3 Things to Expect From the New Look Texas Rangers

During the MLB trade deadline, the Texas Rangers brought in a number of new faces. Here is what to expect from the team.
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In June the Texas Rangers made the first big trade of the season by acquiring closer Aroldis Chapman. The move has bolstered the team's bullpen by giving them an experienced pitcher that throws a mean fastball. In nine innings with Texas, Chapman has 17 strikeouts and two walks. On Tuesday, Chapman helped the Rangers get their first win of the month as he struck out three batters in the eighth inning.

Acquiring Chapman would be the the first move of many. Last week, Texas traded for 2019 World Series champion Max Scherzer. The move came as a surprise to many, as the team had originally been linked to Justin Verlander, who was traded to Houston.

A day later Texas further added to their rotation and bullpen by adding Jordan Montgomery and Chris Stratton from the St. Louis Cardinals. Montgomery adds to the depth of the rotation and Stratton gives depth to the bullpen.

Pitching was the main focus for Texas, as Martin Perez and Andrew Heaney began to decline. Nathan Eovaldi added to the pitching woes, as he was sent to the 15 day DL. To make matters worse, catcher Jonah Heim suffered a wrist injury last week that sent him to the 10-day IL.

To help ease the pain the Rangers went out and made one final move by acquiring Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Austin Hedges. The nine-year veteran is a defensive asset who is one of the top pitch framers in the league.

So, with all the recent additions, what can we expect from the team?

Here are three things to look forward to: