Texas Rangers: Top 5 Major League Trade Chips in 2022

Seth Carlson
Sep 16, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Glenn Otto (49) throws during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Glenn Otto (49) throws during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 28, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Alexy (62) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Alexy (62) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Top five Texas Rangers trade chips in 2022

4. A.J. Alexy

Acquired in the Yu Darvish trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 2017, A.J. Alexy made his Texas Rangers debut in 2021.

That debut, along with Willie Calhoun’s veteran status, meant that the Rangers were able to turn Darvish, a rental for the Dodgers, into two MLB players out of three acquired in the deal. Not bad at all!

Alexy fared much better than Glenn Otto did in 2021, with a 4.70 ERA in five games (four started), although his WHIP of 1.30 was high and his FIP of 6.30 certainly doesn’t provide much optimism.

Despite those numbers, though, Alexy has a ton of promise. He’s been ranked as a top 30 Rangers prospect for a few seasons and has the stuff to be successful as a starter. But with Jack Leiter, Cole Winn and others on the way, along with other depth at the big league level, Alexy finds himself potentially expendable.

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