3 teams the Texas Rangers should target in trades for starting pitching upgrades

Seth Carlson
Aug 12, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 6, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez (49) delivers a pitch in the 3rd inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at loanDepot park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 6, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez (49) delivers a pitch in the 3rd inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at loanDepot park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

3 teams the Texas Rangers can target in trades for pitching help

Miami Marlins

The Texas Rangers have made a number of trades with the Tampa Bay Rays over the years, but what about the other South Florida team?

Derek Jeter, Kim Ng and the Miami Marlins have assembled an impressive group of pitchers over the years, but haven’t done much winning in the process.

Miami seems to be making an effort to contend in 2022 on the strength of a rotation led by Sandy Alcantara and Trevor Rogers, but what about their other options?

Pablo Lopez (3.07 ERA in 2021) and Elieser Hernandez (4.18 ERA in 2021) are two names that come to mind as potential trade targets. Both are young and controllable, and with more depth coming up Miami’s pipeline on the pitching front, it’s likely those two could become expendable.

Jesus Luzardo is a name to watch here as well, but Miami just acquired him from the A’s last summer for Starling Marte, so the Marlins would presumably want to see what they have in him first.

Lopez and Hernandez wouldn’t come cheap given their production and their years of team control, but both would upgrade the Rangers’ current staff, and Texas has the farm system depth to facilitate a trade with the Fish if they so desire.

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