After news broke of the Texas Ranger star’s broken hamate bone, it sent Rangers nation into a depressing frenzy. People are talking left and right about what the front office should do, and the answer has become obvious.
The effect of Joey Gallo’s injury will have a massive impact on the team’s plans and has them poised to start selling off the team and plan for the future.
The hamate bone is in the hand that is affected with every swing. The as the bat comes around, the wrists roll and puts pressure on a small area of the hand. The recovery time before any physical activity is usually 6-8 weeks, and after Gallo had surgery to repair it, it could take more time Gallo to get back into major league form.
If the Rangers are smart, they’ll shut down Gallo for the season, sit him down in the office, and offer him a contract worth $20-25M per season and lock up the future star for the near future. Gallo was on pace to set career highs in batting average, walks, and OPS in an All-Star season and is looking like a clear core piece for years to come.
With Gallo on the shelf, the season is all but lost, and the front office has been taking calls nonstop listening to trade offers for multiple players. Hunter Pence, Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, and Nomar Mazara have been the biggest names that have arisen in trade conversations recently.
But with Gallo gone, it gives Willie Calhoun a shot at the big leagues, again. He was sent down to the minors when Hunter Pence was activated from the IL, which was just simply the unlucky nature of Willie. In his first action back, he hit a home run in stylish fashion, never missing a beat going 2-3 with a HR and 2 RBI against Oakland in a 5-2 win. It seems as though Willie took his lumps in stride, and is willing to do whatever the team is asking at this point.
Willie splash. pic.twitter.com/RVRHP2Lm0E
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 27, 2019
Mike Minor and Lance Lynn have obviously been the 2 most reliable pitchers for the Rangers, and teams like the Rays, Braves, Astros, and Yankees who are looking for more solid pitching are on the phone. It’s time to make a decision for Jon Daniels: does he trade one of his best starting pitchers? Or does he hold tight to the pitching that the team has with hope of luring a big name pitcher to Texas? The answer isn’t easy, but Minor has expressed himself in the past that he wants to be in town to contribute for this club.
Lynn literally just signed a three-year deal in the offseason, showing that he’s committed. He’s been excellent this season with a winning percentage over 67%, and has very high value for the team. The Yankees had Lynn last season, so there may be a chance at a reunion for New York. If the Rangers don’t get an offer that they can’t refuse, don’t be surprised to see Lynn and Minor stay with the club for another season with some control left on their contracts, possibly capitalizing on their value next season.
Mazara and Pence have also been hot names on the wire of late, both being valuable for multiple reasons. Mazara is very young and having an average career so far with 20 HR and just about 90 RBI per season.
Pence is enjoying a very good year compared to past seasons, as he has his highest BA since 2011 and his highest HR total since 2014. He’s a huge reason why this team was so focused deep into the summer until their recent collapse. His preparation at times is uncanny, and his leadership as a veteran really has no price when it affects the rest of the team in such a positive manner. The price for him will not be high, as he’s in his 30’s and isn’t a great defensive player anymore, and more of a DH. He’s on a one year deal so control after this year is not guaranteed, so maybe the Rangers can get a mid-level prospect in return for the wily veteran.
Mazara could reel in some good players in a trade, as the pitching has become a priority for the Rangers to acquire in trades. He could easily grab two top 100 players in an organization, but are the Rangers willing to part with Nomar so soon in his career?
His defense is not good, he’s pretty slow, and he seems to be underperforming at the plate with all the potential the team sees in him. Former Ranger assistant GM A.J. Preller was around when Mazara was coming up with the Rangers and has expressed his own interest in acquiring the young outfielder for the Padres. The White Sox have also called about Mazara, so the Rangers could still hold him if they feel he’ll continue to develop and get better, but JD will still to listen to offers to all who want him.
The deadline is July 31st, and has become the only trade deadline as of this season. JD will need to make decisions that will be best for the team, and not for the fans.
As much as we want to either sell and trade everyone we have now that the season is lost or keep and reload for next season, the fate of the Texas Rangers is in the hands of Jon Daniels.