3 Rangers Most Likely to Be Dealt at the Trade Deadline
Even after a feverish offseason spending spree that landed the Texas Rangers both Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, the team isn't quite ready to compete with the Houston Astros in the AL West. Texas sits 7.5 games back in the division after hovering around .500 baseball through the first two months of the season.
Many experts pegged this as an outcome for the 2022 campaign. Texas didn't have all of their pieces in tact this year, but has an opportunity to seriously improve the roster at the deadline. A few veteran performers have emerged as likely trade candidates, and the front office would be poised to flip these pieces for improvements in the minor leagues.
The MLB trade deadline is August 2, and these Rangers are the most likely to be moved before the first week in August.
Rangers Trade Rumors
1. Martin Perez, SP
The obvious choice, and the one Texas must prioritize. Veteran left-hander Martin Perez has emerged as a staff ace in the 2022 campaign, putting together a career year with a 2.18 ERA and 0.2 home runs allowed per nine innings. The Rangers took a one-year flier on Perez this offseason, and while the results have been impressive, there's questions about the sustainability. This is a situation where Texas must strike a trade at the apex of Perez' trade value. Perez is 31 years old and doesn't figure into the future equation given the expected 2022/23 debuts of top prospects Cole Winn and Jack Leiter, respectively.
2. Kole Calhoun, RF
Veteran outfielder Kole Calhoun fits the bill perfectly for a trade candidate. Much like Joey Gallo a year ago, Calhoun is an upcoming free agent outfielder that displays decent power from the left side of the plate. There will always be contenders eyeing lefty power bats at the trade deadline, and 2022 is no different. Calhoun signed with the Rangers back in November of 2021 and, at 34-years-old, isn't part of the long-term equation. He's smashed 7 home runs and 24 RBIs through 55 games this season and would surely help a contending team like the Tampa Bay Rays or Toronto Blue Jays that struggle to slug from that side of the dish.
3. Nathaniel Lowe, 1B
Nathaniel Lowe is an interesting option for Texas to consider on the trade market. At just 26-years-old and under team control until 2027, he could be considered part of future plans. But, the Rangers have a few upcoming infield prospects who either project as first baseman or could easily be swapped there. That includes the likes of No. 6-ranked Dustin Harris, No. 3-ranked Josh Jung and maybe even No. 4-ranked Ezequiel Duran. Lowe is another power-hitting lefty that contending teams could have their eyes on, and considering he's under team control for several years the Rangers would have an easier time flipping him for near-MLB ready pitching prospects.
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