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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Aug 24, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Brett Martin (59) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Brett Martin (59) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /

Top five Texas Rangers trade chips in 2022

3. Brett Martin/John King

We recently wrote a piece about Brett Martin and fellow lefty John King being two valuable trade chips for the Texas Rangers, so it bears mentioning them again here.

Martin and King both posted sub-four ERAs as middle relievers out of the Rangers’ bullpen in 2021, and each have years of control left. Contending teams are always looking to bolster their relief corps in any manner possible, and Martin and King are even more valuable as left-handers.

The reliever market in free agency isn’t particularly strong this off-season, which benefits Texas should they feel compelled to deal Martin or King. My advice would lean towards trading one or both, since the team isn’t looking to contend in 2022.

King, in particular, was nearly traded with Gallo to the Yankees over the summer, and his inclusion in that deal would’ve netted the Rangers an additional two prospects in addition to the four already going to Texas. That should tell you all you need to know about his value right there.

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