Texas Rangers: Buyers or Sellers?

by Ben Dieter on July 25, 2017

The chatter is insane right now about the Rangers and especially Yu Darvish. There are many teams interested in Darvish, including the Cubs, Dodgers, Astros, Brewers and others. In my opinion, the race for rhe West is already over, but the Wild Card race is still wide open. So the question remains, should the Rangers be buyers or sellers at the deadline?

If the Rangers were sellers, what do you think they could bring in for the following players?

Cole Hamels

Yu Darvish

Carlos Gomez

Jonathan Lucroy

Adrian Beltre

Mike Napoli

Shin-Soo Choo.

Teams are paying less and less for rentals these days, and almost all of the players I listed above would be rentals. No one would take Choo without the Rangers eating a huge portion of his salery. In my mind the question remains, who are you going to get in return for Hamels or Darvish that have more upside than either of them. Many teams would love to have those two pitchers at the top of their rotation. The Rangers have a good relationship with Yu and have a secent chance of re-signing him. That could change if the team trades him away.

My opinion is that the Rangers should be both. Mike Napoli, Lucroy and Gomez could help contenders, and although they would not bring a huge return, they would be worth moving for the right pieces. Robinson Chirinos and Brett Nicholas would be a fine tandem in my opinion. Drew Robinson, Delino Deshields and Jared Hoying could replace Gomez in the outfield. Joey Gallo is playing a great first base. Choo could move to DH. Who knows, it may even make the team better in the short term as well.

I may be way off base, but I believe that the Rangers need to keep Hamels and Darvish, and deal some of the vets they have as mentioned above. It could be the spark this team needs for a realistic run this season. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!


Rangers Have One in the MLB Top 100

by Ben Dieter on July 25, 2017

The Rangers have one player in the MLB top 100, outfielder Leody Taveras. Taveras plays for the Hickory Crawdads, the Rangers A affiliate. Here is what MLB has to say about Taveras:

A cousin of former big leaguer Willy Taveras, Leody was one of the best athletes available on the 2015-16 international market. After signing for $2.1 million out of the Dominican Republic, he had an impressive pro debut in 2016.

He hit .385 in a short stint in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League, ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Rookie-level Arizona and short-season Northwest leagues, and established himself as the top position prospect in the Rangers system.

Taveras is a legitimate five-tool center fielder. A switch-hitter with a good stroke from both sides of the plate, he understands the strike zone and already shows a feel for recognizing pitches. He has bat speed and makes consistent hard contact, so he could develop into a high average/high OBP player with average power once he fills out.

Taveras’ plus speed makes him a basestealing threat, though he’s still learning the nuances of that art. He’s already a fine center fielder who makes good reads and easily chases down balls in the gaps. With his solid throwing arm, he’s capable of playing anywhere in the outfield. (MLB.com)

He is expected in the major leagues somewhere around 2020.

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