The Texas Rangers are expected to be sellers at the MLB Trade Deadline…
The Texas Rangers have cratered this season and a rebuild seems inevitable. As sellers, there are two key players who are likely to garner the most interested and we discuss them today.
On Sunday, Jeff Passan sent out a tweet that the Texas Rangers could potentially make two massive trades before the trade deadline hits later today.
For some background on what Passan tweeted about possible players the Texas Rangers may be dealing, here is the tweet:
*Please note that this article was written Sunday night, so the Rangers could have made multiple trades by the time this is even published!*
If you told me a week ago that the Texas Rangers would be dealing Joey Gallo, I probably would’ve scoffed at you, but now it seems like there is a reasonable shot at Gallo being dealt.
I do think that if Gallo gets traded, he will probably demand more than Lance Lynn will bring the Rangers, even though some may not think he is as good as Lynn.
Gallo has struggled at the plate so far this season, hitting .183 on the year, but his elite eye and power are going to be what teams look at. We have also seen first hand what Gallo can do when he’s hot, so there are going to be multiple teams that see that potential, and will attempt to give the Rangers an offer they can’t(?) refuse.
Another important note for Gallo is that he is under contract until 2023 (according to Baseball-Reference), which will also help the Texas Rangers get a good haul for the 26 year-old slugger.
Now on to the player that is probably the guy that the fans wanted traded the most (not for bad reasons, just for the prospect haul he will bring in), Lance Lynn. Lynn has continued to be terrific this year, as he is now 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in eight starts.
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He is in a great place right now, as he will get the club a great prospect haul, or if they decide to keep him, will be an anchor to the rotation on a very reasonable contract for the 2021 season. Something that I think is of note for any Lance Lynn deal will be in regards to what happens with Mike Clevenger, whom the Cleveland Indians are currently shopping around.
Clevenger probably holds the keys for any Lance Lynn deal that happens, as he is the most coveted ace on the market, while Lynn is second. If Clevenger gets traded, pulled off the market, or if teams are told they are out of the running, the Texas Rangers could see an all-out bidding war for Lynn, which should be a good thing.
The way that the deadline market seemed to be taking place over the weekend had the appearance of a sellers market, as the Seattle Mariners picked up Taylor Trammell in a seven player deal that included Austin Nola being dealt to the Padres.
Hopefully the Texas Rangers are able to capitalize on the sellers market, and get huge hauls for Joey Gallo, Lance Lynn, and potentially others (Rougned Odor, Shin-Soo Choo, Mike Minor, and Todd Frazier to name a few).
It will be very interesting to see how the deadline plays out, and if the Texas Rangers are able to “hold the keys to the deadline,” and use it to their own advantage.
- Published on 08/31/2020 at 11:30 AM
- Last updated at 08/31/2020 at 07:28 AM