The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers have been linked to each other plenty in trade rumors over the last few months.
One of those connections ended up coming to fruition, that being the Rougned Odor deal to the Bronx just before the start of the 2021 season.
As it turns out, that exchange might prove to be just the beginning of a extensive business relationship between these two teams, as the Yankees have also been linked to Joey Gallo in numerous rumors dating back to the off-season.
But this latest wrinkle in the Yankees-Rangers trade talk saga is probably not what fans from either side expected.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, New York and Texas are discussing a trade involving Rangers’ OF Delino DeShields Jr.
The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees could orchestrate yet another trade with each other.
DeShields, whom the Rangers signed to a minor-league deal after his release from the Cleveland Indians this off-season, is tearing the cover off the ball in the minors. Specifically, at AAA Round Rock, where the veteran is hitting .412/.500/.706 with five extra base hits, five RBI, and seven runs scored across nine games there.
Clearly, the 28-year-old is making a convincing push to crack the big leagues once again.
Unfortunately for the fan-favorite DeShields, the depth options in Texas are quality enough to block a path for him in Arlington.
For starters, Joey Gallo, Adolis Garcia and David Dahl roam the outfield as the starters for the Rangers. They’re backed up by Leody Taveras, Eli White and others, all of whom are above DeShields on the depth chart.
Therefore, trading DeShields makes a ton of sense. He deserves another shot at MLB playing time and won’t find it very easily in Texas.
If the Yankees do in fact acquire the speedster, it will be the second time in two years that he will have been dealt, as he was also traded to Cleveland in the trade that netted one inning of Corey Kluber.
For Delino’s sake, we hope he finds a new MLB home soon, and it could very well be with the Bronx Bombers.