With the MLB Trade Deadline days away, the Texas Rangers look to be sellers. Should they consider moving Jonathan Hernandez while his value is high?
With the MLB Trade Deadline only three days away, the Texas Rangers are looking more and more like they will be sellers this year as their 11-19 record has them in fourth in the AL West. The new postseason format this year where 16 of the 30 teams will make the postseason, there’s still somewhat of a chance that the Rangers can still make up lost ground and push for a playoff spot.
But chasing for a postseason berth this season would be fool’s gold and ignore the current state of the franchise. The best move the franchise can make for its long term health would be to sell their best pieces and restock their farm system.
The Rangers’ best asset this summer will be Lance Lynn, whose 2.0 bWAR ranks fifth in all of baseball. Lynn is also the most realistic candidate to actually be moved in the next few days as starting pitching is always a hot commodity during the trade deadline as teams try to upgrade their rotation for the stretch run in September and October. Lynn also represents arguably the most valuable starting pitcher available in all of baseball and the club has reportedly already been getting interest on the right-hander.
But you know what else is a huge demand during trade deadlines? Young, good, healthy and controllable bullpen arms. Jonathan Hernandez checks all these boxes.
But should the Rangers really consider trading one of their best, young bullpen arms already? Or should they just keep him through the season and see what happens in the winter? Here are arguments for both sides as to why the Rangers should and should not trade the 23 year old.