Rangers’ Trade Deadline Possibilities
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Tuesday, July.30, 2013
By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner) Follow @aecanada12
For most baseball teams that won’t make the playoffs, the Trade Deadline is a way for them to trade players away that will be impending free agents the following season.
The teams don’t see these players as a part of their long-term plans for the organization will want to get something in return rather than just allowing the player to sign with another team and they get nothing in return.
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Then there are other baseball clubs that are contenders in their respective divisions and they view this time as an opportunity to fix a glaring hole or weakness with their team.
They can either acquire an arm to help stabilize their rotation and solidify the bullpen or they could look to acquire a position player that can bolster their offense.
The Texas Rangers is one team that falls into latter category with them wanting to upgrade not only starting rotation, but their offense as well. They already made a trade for a pitcher, when they acquired Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs last week.
They did send a good plethora of young talent the Cubs way, but they needed a starting pitcher with the amount of injuries that has happened to their rotation.
Once the rotation is healthy for them, it should reduce some of the strain on their bullpen. That has been a concern over the past month with the starters not going deep in ball games.
The Rangers are trying to keep pace with the Oakland Athletics in the American League West division, as they now sit six games out of first place.
They accomplished one goal with adding Garza and they would like to acquire a right-handed bat to help out their offense. They have several options with an abundance of right-handed bats available.
Texas has been linked to outfielder Alex Rios and for good reason with the Chicago White Sox struggling this season. The White Sox also have one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball and Texas is regarded as having the best in baseball.
Rios is having a solid season with a .272/.324/.752 triple-slash in 397 at-bats this season to include him belting out 12 HRs and 49 RBIs. He is also a threat to wreak havoc on the bases as well with him swiping 22 bases and has only been caught six times this season.
He is hitting right-handers well this season, as indicated by his .266 batting average and .732 OPS in 316 at-bats. When he faces southpaws, his average is even higher at .296 and his OPS is .829 in 81-at-bats.
The one area where he is weak at is with runners in scoring position, as indicated by his .213 average. He still does have 31 RBIs in 94 at-bats in this situation even with the low average.
Texas has a deep farm system and would not have to part with too many prospects to make this deal happen. The White Sox would be happy to get any prospects with their depleted farm system.
Another player they could look at is New York Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd. He is having a great season for the Mets with a .280 average in 325 at-bats on the season. He also has hit 17 HRs to go along with 60 RBIs. He is strikeout prone with him whiffing 101 times.
He is a right-handed batter but he can handle left-handed pitching with a .310 average in 116 at-bats against lefties this season. Byrd is also solid with runners in scoring position, as indicated by his .295 batting average and 46 RBIs in this situation.
The Mets could decide to hold onto him, but he would definitely help out the Rangers if they were to acquire him.
Another viable option for the Rangers is Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez. He’s having a career-year with his .305 batting average and .900 OPS in 370 at-bats this season.
Gomez is also showing some flashes of power with 17 HRs and 52 RBIs to include him stealing 26 bases and just being caught four times. He has no issues facing lefties or righties, with a .305 average against right-handers and hitting .306 facing left-handers.
The speedy outfielder is fairly good with runners in scoring position, with him hitting .250 in 92 at-bats and having 32 RBIs.
The Rangers would have to part with their best prospect in Jurickson Profar to make this deal happen. This deal could be beneficial not only this season, but into the future as well. They could have him hit at top of the lineup or use in the bottom of their line up as well.
Texas has even entertained the idea of trading All-Star closer Joe Nathan for some help as well. They do have a good bullpen, as they are 4th in the AL with a 3.07 bullpen ERA.
They do have other relievers that could take his spot if he were dealt. The Rangers would like to add a bat, but I don’t think they would trade a closer like the caliber of Nathan to meet that need.
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