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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Texas Rangers traded Elvis Andrus to Oakland
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Texas Rangers traded SS Elvis Andrus and C Aramis Garcia to Oakland for DH Khris Davis, C Jonah Heim and RHP Dane Acker

Yes, this one hurt, but it was a deal the Texas Rangers had to make.

In a bad contract for bad contract move, the Texas Rangers are taking on Andrus’ salary and Davis’ salary for the 2021 season in order to buy prospects and clear payroll for a big move next offseason.

The Rangers did good for themselves, though, acquiring Oakland’s ninth ranked prospect in Jonah Heim and their 2020 fourth rounder in Dane Acker.

Heim has the opportunity to come to Rangers camp and win the starting catching job, and worst case scenario is he’s the backup catcher.

He’s a switch-hitting catcher with a good arm and glove and figures to be apart of this team for a long, long time.

Acker came out of Oklahoma, and what can I say, you always need more pitching.

Davis will figure into the DH/LF/1B mix and try to get at-bats, and if he plays well, will probably get dealt at the trade deadline.

Obviously, it sucks to lose your franchise’s most beloved player, but he gets to go start at shortstop for a contending team and hopefully, for his sake, he gets that World Series ring.

Chris Young has been on a win-win streak, and that continues here with the major deals.

We love you Elvis, and thank you for your time here!

Grade: A

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