On Wednesday, we published a list of nine questions that will determine this year's trade deadline. One of these issues was the marginal competitors most likely to sell before July 31st. We have named one team per league, the Pittsburgh Pirates "winning" in the National League and the Texas Rangers receiving the honor alongside the American League. things. Today, we wanted to focus on the Rangers, who have the potential to dominate the pitchers' market if they decide to cash in their chips rather than pursue their chances of playing in the playoffs by 2. , 9%.
The idea that the Rangers – ranked 20th in rotation and in 21st place as a playmaker – serving as the league's first arms supplier may seem absurd. But the Rangers have more weapons of quality than these ranks suggest. Come with us as we explore who the Rangers could make available and why they would please most suitors.
Note that these pitchers are presented in order of perceived trade probability.
We start with Chris Martin because he's an impending 33-year-old free agent (his contract states that he must be released at the end of the season) who has imposed himself as a quality taker. since his return from Japan before 2018. During the first half, he posted 161 ERA + and 12.33 cashing rates after 34 innings – for those wondering, no other caster with more than 30 innings was allowed. had an ERA + greater than 150 and a toggle / foot ratio greater than 10. Martin-speed, high-spin fastball should make it attractive to the teams of analysis.
Shawn Kelley, whose contract includes an insignificant club option (worth $ 2.5 million) for next season, is still available to candidates seeking a long-term veterinary position. Kelley has been effective for most of the last decade, although he often has problems with running and injuries. He is about to release a new career record, ERA +, and could also flirt with a new career / goal ratio on record. Kelley does not pitch as hard as Martin, but he gives more effect to baseball. Of course, heating is not the breadwinner here, anyway. Kelley has launched nearly 60% of the sliders this season, and for good reason: the drummers have an average of .221 against the field, with hot flashes on nearly 30% of their swings. He has served in the ranks of rangers since May, which would give him greater commercial value in 1999.
Mike Minor would have been a reasonable starter player based on his 198 ERA + in 18 appearances in the first half. Now he is an intriguing commercial candidate because of his performance and the availability of his contract for an affordable year (he will earn less than $ 10 million). Minor has a long history of injuries and missed the entire 2015-16 season, to the point that it seems his starting days are over before signing with Texas. However, it has not been necessary to go through IL for years and seems like a reasonable bet to continue to occupy the space between a starter # 2 and # 3.
We are in Jesse Chavez behind Minor, but you can reverse them without much discussion on our side. Chavez would adapt to almost every training and every budget. He shared the season between the rotation and the corrector and has always worked with relays of several innings. As a bonus, he was only $ 4 million next season. Chavez is older (35) and does not have the brutal state to impress everyone. He is smart and resourceful – and valuable.
The Rangers winced when they signed a three year deal worth $ 30 million with Lance Lynn. However, Lynn has launched well, especially in recent times: in his last 13 starts, he has averaged more than 6.6 innings per pop with an average of 3.09 points and a cashing of 5.5. The Rangers may choose not to move Lynn in the middle of the first year, but if available, someone might consider him an affordable workaholic. (At the very least, its durability should perhaps add to its appeal as a fleshy relic of the recent past – at least as far as sleeves are concerned.)
We will end up with a long-term shot. The Rangers have signed a long-term extension contract with former Jose LeClerc. He began the year slowly, perhaps feeling the need to justify their investment of nearly $ 15 million. Since May 1, however, he was more similar: he drew 49 batters in 30 innings and allowed only 18 hits and a .584 OPS against. Unless the Rangers receive a sponsorship offer, they have no reason to entertain LeClerc.