The Texas Rangers have been looking to bolster their starting rotation and have been linked to some big names in trade talks. Chris Sale is the biggest name that they have shown interest in acquiring, but they made a much smaller move this afternoon. It may not be their final trade, but it certainly could help the rotation.
According to a report from Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Rangers have acquired 31-year-old starting pitcher Lucas Harrell from the Atlanta Braves.
Lucas Harrell has been traded to the Rangers. No other details about the deal.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 27, 2016
Harrell has not played a lot of baseball this season for the Braves, starting in just five games all season long. He has compiled a 2-2 record to go along with a 3.38 ERA and 1.75 K/BB ratio. It certainly isn’t the splash that many expect the Rangers to try to make, which makes people wonder if they are looking to make another move.
At this point in the season, the Rangers are sitting at 58-43, which is good enough for first in the American League West division. They have put together an extremely talented roster and have a chance to make a run in the postseason.
It will be interesting to see what the Rangers do with Harrell moving forward. He certainly isn’t going to be able to power the team into the playoffs, but he can have a solid role for them.
Expect to hear plenty more rumors around the league as the MLB trade deadline draws closer. Harrell won’t be the last starting pitcher to move if the market does what many expect it to do. Texas may have gotten a steal, or they may have simply acquired a guy that they’ll drop in the near future.
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