The Texas Rangers are riding a season high 11-game winning streak, hold a 55-41 record and stand in first place of the AL West with a four-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels. Even though times are good for the Rangers, don’t you wonder if general manager Jon Daniels will make a trade or two before the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31? If JD is dealing, how strong is their minor league system of which he can choose players to package in deals?
“It’s excellent ... there’s no question about it. It’s definitely one of the best in baseball, especially on the pitching side,” said Kevin Goldstein a national baseball writer covering scouting and player development for Baseball Prospectus and ESPN.com. “It’s loaded with young pitching and one of the reasons why the Rangers are really in the best position to improve themselves this month before the trade deadline.”
Last season beginning July 1, JD and the Rangers began their pre-trade deadline shopping season. Catcher Bengie Molina was acquired from San Francisco for righty Chris Ray and minor league righty Michael Main. On July 9, the Rangers acquired lefty Cliff Lee and righty Mark Lowe from Seattle for first baseman Justin Smoak, righties Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke, and infielder Matt Lawson.
Nearly three weeks later, the Rangers acquired infielder Jorge Cantu from Florida for righties Omar Poveda and Evan Reed. Infielder Cristian Guzman was acquired on July 31 from Washington for righties Tanner Roark and Ryan Tatusko.
In total, Texas sent eight minor leaguers (seven pitchers) in deals intended to help the Rangers get to their first World Series. In order to have a repeat performance, Goldstein says there should be a comfort level in making trades in the next two weeks.
“They have more trade chips," Goldstein said. "They have more on the table that they can throw out there that’s not going to affect their future so much because they have more talent than there are positions. They have players they can throw out there that are going to impress teams more than their competitors, and I think it’s going to give them a significant advantage. Not to mention that, this time of the year Jon Daniels is absolutely one of the most aggressive general managers around.”
Goldstein was a guest on Rangers Magazine, which airs from 10-11 a.m. every Saturday on 103.3 FM ESPN. We also discussed the Rangers minor league pitchers who have impressed, including Martin Perez and Robbie Erlin. Shortstop Jurickson Profar’s name came up. We also discussed the Rangers in the international market of scouting, the concept of untouchable prospects and more.
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