MLB Insider Names Rangers' Single Biggest Trade Priority Ahead of Deadline

An MLB insider has named the Texas Rangers' single biggest trade priority ahead of the deadline.
An MLB insider has named the Texas Rangers' single biggest trade priority ahead of the deadline. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers find themselves in a bit of a tough spot approaching the MLB trade deadline in August. They remain on the fringe of Wild Card contention with a 37-42 record, which means neither selling or buying is their most likely strategy. There's still a few clear moves that can be made, though.

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ESPN's David Schoenfield explains that he expects none of the Rangers' big trade chips to be on the move. While starting pitcher Martin Perez would bring back a massive package, trading him would also show that Texas is mailing it in for 2022. That's why a reliever like Matt Moore could be gone.

Moore is one of four left-handed relievers currently on the Rangers' roster and is set to enter free agency at the end of the season. At 33 years of age, he doesn't fit into Texas' future plans and would be better off being shipped to a contender. Seeking a low-level prospect in return makes sense.

The positive thing here is that Moore's stock continues to rise as the season goes on. He owns a 3-2 record, 1.98 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 26 appearances. A shift to the bullpen has worked wonders for the 11th-year pro considering he has logged 41 strikeouts in a total of 36.1 innings pitched.

There's no shortage of challengers in need of bullpen depth, including one of the Rangers divisional rivals in the Seattle Mariners. Moore is a name to keep an eye on as Texas has odds set at +30000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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