It's time to look back at every team from around the MLB and what they showed us during the 60 game sprint! We are going to explore a few things for each team: Review in-season transactions, what we learned, what we loved, what we didn't love, the most significant need(s), and lastly, the biggest takeaways.
Let's jump over the AL with the Texas Rangers today. We talked about the Padres, A's, Marlins, Yankee's, Cardinals, White Sox, Cubs, Twins, Reds, BlueJays, Brewers, Indians, Giants, Phillies, Mariners, Rockies, Nationals, Mets, Royals, Angels, D-Backs, Red Sox, and Tigers thus far; you can find all posts on the homepage https://www.theballboyblog.com/.
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What moves did the 2020 Rangers make?
Texas Rangers traded 3B Todd Frazier to New York Mets for Player To Be Named Later.- The Mets needed an IF, and Frazier filled that void on paper, and that was about it. Hopefully, this PTBNL works out for Texas.
Texas Rangers traded LHP Mike Minor and cash to Oakland Athletics for Player To Be Named Later, Player To Be Named Later, and Future Considerations. Rangers acquired Dustin Harris and Marcus Smith to complete the deal, 9/18/2020- Neither played for the club in 2020, so we have yet to see what happens next.
Texas Rangers traded C Robinson Chirinos and cash to New York Mets for Player To Be Named Later.- Chirinos had an awful season and wasn't going to stick around in Texas.
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What did we love about the 2020 Rangers?
The only thing that I loved about the 2020 Rangers offense was 25YO 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa slashed a .280/.329/.370 with 59H, 8SB. However, from a power position, only hitting 3HR with 10RBI but getting on base isn't a problem for the young 3B. 2B Nick Solak also had a decent season slashing .268/.326/.370 outside of those two players, there wasn't much to love in this offense. Lance Lynn was about the only SP whose season we loved; over his 84IP, he posted a 3.32ERA, 1.06WHIP, 89k-25BB, 6W, and a 2.3WAR. Names Kyle Cody, Brett Martin, and Jonathan Hernandez each showed well in their work this season. Three players to watch going into 2020 with high upside and have youth on their side.
What did we not love about the 2020 Rangers?
The Rangers offensive slash line of .217/.285/.364 and a team .648OPS all lead them to their last-place finish in the AL. The OPS is very telling as a serviceable player would have at least a .700, and the offense as a whole should have lost more than 22 games. I had this team projected to win 32 games, which was off by quite a bit. The pitching was also wrong as they had a team 5.02ERA, 1.38WHIP. But they were able to hold opposing hitters to a .242OBA.
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What was the biggest takeaway from the 2020 Rangers?
Overall, the farm system is terrible. The offense is awful, and the pitching was showing flashes of upside. They need to rebuild and sell whatever they can to get quality youth pieces. Maybe try to land a couple of slightly above average parts to the offense but really, loose and rebuild the farm system.
What is next for the 2020 Rangers in 2021?
With one of baseball's worst farm systems in baseball, the time is now to give in to the rebuild and sell Lance Lynn and Joey Gallo. Gallo has shown great power and solid glovework in the OF. In 2019 he established a superstar upside of 3.1rWAR, but in 2020 it slipped to a 1.2rWAR. With Gallo being 26 and under club control through 2022, the trade market should be healthy for the slugger.
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