Last month, the Texas Rangers made the first splash of the season by trading for seven-time all-star Aroldis Chapman. This is a move that has seemed to pay off, as the team's new co-closer has been dominant in his past five appearances. On Saturday, the 2019 AL Reliever of the Year recorded his first official save with Texas. It was his franchise-record 103MPH fastball that helped seal the deal.
Now, with the trade deadline less then two weeks away, the Rangers could be looking to add more depth to an already contending roster. Last week, our own West Jones discussed the possibility of Texas reuniting with pitcher Lance Lynn. Before that, Nolan Writin writer Michael Sanders explored the Rangers interest in outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Other names the team has been linked to include Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito and Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani.
There is no doubt things could be heating up in Texas. But, before we continue to examine possible trade candidates for the Rangers, let's examine past trades.
Here are some of the best and worst trades in Rangers' history:
Best: 2007 Trade of Mark Teixeira
In 2001, the Rangers used their first round pick to select infielder Mark Teixeira. During his tenure in Texas, he made one all-star appearance, won the Silver Slugger Award (twice), and was presented with two Gold Glove Awards. The biggest impact though, came after the Rangers traded him. On July 31st, 2007 Texas traded Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and four prospects that included Elvis Andrus and Neftali Feliz. Andrus and Feliz became key parts of Rangers' history, as they played major roles in helping the team reach the 2010 and 2011 World Series.
Worst: The Shipment of Yu Darvish
Darvish became an integral part of Texas Rangers' history. In five seasons he became the team's dominating ace, helping Texas reach the playoffs in 2016. Seen as the cornerpiece of the future, he made three all-star appearances for Texas, and was the 2013 AL strikeout leader. However, with Darvish set to hit free agency in 2017, the team decided to pull the plug on the experiment. On July 31st, Texas shipped their ace to the Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy, and Brendon Davis. This proved to be a crucial mistake, as later that season Darvish helped lead the Dodgers to the 2017 World Series. On the other end, Texas got a couple of good seasons from Calhoun before injuries and inconsistent play began to add up.