The Rangers didn’t lose any offense at the trade deadline. They also didn’t gain any.
And since they couldn’t find any last night, just like that their four-game winning streak stopped dead in its tracks.
The new look Rangers looked pretty much like the old look Rangers.
Arizona 6, Texas 0.
The trade deadline is past. The rebuilding Rangers began the process of stock piling pitching. And more pitching. And more pitching.
They got Corey Gearrin, a 32-year-old right handed reliever, and Jason Bahr, 23, a righty, and starting pitcher.
They got Tyler Thomas. He’s 22, throws left, a starter with a career 2.99 ERA.
They got Rollie Lacy and Eddie Butler. Lacy is 23, throws right handed. Butler, also a right hander, is 27 and is already in the Rangers bullpen, as is Gearrin above.
They picked up Taylor Hearn, a local Royce City boy. Hearn is a 6’5” lefty, 23, projected to be a starter.
They acquired Wei-Chieh Huang, a 24-year-old right handed reliever.
Plus, in all these deals, they have three players to be named later. (I hope one of them is named Clayton Kershaw.)
For that haul, they lost Cole Hamels, Jesse Chavez, Keona Kella, and Jake Diekman.
Seven new arms, possibly ten once the three PTBNL are announced, for four.
All in all, it was a fruitful job of repopulating a farm system devoid of pitching. Rangers GM Jon Daniels realized if he cannot produce his own, he needs to go out and get more. But, in the case of Kela, it was one of his own.
So many of these new guys are A-Level and Double-A pitchers. They are the proverbial carrots dangling at the end of a string. Too far away to reach now, but maybe one day.
With the Rangers track record on pitching, all they can do is stockpile and hope.
Hope that ten new ones might produce two good ones.
NO GAME TODAY