Texas Rangers: Assessing a potential Jose Leclerc trade
Around the league, most teams are looking to shed payroll, but still remain competitive.
For any of those teams, Jose Leclerc helps any contending team and will keep payrolls low.
After acquiring Corey Knebel and re-signing Blake Treinen, the Dodgers are probably out.
The White Sox just signed Liam Hendricks to a three year deal, so they’re out.
Two teams the Rangers are very familiar with are settling in and looking to add elsewhere.
So, who’s left?
The Yankees, Phillies, Braves, Cardinals and Twins are all potential fits for the Texas Rangers closer.
If we had to narrow that down, I’d say the Phillies and Twins would be the best fits for Leclerc.
The Phillies have a glaring need for bullpen help, even after acquiring Jose Alvarado from the Rays, as they posted a collective bullpen ERA of 7.11 in 2020.
For the Twins, they just lost Trevor May to Steve Cohen and the Mets, so they need to fill a hole left in their bullpen.
As for the Braves, Yankees and Cardinals, they all have very good bullpens already, and Leclerc would only add to their deep pool of talent and wouldn’t be considered a necessity for any of them.