Texas Rangers Trade Deadline Preview

Chris Young faces a big test at the deadline as the Texas Rangers are buyers for the first time since 2016.

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Jordan Hicks

Texas has been mentioned as involved with St. Louis to acquire their closer Jordan Hicks. He is a right-handed reliever that throws 100mph and strikes out over 12 batters per 9 innings. He does struggle with his control and he does walk batters, but hitters have a tough time just making contact against Hicks. He is a rental, but he is also from Texas. He grew up in the Houston area. I would think Texas would pursue a contract extension with Hicks if they are able to get something done.

That is if St. Louis does not extend him first. The Cardinals are actively working to sign him to an extension and if that does not work out they will then trade him. They have not been successful so far in extension talks. This could linger into Tuesday as they try and do what they can to keep their talented reliever. If it does not work out expect Texas to pounce on this and bring Hicks back home to Texas.

David Bednar and Mitch Keller

I wrote about Bednar recently and he is a talented reliever, who the Rangers would have under team control for three more seasons. He would likely be the Rangers' closer through 2026. Pittsburgh is taking calls on both Bednar and Keller.

Mitch Keller is the Pirates "ace". He is in just his third full season with the Pirates. He has a sub-4.00 ERA. He has 145 strikeouts to just 40 walks. He is not a free agent for another two seasons after this season. He would be a very valuable get for Texas. The Pirates are not wanting to trade either of these players. They would have to be blown away to consider trading them.

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