When the MLB trade deadline rolls around on July 30, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Texas Rangers as sellers. They might be sitting in third place in the AL West, but they're also 22-27 and trail the first-place Oakland Athletics by 6.5 games. While anything is possible, Texas will have to make a decision sooner than later.
Here's a look at three Rangers players who are most likely to be traded at the July 30 deadline.
Texas Rangers Trade Rumors
1. Joey Gallo, OF
Considering there are already rumors about teams calling the Rangers about trading for Joey Gallo, it makes sense that he would be one of the most likely players to move by the deadline. It's only been three years since the 27-year-old had back-to-back 40-home run seasons, so it's not unfathomable to think that he could get there again. He currently has 7 homers and 21 RBI in 158 at-bats on the campaign and will be eligible for arbitration next offseason.
2. Jordan Lyles, RHP
In the final season of his two-year, $16-million contract, Jordan Lyles could find himself getting moved at the deadline. He's 2-3 with a 5.94 ERA through 10 starts this season, which isn't exactly worth the $8 million he's making in 2021. Nevertheless, Lyles wouldn't be out of place as the No. 5 pitcher in a contender's rotation. He's never pitched in a postseason game before, so getting traded to a playoff-bound team would give Lyles the best opportunity to turn that into a reality.
3. Drew Butera, C
Catcher Drew Butera is the definition of a depth option. The 37-year-old isn't known for his offense, as seen by his .115/.111/.154 slash line. But what Butera lacks in offense, he makes up in defense. He has a career fielding percentage of .992 as a catcher and has postseason experience, including when he won the 2015 World Series as a member of the Kansas City Royals. While trading for Butera won't instantly win a team a championship, it's the type of move that helps any club prepare for the unknown in the postseason.
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