Austin Meadows could be a solution to the Texas Rangers’ outfield issue
Kevin Kiermaier isn’t the only outfielder who could be on the move to free up room for the Rays. Manuel Margot is probably the next most likely to be traded, but Tampa would still get more from trading Austin Meadows.
Meadows has had back-to-back down years at the plate and his defense is average at best. He did have a great 2019 where he hit .291 with 33 home runs so Tampa may feel they’re selling low. He also has two more years of team control to work things out.
In this trade, though, the Rays get two high ceiling prospects and a good reliever. Henriquez is one of the top pitching prospects in the Rangers organization for good reason. He has a 60-grade fastball that comes with a high spin rate. He could benefit from fine-tuning his secondary pitches to be a starter, but he’ll be just fine in whatever capacity.
Lora was the 3rd ranked J2 player in 2019. At only 19 years old, he has plenty of time to develop into the power hitter most project him to be.
King fits Tampa’s insatiable need for solid bullpen arms and he comes with five years of very affordable pay, also right in their wheelhouse.
There is never a shortage of trade options when dealing with the Tampa Bay Rays. The trick for the Texas Rangers will be to make sure they keep their heads level and feet planted. Tampa survives on making excellent trades but that doesn’t have to mean Texas should be afraid. After all, they do need to prepare for the upcoming playoff years!