On Friday we discussed the Texas Rangers’ lack of activity at the trade deadline this season. Despite being one of the worst teams in MLB, and consequently out of the playoff race, the Rangers were clearly a “seller” this season.
Instead the Rangers stood pat, feeling they could be competitors again in 2015 if they could only get healthy. We asked readers this:
Did the Rangers do the smart move by not moving these players or did they miss out on a great opportunity? Should they have sent Rios and Cotts packing even if they didn’t particularly like the offer? What about Beltre and Elvis?
We have been getting some great feedback over the weekend with very different takes on the situation. Mike thinks the Rangers should trade Adrian Beltre AND Elvis Andrus in the offseason and commit to rebuilding.
Who cares what they should have done. They didn’t do jack(poop) and there’s nothing we can do about it. I would like to see Andrus and Beltre finish the season strong and try to move them both. Beltre should be able to bring a few top prospects and Andrus could bring an ok young prospect too. The Rangers are going to suck next season anyway. They have no pitching and no big bats even if Fielder gets back on the field.
I certainly heard more from pessimists like Mike who think the Rangers need to rebuild/reload, than optimists who thought a healthy Rangers team will automatically be contenders in 2015.
Beltre has plenty of value in this league and will likely be a top player for the next couple seasons. He could certainly fetch a few good prospects in return. But trading Beltre would set the Rangers back 2-3 seasons. He is not easily replaced (even by Joey Gallo) and would leave Prince Fielder as the only proven power hitter on the team.
We discussed Andrus on Sunday but I don’t think you can really expect to get much for him in return. He isn’t untradeable but he’s pretty darn close since only a few MLB teams would be willing to take on that big of a contract for a player who doesn’t pitch or hit home runs.
The Rangers could possibly move Andrus for another expensive (and flawed) player, possibly even in a position of weakness like OF or DH.
It will be interesting to see how active the Rangers are this coming offseason. They could very well sell off their players are reload but I kinda doubt it. Some top pitchers will be available and if the Rangers are able to snag one, even pessimistic fans may see playoffs as a possibility again.
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