Texas Rangers: Grading the team’s 2021 MLB trade deadline moves

Seth Carlson
Jul 21, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Spencer Howard (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 21, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Spencer Howard (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Was that a crazy trade deadline or what? Even though the Texas Rangers only made two trades, they were seismic. And their action was only a small part of what comprised a frenzy of trades leading up to the July 30 deadline.

It was one of the most memorable trade deadlines of recent memory, whether on the buying or selling side.

For the Rangers, they were clearly sellers, as they shipped off Joey Gallo and reliever Joely Rodriguez to the Yankees and Kyle Gibson, Ian Kennedy and prospect Hans Crouse to the Phillies. At the same time, we welcomed 7 new players into the organization.

Here are visual breakdowns of each deal:

This deadline undoubtedly transformed the Texas Rangers, as they dramatically improved their farm system depth as they eye the future and a rebuild done the right way. It was bittersweet to see Joey Gallo and Hans Crouse, but knowing the future is plenty bright.

And now, let’s dive into some trade grades.

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