Over the past twelve months, the New York Yankees have been mining the Texas Rangers to help fill their roster. First, Brian Cashman turned several potential middle-tier players into the Rangers in favor of Joey Gallo and Julie Rodriguez last July. Then, after failing to make a business deal with the front office in Texas for Isiah Kiner-Falefa before being sent to Minnesota, he swung an impressive deal with the twins that brought the former Rangers Shortstop to the Bronx. A week before the season began, Albert Abreu flipped to Texas for catcher Jose Trevino, and when Rangers granted Matt Carpenter his release, he immediately called up the veteran and signed him to a major league contract.
With such a strong recent history, you might think that the Rangers and Yankees are a match made in heaven. The teams clearly have a solid familiarity with each other’s menus and farm systems, which in theory should help smooth the deal. However, circumstances in July of this year make it unlikely that the Yankees will be able to snatch a major shareholder from Texas.
Last season, Rangers were very clearly in “sell” mode: They were on their way to a disastrous 60-102 season, with only one more year of team control (Gallo) left, and the rotation was filled with pitchers with ERAs north of 5.00. The 2022 rangers are in a much different boat. For starters, by signing both Cory Seeger and Marcus Simin last winter, they announced their intention to make a competitive team in the next two or three years; For this reason, they are unlikely to be willing to trade with anyone who is not a charterer. Furthermore, in 39-43 there are only four matches out of the third Wild Card, and the +13 play difference indicates that they were somewhat less accomplished. At this point, unless something changes drastically between now and the end of July, they will likely bring in some reinforcements as if they were going to sell any piece.
Both on the plate and on the hill, Rangers have been almost league average this year, with both OPS+ and ERA+ hovering around 100. Specifically, their squad could use an extra player, with Brad Miller being the primary left player for most of the season. , or even DH, as Mitch Garver will miss the rest of the year with forearm surgery. As it happens, the Yankees have a defensive player that they are understandably willing to move on. its name? Joey Gallo.
At first glance, it may seem strange that the Rangers decide to bring back Gallo. However, in many ways, this is the best intersection between need and availability for all parties involved. Although the Rangers wanted to put on a Wild Card play, this was a transitional year for them by all accounts; The last thing they want to do is invest a lot of possibilities when they need to jump four teams for the last Wild Card spot. Meanwhile, the Yankees want to move Gallo to free up a spot on the roster to add another outside player, but since he’s a free agent after this season, no rebuilding team will want to bring him in. This leaves the other contenders like the market, and since it was so bad, only the marginal contenders will likely be willing to roll the dice.
Now, of course, it’s still relatively early July. There is plenty of time for the playoffs to develop before the August 2 trading deadline. And in the event that the Rangers are definitely out of the race, we could see other players available. Starting bowler Martin Perez, in the midst of a breakout year in his 31-year season who became a free agent year after year, could be an interesting target if the Yankees decide to look to turn-eaters to boost spin, while Matt Moore and Garrett Richards are interesting veteran bowler options.
The way things are currently going, though, these players will likely remain in Arlington, as the Rangers seek to bolster a marginal rival and try to open their window a little earlier than expected. And if so, they only match the Yankees as part of a larger deal designed to help both teams improve their playing fields.
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