Earlier today the Texas Rangers made the news once again: trading OF Craig Gentry and P Josh Lindblom for OF Michael Choice and IF Chris Bostick.
While Gentry has been a fan favorite, at age 30 he has likely hit his ceiling and shouldn’t be expected to contribute much more than the .280 BA and 2HR he provided last season. While those are good numbers, they aren’t the kind of numbers the Rangers have been looking for this offseason. With a clear focus on “power” the Rangers seemed determined to improve in that area at all costs.
Michael Choice arrives in Arlington six years Gentry’s younger. Early reports say he all his Options remaining meaning he is not required to make the roster next season and could spend more time in the minors if necessary.
Choice is seen as a young power hitter who last ranked #2 in Oakland’s system. He has very limited Big League at-bats and probably will not make a huge contribution immediately.
Also included from the Rangers is RP Josh Lindblom. Josh never quite found his spot in Texas and should fit in much better in Oakland. Infielder Bostick provides depth in the Rangers farm system and will help facilitate any future trading by the Rangers who have a plethora of talent and depth in the middle infield.
While it’s always risky trading within the division, this may be a true win-win for both teams. Lindblom was never going to work being a fly-ball pitcher in Texas. Especially considering how deep the Rangers currently are in pitching. That still seems weird saying… Gentry is largely replaceable because Leonys Martin needs more playing time and provides more potential in years beyond.
Stay tuned for more analysis of this trade and other offseason moves from the Texas Rangers.
Do you have questions or comments regarding Dallas area sports? Email Reid at [email protected]. You may be included in the next weekly mailbag. Follow Reid on twitter @ReidDHanson