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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Eduardo Rodriguez

The Detroit Tigers starter is having a great bounceback season after physical and mental health derailed his season in 2022. Rodriguez does have three more seasons left on his contract, but he also has a built-in opt-out on the contract after this season. If he thinks he might be able to get more on the free agency market at age 31 he likely will opt out, but if he does not then the Rangers would have him through 2026. Rodriguez is putting up good numbers so far. He has a 2.95 ERA, 91 strikeouts to 21 walks. He has some issues with consistency lately, but he also comes with postseason experience having pitched for the Red Sox for several seasons. Texas has apparently sent scouts out to watch his starts as well.

Paul Sewald and Logan Gilbert

The Seattle Mariners are now apparently entertaining trade offers for certain players. One of them being their closer Paul Sewald and there have been rumors around Logan Gilbert. Would Seattle actually trade these players to Texas? Who knows? Texas does have the prospect inventory that could interest the Mariners. Sewald could step in right away and be a late inning reliever and Logan Gilbert would be the Rangers' number-two starter behind Nathan Eovaldi.

Sewald this season already has surpassed his saves total from 2022 with 21. He has a slightly higher ERA, but will definitely surpass his strikeout total from last season as he is striking out 12.6 batters per nine innings. If he is available then Texas will most definitely inquire.

Logan Gilbert is a former Mariners prospect who made his debut back in 2021. He has a 9-5 record with a 3.83 ERA. He threw a complete game shutout against the Giants back on July 4th. He has 121 strikeouts to just 21 walks. He fits the profile of a pitcher that misses bats and does not walk batters that Chris Young likes to bring in. He still has four years of control before he reaches free agency. If Chris Young can pull this off that would be a solid package of players that will help now and in the future. There is serious doubt from some that Seattle would even discuss this trade with Texas.

What will Chris Young end up doing?

Many fans started freaking out on Friday afternoon when Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, and Kendall Graveman were all traded. As you can see there are still several players on the trade block and still time to get deals done. It will be a true test for Chris Young in his time at GM. This team has overachieved and will be in first place at the deadline. Now it is time for the front office to do their job and give this team the tools they need to finish the job.