I’ll start off by saying, if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it. I don’t think the Rangers are broke, but they could use a little duct tape to make things better.
Here are a couple of trade ideas:
1) I read today that the Rangers are looking at acquiring Justin Upton. They’d have to give up a future 3B for him, and maybe a minor league arm. Now, how valuable will Mike Olt become? He had some injuries last year, but he has entered the elite category of Texas Ranger prospects this year. I think he’s either the answer at 1B or 3B for the Texas Rangers. If they lose Hamilton (please God, no) then he could replace some of the power that Josh provided. But if they lose Olt, would Upton fill the void, gulp, if Hamilton left as well? Could the Rangers recover from something like this? Losing Hamilton hurts, but the longer is non-contract issue plays out the more I move into coping mechanism phase. I say chase Upton and let the chips fall where they may with Josh.
2) Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels? Greinke has pitched in the AL. Hamels hasn’t had a mental lapse that cost his team for a extended period of time. Hamels has pitched in big games. Hamels could also be a stiff upper-lip to the Phillies organization for taking away Cliff Lee. Either way the Rangers should get one of these guys. But who do they have to give up? There has been talk about Jurickson Profar, the star prospect of the organization. I hope not. There has been talk about Mike Olt. I could see him being more available for an All-Star pitching Ace. Martin Perez, and a long list of other pitchers, have also been hypothetically traded away. I would be comfortable for the return on investment with either Greinke or Hamels.
3) What about a key bullpen piece? Last year it was Mike Adams. Why not chase a guy that could really help an ailing bullpen? I will add that I don’t see a lot of bullpen cogs available – because a lot of teams have the injury bug. And teams that are usually sellers are in contention (Go away Baltimore) . The Rangers could look at the Kansas City bullpen for help.
But here is my wild hair – why not look at Daniel Bard. Depending on how the Boston Red Sox look at him (probably damaged mental goods) why not see what he could do in Texas. He needs to work out some issues because the starter experiment never worked out.
Lastly, I’m excited for the second half of the season. The Rangers don’t have many off days for the rest of the year, so let’s hope they keep everyone off the DL for an extended period.