It’s that time again! The 2014 All-Star Game is over. That means the start of the second half of baseball.
That also signifies the biggest push for trades. The best teams frantically look for that player who gives them the final push into the post season. And the worst…well they look through their team hoping that one of those “best” teams needs something the “worst” teams have.
Enter the 2014 Texas Rangers…this year’s absolute worst team. Sitting at 39-59 the Texas Rangers are 22 games out of first place. They are also the only team in the majors that hasn’t won 40 or more games. Like I said, the worst.
Now in usual times, teams with similar positions as the Rangers go on an all-out “fire-sale.” But this isn’t a “usual” time for the Rangers. The Rangers have seen 22 players hit the disabled list this year. Twenty-two. That’s about 12 more than any other team in the majors. Key pieces such as 1B Prince Fielder and SP Derek Holland have had their season taken away.
And there’s the rub. The Rangers have seen their most productive players lost this season to injury. Fielder alone owns a career .285 batting average, 1389 hits, 288 home runs, and 886 RBIs. Losing a player of Fielder’s offensive caliber hurts the entire lineup.
Most teams would sell, sell, sell. But the Rangers shouldn’t move a single player unless the absolute best situation arises. If anything, this season should have the Rangers in the market for strong starting pitching. 2015 looks to hold some pretty good pitching options with Johnny Cueto (10-6 with a 2.13 ERA and 141 Ks to 35 BBs) and Yovani Gallardo (5-5 with a 3.68 ERA and 86 Ks to 32 BBs) potentially available.
The Rangers need to stand pat. With the season in the dumps, that is difficult. But the 2015 Texas Rangers will have a healthy Fielder along with 21 other players returning from the disabled list. And picking up a few parts and pieces, specifically in the pitching department, the Texas Rangers look to contend.
Texas, do us all a favor and wait. Don’t trade.