Bowden: James Shields makes sense for Rangers
The Rangers get another solid starter in Shields, who is still striking out almost a batter per inning and on pace for more than 200 innings in a "down" year. Upton solidifies center field, thus allowing Josh Hamilton to move full time to left field -- his best position -- so he can concentrate on getting his bat back to the dominating form he had in April and May. Rangers brass is convinced that Gentry is a breakout player whose success has been stunted because he’s been mixed and matched in the lineup rather than slotted in as an every-day player. In Tampa, Gentry would get that opportunity as the Rays’ every-day center fielder. The Rays also would control Gentry for the next five years, as opposed to Upton, who will be a free agent in October.
You can read the rest of what Bowden has to say here (Insider).
One thing it would do is keep Jurickson Profar, Mike Olt and Martin Perez in the system. But I don't think the club has to have Upton and Gentry is providing a nice boost to this offense with his speed and a good defender in the outfield too.
What do you think of this proposed deal?
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