3 Rangers Who Won't Survive the Trade Deadline

The Rangers are trying to win their first-ever World Series, and that means making some big moves at the trade deadline.

Jack Leiter highlights the list of Rangers players who are likely to be moved at the trade deadline.
Jack Leiter highlights the list of Rangers players who are likely to be moved at the trade deadline. / Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Evan Carter

For some people, seeing the name "Evan Carter" in the same sentence as "trade" is a total non-starter. And I'd usually agree with you, but there's one situation that could make this viable.

Carter could be on the table if we're looking at a Shohei Ohtani deal, but only if it includes some assurance that Ohtani will sign an extension in Texas. Yes, Ohtani may want to play the open market in free agency, and if that's the case then there's no way we should send Carter off in the trade. But if anyone can make a Godfather offer to Ohtani that would get a long-term deal done, it's the Rangers.

Would it feel good to lose a top-10 prospect in all of baseball? Of course not. But Ohtani is truly a generational talent (that term gets way overused, but in Ohtani's case it may actually be an understatement), and there aren't many trade pieces possible that would qualify as an overpay if the Rangers were going to land him as more than a rental.

Carter is a special prospect, perhaps the best Texas has had in a while. I believe he should be off the table for any rental, but in a long-term Ohtani deal it would be worth seeing him go.

And finally, we've got a guy who would be worth moving for Ohtani even if it were just for a World Series push this season.