Texas Rangers: 3 teams that should consider trading for Kyle Gibson

Seth Carlson
Apr 18, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

Kyle Gibson and trade scenarios aren’t two entities that Texas Rangers fans would expect to mesh well.

After all, Gibson’s career ERA in Texas currently stands at 5.13 after struggling mightily in 2020. But who really counts 2020 as a legitimate indicator of talent, anyway?

Nobody, because the 33-year-old righty is off to a flying start in 2021. Through 21.1 innings and four starts pitched this season, Gibson has a 2.53 ERA and 18 strikeouts.

Are those numbers good?

In his most recent outing against the Baltimore Orioles, Gibson became the first Texas Rangers’ starter this season to pitch in and complete the eighth inning.

At long last, Gibson is living up to the three-year, $24 million contract the Rangers gave him prior to the 2020 season.

If he keeps pitching at this high level (and that’s still a pretty big if), there are contending teams that could use starting pitching depth to aid a playoff push later this summer.

Let’s look at three.

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