Right before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Texas Rangers traded the starting pitcher Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rangers announces the deal revealing the receiver outfielder/second baseman Willie Calhoun, infielder Brendon Davis and pitcher A.J. Alexy. Willie is the prize for Texas as bat will play in the big leagues. A.J. is a big RHP just a year out of HS who’s punching out a lot of guys in A ball. Davis is a classic Rangers athlete, a huge skinny indfielder.
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Darvish was one of the top pitching options on the MLB trade market. Throughout his 22 starts, he has a 4.01 ERA and a 3.98 fielding independent pitching (FIP) mark. Moving Darvish is a right move for Texas, as the Houston AStros are running away with the American League West, while the right-hander is in the final year of his contract. Since the Rangers are likely to miss the playoffs, the trade Darvish now rather than possibly watch him leave in free agency. Rangers can still sign Darvish as a free agent in the off-season.
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Throughout this trade, general manager Jon Daniels can rebuild a farm system to among more middling. The Rangers aren’t executing a full-scale rebuild as Rougned Odor, Elvis Andrus, Nomar Mazara, Cole Hamels, Joey Gallo and Adrian Beltre are all under contract through at least next year. Texas’ minor league organization was ranked No. 22 prior this year. On the other side, the Dodgers will use Davish as somebody that can help get them into the playoffs and win a World Series. He is averaging 9.72 strikeouts per nine innings, over two fewer than last year (11.84). While he turns 31 in August, his career arc will resemble that of a pitcher. Regardless, the richer team got richer in this trade, the Dodgers had one of the strongest rotations in the majors.