a contender. As the deadline approaches, we’ll see if Jon Daniels and the rest of the Rangers organization sticks to their desire to keep Lynn at the helm of their rotation next season or whether they view cashing in now as the best option for the long-term.