Grading GM Chris Young’s first offseason with the Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 23: Pitcher Chris Young #49 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Seattle Mariners on August 23, 2005 at Ameriquest Field in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 23: Pitcher Chris Young #49 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Seattle Mariners on August 23, 2005 at Ameriquest Field in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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The Texas Rangers shook up the front office by hiring Chris Young to be their new general manager in December 2020.

It didn’t take long for Jon Daniels and Young to begin reshaping and retooling the Rangers roster, building it for the long run.

So, how did Chris Young do in his first, albeit short, offseason at the helm of the Texas Rangers?

Here’s how I graded his transactions, beginning with the trade market.

Texas Rangers acquired Dane Dunning
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Trades

The Texas Rangers traded RHP Lance Lynn to the Chicago White Sox for RHP Dane Dunning and LHP Avery Weems.

Lance Lynn was a workhorse for the Texas Rangers, and to no one’s surprise, he was dealt just days after Chris Young took the general manager position.

Young didn’t play a huge role in this trade, but we’re including it because of the time of his hiring and the time the trade was finalized.

The Chicago White Sox got an ace-type pitcher who will fit nicely in a rotation with Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel and Michael Kopech.

For the Texas Rangers, they acquired righty Dane Dunning, who made his debut in mid-August of last season, and left-hander Avery Weems.

Dunning figures to be a key contributor in the Rangers rotation for years to come, as he is under control through 2027.

Weems has the potential to be a bullpen piece for the Texas Rangers, but we have yet to see where he land in the Rangers farm system.

Overall, this trade was a win-win for both parties.

Grade: B+

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