The Texas Rangers could land their ace of the future by trading for Tyler Glasnow
This is where teams like the Pirates get in trouble. Glasnow is out for at least the majority of the ’22 season, so this deal would be moved to 2023 when the Texas Rangers figure to be more competitive.
That would mean this package is very dependent on the 2022 minor league performances of the guys listed above, but let’s stick with it for this exercise.
The Rangers still give up quite a haul when compared to the Blake Snell deal. The Rays don’t have a NEED for Foscue, but I’d imagine they’d be happy with the talent level for future purposes. Zavala was a bat-first second rounder who could move up similarly to Foscue. Apostel is the forgotten talent and could battle for both corner infield spots. Bradford, meanwhile, is the type of “moving up” pitcher Tampa loves.
It’s a dangerous game to bank on Glasnow coming back to form after Tommy John surgery, but if he does, he would give the Rangers an excellent rotation and an ace for ’23. He would need to be extended to really make it worth it, but that’s a bridge to cross later.