Should the Texas Rangers Consider Trading Jonathan Hernandez?

Texas Rangers reliever Jonathan Hernandez could be a valuable trade asset at the MLB Trade Deadline (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Texas Rangers reliever Jonathan Hernandez could be a valuable trade asset at the MLB Trade Deadline (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 26: Jonathan Hernandez #72 of the Texas Rangers pitches agains the Colorado Rockies in the top of the eighth inning at Globe Life Field on July 26, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 26: Jonathan Hernandez #72 of the Texas Rangers pitches agains the Colorado Rockies in the top of the eighth inning at Globe Life Field on July 26, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Why the Rangers Should Hold Onto Hernandez

Because Hernandez is really good and is young, cheap and controllable. In short, all the reasons they should trade him. If the Texas Rangers are going to continue to convince themselves that they can compete in their shiny, new ballpark, why would you just give away one of your better young players for prospects that won’t be ready to contribute to the big leagues immediately?

If the Texas Rangers are going to win games, they will need dependable and solid bullpen guys who can come in high leverage spots and get hitters out. Hernandez has done that thus far this season, rocking a 77.8 LOB%. One of the bigger downfalls for competing teams have been questionable bullpens that blow leads.

The Rangers will not have to worry about that for the foreseeable future with guys like Hernandez and Leclerc signed for the long term and guys like Alex Speas and Demarcus Evans waiting in the wings.

Texas is notorious for their lack of developing homegrown starting pitching but they have been one of the better franchises to develop relief arms.

The Texas Rangers are also in no rush to trade Hernandez as they have five seasons of control left. So the Rangers can play the waiting game and not be forced into making a deal with any other club. If teams are trying to short change the Rangers when it comes to discussing trade scenarios, they have the luxury to say no.

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