3 Texas Rangers trade proposals with the Tampa Bay Rays

Chris Bachman
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays prepares to deliver a pitch in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 01, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays prepares to deliver a pitch in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 01, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Jun 8, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow (20) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 8, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow (20) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

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.

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