With a record of 46-55, the Texas Rangers are not going anywhere in 2022. Since the trade deadline is tomorrow at the time of this article, I thought I would take a look at potential targets for contending teams.
While overall the season has been challenging for this team, there have been some promise out of some of the young players. The Rangers, for the right price, could move some of the veteran players to make room for some of the prospects.
Below is my list of possible players that could be moved in the next 24 hours. Remember, this is nothing more than wild speculation!
The first on my list is Rangers bullpen arm Matt Moore. In 36 games in 2022, Moore has an ERA of 1.66 and a WHIP of 1.171. He is striking out more than a batter per inning.
All teams trying to contend could use a lefty like Moore out of the pen. My likely to be moved via trade meter sits at 80% on Matt.
Next on my list is Garrett Richards. Richards looked good early in the season but has struggled of late.
With an ERA 1.5 points higher than his career ERA and a WHIP of 1.277, Richards is striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. If someone takes a flyer on Richards, the Rangers will receive
a very small return. 20% chance he is moved via trade tomorrow.
Culberson is having a pretty decent year off the bench for Texas, but he is not really needed with Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith both doing well. In limited opportunities Culberson has an OPS of .594 and is always ready to go.
Again, there will be small return but someone may want a guy like Charlie to come off the bench and help a team in late innings. I give Culberson a 35% chance of being in a trade.
With a .644 OPS and 11 homers on the season, the aging outfielder still has something left in the tank. Several teams are looking at adding outfield depth and he would be a fairly cheap option.
Kole is a good outfielder, and if he gets hot at the plate he can do some serious damage. I think Calhoun is second most likely to get moved. I say 65% chance.
The Rangers don’t have to move anyone, so I can see them stand pat. If I had to guess, I think either Moore or Calhoun are gone after tomorrow. Maybe both.