Best: That Double A Prospect Who Became a Texas Great
During the 2000 season, the Texas Rangers were beginning to fall a part. The season before, Texas had just won the 1999 AL West division. The 1999 offseason saw owner Tom Hicks and GM Doug Melvin trade away two-time MVP Juan Gonzalez. With things going downhill, Texas traded away pitcher Esteban Loaiza for prospects Darwin Cubillan and Michael Young. While this wasn't a big trade deadline deal, it was one that made a huge impact on the franchise. In 12 seasons with Texas, Young made seven all-stars appearances, and was named the 2005 AL Batting Champion. He led the franchise in a variety of categories including: games played, runs scored, and hits.
Worse: Bringing in Koji Uehara
A year after their 2010 World Series appearance, the Texas Rangers were looking for bullpen help. On July 30, 2011 the team traded Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter to the Baltimore Orioles for Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara. In two seasons with Texas, he struggled to find consistency. In his first three appearances, he posted a 1-2 record with a 4.00 ERA. A year later, injuries took the best of him, as he was out for some time with a strained lateral muscle. As for Davis, he became a hitting machine for the Baltimore Orioles. In one season alone he recorded 53 home runs, and 138 RBIs. Davis' presence would have been helpful, as Texas failed to make the playoffs between 2013-2014.
With the MLB trade deadlinge approaching, it is safe to say the Texas Rangers have had their share of surprises. There was so many other trades that I didn't discuss including the acquistions/departures of Josh Hamilton, Adolis Garcia, Cliff Lee, and Alex Rodriguez that occurred during the offseason or well before the deadline.
I wanted to focus on trades strictly near or around the trade deadline. With two weeks to make a move, could the Texas Rangers add another trade moment to this list?