Grading reader-submitted trade proposals for the Texas Rangers

Seth Carlson
Sep 21, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; A fan attempts to catch a home run ball hit by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Taylor Ward (not pictured) during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; A fan attempts to catch a home run ball hit by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Taylor Ward (not pictured) during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 3, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

Grading fan-submitted Texas Rangers trade proposals for Brandon Woodruff

Trade #1

Submitted by: @KingofBandits14

Brandon Woodruff is the Brewers’ second starter behind Corbin Burnes but would probably be many staffs’ ace. But the Rangers could make a deal for Woodruff without including Brock Porter.

Porter was an absolute draft heist for the Texas Rangers in 2022, falling to the fourth-round despite being the best high school pitcher in the class and a projected first-rounder. He’s got immense upside and the Rangers should do everything in their power to keep him around.

Dealing Duran, Weems and Wendzel would be harmless, so Zavala would be required to spice up this deal and another high-level pitching prospect likely would be part of the trade as well. But I am avidly opposed to trading Porter, so this is a no from me, dog.

Grade: C-

Trade #2

Submitted by: @lanceluther83

There’s a lot of talent moving from the Texas Rangers to the Brewers in this proposal. Woodruff is not quite Burnes, but Milwaukee is right for asking for a lot in return anyway.

Sam Huff, despite his prodigious power, is actually quite expendable for the Rangers given that they have Jonah Heim and Mitch Garver at catcher at the big league level. Foscue is also a sensible trade chip, so this comes down to Owen White and Cole Winn.

Winn actually feels expendable too, surprisingly, given the Rangers’ newly-rebuilt pitching prospect depth that features frontline guys like Jack Leiter, Brock Porter, Kumar Rocker and White. So I’d be comfortable including Winn in this trade.

With respect to White, I stand by the earlier statement of being unwilling to trade him unless the Rangers can acquire Corbin Burnes or someone of the like. Perhaps the Brewers can be lured by Dustin Harris, Luisangel Acuna or even Aaron Zavala here.

Grade: B-/B

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