3 trades between the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees
No, this is not an Isiah Kiner-Falefa trade, either. If you want though, Tyler Henderson has already covered this topic and he did a great job, you can read it here. It’s centered around Miguel Andujar, yet another player Yankees fan would love to see go. Unfortunately for them, he pretty much has no trade value. However, It’s not wild for the Rangers to have interest given they once did.
I need to be clear about something. This is overpaying on the Texas Rangers’ end. I know Yankees fans don’t want to hear that but it’s the current state of things. It’s gone from talking about trading Andujar for guys like Jo Adell, Max Fried, and Kyle Schwarber to hoping they can get a couple of 10-20 range prospects. Now it’s down to spare parts.
Yankees fans will say that Andujar should’ve won the ROY award over Shohei Ohtani when he slashed .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs in 2018, but how he’s fallen. In the past 3 years, he’s only stayed healthy enough to play in 78 games. He’s combined for a .228 average with 7 home runs and a NEGATIVE 1.7 WAR when he has. He’s moved from third base to left field so he would have a clear path to playing, sort of. The other problem is his defense is downright terrible. He’d do better as a DH but we already have Willie Calhoun for that role. To make the trade a little more reasonable the Rangers’ real target is outfielder Anthony Garcia. He is a power-hitting switch hitter who strikes out a ton but did you read the first part? In 2021, he hit .306 with 14 home runs in 39 games across Rookie and Low A. If he could cut back on the strikeouts a bit he could develop into a lethal bat.
For the Yankees, they continue to target bullpen help. Josh Sborz got his first extended playing time in 2021 where he pitched 59 innings of 3.97 ERA ball. He showed he could be a very trustworthy relief pitcher in the 6th-8th inning range. He posted an ERA+ of 111 meaning he was above average and had a good 10.5 K per nine inning rates.
Going back to the team that originally drafted him, Nick Solak may get the change of scenery he needs. Being blocked by the new signings, having plenty of prospects coming up, and not stepping up into the role makes Solak expendable. He would ideally be 2nd base depth for the Yankees. He is a bat-first player who improved his defensive play while somehow not being a bat-first type player in 2021. Solak is one of the most obvious trade candidates for the Rangers and the Yankees could use him, hoping his swing comes around.
Honestly, I don’t see the Yankees trading Andujar, given this is about as low as his value goes. They’ll do as the Rangers did with Odor/Mazara when their value fell. If they decide not to hold out hope he comes back to his rookie year form then the Yankees fans will get what they want and that’s him off the team.
For the Texas Rangers, this wouldn’t be the splash move that it once was. It would be a reclamation project akin to the David Dahl deal.