Mike Leake is one of several veteran starting pitchers that have been made available in trade discussions ahead of Wednesday afternoon’s deadline, and there are multiple teams interested in adding him.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers have engaged in trade conversations with the Seattle Mariners surrounding Leake.
#Brewers one of teams on #Mariners’ Mike Leake, sources tell The Athletic. #Rangers also have been in mix. Trade possible, even after Leake pitched last night. Leake holds full no-trade, but told reporters he was willing to waive it for deal that did not come to fruition – yet.
The Mariners appear motivated to move Leake, as USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported on Tuesday that they are willing to eat a significant portion of the 31-year-old’s remaining salary to help facilitate a deal.
The #Mariners are telling teams they will eat large amount of Mike Leake's remaining salary to facilitate a trade. He's earning $16 million this year, $15M in 2020, and has an $18M option or $5M buyout in 2021. The #STLCards are paying $5M of his contract this year, and $4M next.
Leake is 9-8 with a 4.40 ERA this season and has a career ERA of 4.05 and WHIP of 1.28. He has thrown 175 innings or more in every season since 2012 and is on pace to surpass that mark again this year, so he would be a nice innings-eater down the stretch for a contending team.
It’s safe to say the Texas Rangers’ social media team has had enough of fans tweeting them trade deadline suggestions.
The Rangers mocked up a hilarious Twitter graphic on Monday for fans who would send them trade suggestions, with all roads leading to a simple reminder that the social media team has nothing to do with roster decisions.
The best part? The small “tank for Zion” arrow in the top right corner.
The trade deadline can be a rather stressful time for everyone involved in the sport. Beyond the social media team, a prominent target of trade rumors made light of the speculation surrounding him. None of them have any control over this, so they might as well make light of it.
The Texas Rangers are in a difficult situation at the trade deadline, but it appears they’re going to stick to their rebuilding plan instead of going for it.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Rangers pitcher Mike Minor is “increasingly likely” to be traded by the deadline, with both the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies as interested parties.
Sources: Mike Minor is increasingly likely to be traded in the next two weeks, as I reported a short time ago on @MLBNetwork. The #Brewers and #Phillies are among the interested teams, although there’s no indication that a deal is close. @MLB
The Rangers were not expected to contend this season, as evidenced by the fact that Minor has been the subject of trade rumors since April. Texas, however, sits at 50-45, just four games out of the second wild card spot. They’ve decided, apparently, that it’s not worth trying to go for it this year, and their best chance of being competitive in the long-term is to stick to the plan they already had in place.
The Rangers have a lot of incentive to take extra good care of Minor. He has an injury history and has thrown 117 innings this year after tossing 157 in all of last season. Plus, he’s been great, posting a 2.54 ERA for the Rangers, and they need him to stay healthy if they want to capitalize on his potential as a trade candidate. That’s a separate discussion altogether — the Rangers are just two games out of a wild card spot, and they’ll have to decide if they want to buy, sell, or simply stand pat over the next three weeks.
Miller was once regarded as one of the best young pitchers in the game with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, posting a 3.22 ERA in his first 575 big league innings. He was then traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a blockbuster deal that backfired immensely, as he posted an ERA over six in 2016. The next year, his career was totally derailed by Tommy John surgery that he’s only just started to come back from.
Miller is still only 28. The Rangers will hope that he can reclaim his health and find something close to the form he flashed in St. Louis. If not, it’s a one-year commitment that they can move on from easily.
Profar, who has had difficulty staying healthy during his MLB career, had by far his best season last year. He appeared in 146 games and batted .254 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI. Interestingly enough, it was the Rays who expressed interest in trading for him last winter, but they did not end up with him in Friday’s deal.
Profar has two more years of arbitration before he is eligible to become a free agent in 2021. The 25-year-old is a career .240 hitter. He could either play second base full-time for the A’s or be used as a utility infielder.
Lynn figures to slot directly into the Texas rotation. He had an up-and-down 2018, posting an ERA over five with the Minnesota Twins before being traded to the New York Yankees. He improved in pinstripes, dropping his ERA to 4.14 in 11 appearances. He’s only a year removed from a 2017 season that saw him post a 3.43 ERA with the St. Louis Cardinals.
If there’s any team that can relate to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s the Texas Rangers. And they sent the Dodgers a hilarious tweet on Sunday night after the Dodgers lost Game 5 of the World Series 5-1 to the Boston Red Sox, marking their second straight defeat in the World Series.
The Rangers lost consecutive World Series in 2010 and 2011, falling to the Giants and then the Cardinals. Losing in 2011 stings even more for Texas considering they were an out away from winning the championship before losing Game 6 in extras and then Game 7.
At least Dodgers fans did not have to endure the same heartbreak in 2018, though losing in Game 7 in 2017 wasn’t too fun.
Joe Girardi confirmed over the summer that he wants to manage again, and he has begun the process of making that happen by interviewing with at least one team.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Girardi interviewed with the Texas Rangers on Friday for their managerial vacancy. The Rangers fired Jeff Banister last month after another losing season, and Girardi is the highest-profile candidate they have interviewed thus far. Some of the others include farm director Jayce Tingler, Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde.
Girardi will likely interview for multiple jobs, and it would be a surprise if he did not land one of them. The most logical fit for him could be with the St. Louis Cardinals, who fired manager Mike Matheny this year. Girardi played for the Cardinals for a brief time during his career and maintains a strong relationship with president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.
Girardi has a career record of 988-794 and won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009. He’s also just 53, which is still young for an MLB manager. It makes sense that teams could be interested in him, and we’ve heard him linked to at least one other job in addition to the Rangers and Cardinals.
The Rangers confirmed the news shortly thereafter.
The Texas Rangers announced today that Jeff Banister has been dismissed as the team’s manager. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season effective immediately.
Benister went 325-313 in a four-year tenure as Texas manager. That included two playoff appearances, though the Rangers failed to win a series in either year. He had one year remaining on his contract and after a 64-88 season, the Rangers clearly saw fit to simply move on now and get the building blocks in place with a new manager ahead of their move to a new stadium in 2020. As Banister was one of the managers with shaky job security, this doesn’t come as a huge shock.