Texas Rangers: Assessing a potential Jose Leclerc trade

Sep 29, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jose Leclerc (25) in action during the game between the Rangers and the Yankees in the final home game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jose Leclerc (25) in action during the game between the Rangers and the Yankees in the final home game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Contractual Obligation

Looking deeper into the financials is where we find the Sean Doolittle comparison.

At the time of the trade, Doolittle was owed roughly $1 million for the remainder of the 2017 season, with three years of control left on his deal.

He was guaranteed $4.35 million in 2018, with club options for the 2019-2020 seasons for $6 and $6.5 million.

Similarly, Leclerc is under control until 2024, on a very cheap contract.

In 2021, Leclerc will earn $4.5 million and will increase to $5.25MM, $6MM and $6.25MM over the next three seasons.

The 2023 and 2024 seasons are both team options.

When comparing the two, the contracts are almost identical in length and value.

Even after a down year, the contractual obligations are too affordable, by MLB standards, to pass up.

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