Top five Texas Rangers trade chips in 2022
2. Adolis Garcia
It was a season to remember for Adolis “El Bombi” Garcia in 2021.
A true diamond in the rough, Garcia put up a Rookie of the Year-caliber campaign last season with 31 home runs and a .740 OPS. And that’s without mentioning his elite outfield defense.
Garcia was a spark plug and a bright spot on an otherwise forgettable 2021 Texas Rangers team. But what he accomplished in 2021 probably isn’t sustainable, especially if you look at his high whiff rate compared with his low walk rate.
The power in his game, along with his defense, both seem legitimate. But will he be able to overcome strikeout tendencies at the plate long term? The odds aren’t great.
At 28, though, Garcia is theoretically in his prime. That alone could make him a valuable trade chip. Another team could find the error in his ways in terms of plate approach and really nab themselves a good player.
The major drawback of trading El Bombi, of course, would be that the Rangers need outfield help badly. By trading away Garcia, an already weak group would become… even weaker.
Luckily, there are some pretty sweet free agent alternatives this off-season…