Despite sitting with a 40-35 record, the Texas Rangers have struggled lately and after two ugly losses to Cleveland, the question on whether to buy or sell has returned.
Currently, the Texas Rangers sit half a game behind the Red Sox for the second wild card spot. The Rangers have only won four of their last nine games, since winning the first two in Boston. Fortunately for the Rangers, the schedule lets up a bit starting this weekend as they face the White Sox (35-37), and Tigers (26-44).
With the Rangers splitting the series against the Indians, they are now five games over .500, and winning four of six against the White Sox and Tigers could put them at a season high of seven games over .500 at 44-37, then the next ten games against the Rays, Angels, and Twins will have a lot to do on whether they buy or sell at the deadline.
Jon Daniels has said that if the Rangers were to be buyers, they would likely target a starter with some club control (Noah Syndergaard or Marcus Stroman, anyone?). For the Rangers to truly go into the buyers market, seven or more games above .500, and staying within three games of the wild card probably needs to happen come the All-Star break.
For the Texas Rangers to go after some bullpen help (assuming a starting pitching deal doesn’t include bullpen help), it will likely be closer to the trade deadline. At that point, if the Rangers are buying, they would likely have already made a move for a starting pitcher. The Rangers would probably be looking for a reliever or two that would be rentals, and wouldn’t cost any of their top prospects.
If the Rangers find themselves in the four to seven games back of wild card are in July, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them sit on their hands, and wait to see what happens until the very last-minute of the deadline before they make a deal (similar to Yu Darvish in 2017). In this area, the Rangers would more than likely be sellers if they are five or more games back, but they could decide not to sell, and potentially trade for some players that would be cheap rentals.
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But if the Rangers were really struggling over the next few weeks, and find themselves over seven games out of the wild card, it’s likely they could start to sell off players, and look towards next season. If this were to happen, the players that we could see traded, would likely be Mike Minor, Jesse Chavez, Shawn Kelley, Asdrubal Cabrera, Logan Forsythe, Chris Martin, and possibly Lance Lynn and Hunter Pence.
Nomar Mazara could be an interesting player to watch as the deadline approaches, whether the Rangers buy or sell, as he could bring back a solid prospect haul if the Rangers decide to rebuild, or he could be critical if the Rangers want to save their farm system and go after a pitcher with club control.
What do you think? What would it take for you to be a buyer or seller? Who would you ship out and who would you like to see come in? Let us know!
- Published on 06/21/2019 at 11:00 AM
- Last updated at 06/21/2019 at 06:04 AM