Bleacher Report had an article on the one off-season nightmare each team should avoid. For the Texas Rangers, it’s “missing the opportunity to sell high on Jose Leclerc.”
They said: “With the value of controllable late-innings relievers at an all-time high, the Rangers have an extremely valuable trade chip in Jose Leclerc.
“The 24-year-old is controllable through the 2022 season and won’t be arbitration-eligible for the first time until next offseason. He’s also fresh off a dominant season, having posted a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings with 12 saves and 15 holds in 59 appearances.
“There’s nothing in his peripherals to suggest he’s headed for significant regression, but relievers are a fickle bunch. It might behoove the Rangers to sell high now with a rebuild looming.”
Basically they are acknowledging the obvious: The Rangers aren’t going to be competitive throughout the duration of his contract, so why not get the most out of their most marketable guy?
Makes sense to me.