The Texas Rangers’ 2014 season isn’t going to plan thus far. They’ve been bitten by the injury bug, badly, and have been very inconsistent on the mound, at the plate, and in the field. Inconsistency isn’t rare when you’re dealing with the number of injuries the Rangers have had to deal with but, the overall, frequently occurring inconsistency they’ve experienced, days and days at a time leading to weeks on end, is cause for concern. Their inability to hit the long ball is extremely concerning especially to a fan base who has grown accustomed to the homer as a safety net. If the Rangers cannot figure things out then they will be sellers and will look forward in building for the future.
Potential Rangers on Trade Market
Alex Rios- To this point Rios has been the most consistent Ranger on the team. He leads the team in average, runs batted in and hits. He plays a solid right field, with an average arm, and the flexibility to play all the outfield spots. He offers speed on the base paths and can hit in the middle of any lineup. Losing Rios would certainly hurt the Rangers squad but, his contract is up after the season and if the season is lost then it would be better to get something for him while you can. Especially considering how well he is doing and the fact that the Rangers management only gave up Leury Garcia for him last year. It would be shocking if they didn’t receive more value for him now then they gave up for him last year.
Jason Frasor- Frasor is pitching in his eleventh season as a professional and signed a team friendly one year contract in October to stay with the Texas Rangers because he didn’t want to bounce around from team to team like many middle relievers do but, his stats have never been better and if the right offer is on the table the Rangers would certainly pull the trigger. He is sporting a 1.80 ERA with 21 strikeouts in only 20 innings and 9 walks. He could be a very attractive addition for a team looking to make a playoff run who is a little short on solid right handed relief pitching. A few years ago the Rangers gave up Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for that very reason and although Koji Uehara was a nice addition I’m sure Jon Daniels would take that trade back if he could. Maybe the Rangers can find a desperate team and nab one of their young studs.
Alexi Ogando- As of right now Ogando won’t throw for three weeks and it could drag out even longer. He’s not an attractive target right now but when healthy and at his best he can be a dominant power pitcher out of the bullpen. Pitchers with his arm are not easy to find. Fortunately for the Rangers they have a number of pitchers which could fill his role. Some with a lot of big league experience, Tanner Scheppers and Neftali Feliz, and some which are currently showing promise in the minors, Keone Kela and Wilmer Font. Like the previous two candidates Ogando’s contract is up after this season and would better serve the Rangers fetching prospects than leaving in free agency.