Texas Rangers at the Trade Deadline

By Lindsey Jones
Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys Writer

The Texas Rangers find themselves in an interesting position after today’s 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. They are currently 16.5 games back in the division and 3 games back in the wild card race to the Rays and Yankees. The Rangers have several impending free agents, including Yu Darvish, Andrew Cashner, Jonathon Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez, many of whom would be coveted by contending teams should the Rangers decide to sell. They also have veterans such as Mike Napoli, Cole Hamels, and Adrian Beltre who teams would also likely be interested in.

Texas’ farm system has taken a big hit the last several years with the team making trades because they were in contention, so trading these guys would help to replenish said farm system with young talent. In 2016 Texas traded Travis Demeritte to the Braves, Dillon Tate to the Yankees, and Luis Ortiz and Lewis Brinson to the Brewers, all of whom were very highly regarded in Texas’ system.

At this point in time, I think the best thing the Rangers could do is play out the next couple series against Baltimore and Tampa to see where they stand in the wildcard chase before the deadline. Jon Daniels has already said that he expects the team to be in contention and will act accordingly, which tells me there is no way he will trade guys like Darvish or Hamels. If the team falls out of the wild card contention in the next few weeks it would be smart for Daniels to sell, sell, sell in my opinion. Keeping young talent in the farm system is pivotal for teams who plan to contend every season, and the Rangers have the pieces to trade that would bring them some big returns.

If the Rangers stay a game or two back in the wild card chase and could get any good prospects for a guy like Lucroy or Napoli then I would go ahead and pull the trigger and restock the farm a little bit while getting ready to compete for the division next season. That would also keep the pieces that would allow them to compete in the playoffs if they were to win one of the wild card spots this season. Jon Daniels has a lot to consider in the next few weeks leading up to the deadline and will do whatever he thinks is best for the team this season and in the future.

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