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Monday, February 24, 2020

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Report: Rangers confident of moving Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

It now seems quite likely that Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will ultimately be on the move.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Monday that the Rangers expect to move Darvish by the deadline, with four teams in the mix for his services.

There does appear to be a clear favorite in Darvish talks, though the situation is fluid and could easily change in the hours leading up to the deadline. Some teams are going to be a bit hesitant due to a reported high asking price, but with Darvish coming up on free agency, it makes a lot of sense for Texas to move him.

Report: Rangers would trade Yu Darvish for ‘right deal’

The Texas Rangers are trying to decide if they want to trade Yu Darvish or not as they continue to flirt with wild card contention, and there’s a growing sense that they would be willing to move the starting pitcher if the price is right.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has been calling teams and informing them Texas is open to trading Darvish in “the right deal.” However, Daniels has been careful not to sound desperate and has told teams the Rangers are content to keep their right-hander if the asking price is not met.

The inconsistency the Rangers have shown all season has continued after the All-Star break, and they’re currently 48-51. They’re 3.5 games out of the AL wild card race, so their playoff hopes remain alive. Texas now trails the Houston Astros by a whopping 18 games in the AL West.

Darvish, 30, is 6-8 this year with a 3.44 ERA. He has already drawn strong interest from contending teams, and he would likely be the most sought-after arm on the market if the Rangers choose to trade him.

Rangers reportedly telling teams Yu Darvish is not available

The Texas Rangers are coming off a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, and they are not yet ready to commit to being sellers with the MLB trade deadline only a week away.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on Monday that the Rangers have been telling interested teams Yu Darvish is not available — at least for now.

A lot can change in the next week, especially with how inconsistent the Rangers have been this year. Winning the AL West division is out of the picture as they trail the Houston Texans by 17 games, but Texas is just 2.5 games behind in the wild card. As long as they don’t lose their next six games before the deadline, the Rangers have no reason to declare themselves out of the playoff race.

Darvish, 30, is 6-8 this year with a 3.44 ERA. He has already drawn strong interest from contending teams, and he would likely be the most sought-after arm on the market if the Rangers choose to trade him.

Report: Rangers shopping Yu Darvish in trade talks

The Texas Rangers have now lost five straight games since they won their first two coming out of the All-Star break, and it sounds like they are planning to be sellers at the MLB trade deadline.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Rangers have begun calling other teams to gauge their interest in starting pitcher Yu Darvish. Passan notes that the Rangers has chosen to start shopping Darvish well before the July 31 trade deadline so they will be prepared in the event that they cannot climb back into the playoff race.

Texas currently totes a record of 45-50, and they have virtually no chance of catching the MLB-leading Houston Astros, who currently have a 16-game lead over the next-best team in the AL West and an 18-game lead over the Rangers. The Rangers are 4.5 games back in the wild card race.

Darvish has bounced back nicely since missing the entire 2015 season following Tommy John surgery. The 30-year-old is just 6-8 in 20 starts this year, but he has a respectable 3.45 ERA and has struck out 131 batters in 125 1/3 innings. He’s in the final year of his contract, and the Rangers said back in March that they were open to negotiating an extension with the right-hander during the season.

While Oakland A’s starting pitcher Sonny Gray still has two years of team control remaining on his contract after 2017, Passan reports that almost all teams who are looking to make a run this year would prefer to trade for Darvish if the price is right.

If the Rangers decide they have no chance of making the playoffs this season, they could trade both Darvis and another front-end starting pitcher.

4 MLB teams poised to surge in the second half

The Major League Baseball All-Star break provides a great opportunity for teams to rest, sit back, and reassess where they stand. Some teams know they’re out of it. Some know they’re performing a little above expectation and will have to work very hard to keep it up.

Then there are the teams who feel that they can do even more. Perhaps they had good, but not great first halves. Perhaps they were outright disappointments. They know, deep down, though, that they have the talent to do even better than they did — and will be looking to kick things into high gear once the second half starts.

Here are four teams that may well get hot in the second half.

4) Texas Rangers

It is far too late for the Rangers to catch the Houston Astros in the American League West, but if they play their cards right, they definitely have a chance to make an impact on the wild card race. There is a lot of talent here, and even some evidence that their 43-45 first half record is a bit unlucky.

Texas has been middling in all departments, but injuries have had a huge impact on their fortunes. On the pitching side of things, ace lefty Cole Hamels has made just eight starts due to an oblique injury. Hamels is 4-0 and his replacements haven’t really been able to hack it in the Texas rotation. A healthy Hamels, paired with Yu Darvish and a solid Andrew Cashner, would make the Rangers significantly better every fifth day — assuming Texas doesn’t elect to blow it up.

There are also indications that the Rangers are beginning to get their struggling bullpen in better shape. They’ve never been able to settle on a closer, but Matt Bush, Alex Claudio, and Keone Kela are capable of giving this team good relief innings.

Surprisingly, the Texas offense has been a real problem, sitting 14th in the American League in batting average at the break, making up for the deficiency with some power. Still, it’s easy to imagine how much better they’d be if they had some guys on base for those extra base hits, as Elvis Andrus is the team’s only .300 hitter. Adrian Beltre has appeared in just 35 games due to injury, and if they can keep him healthy, that will be a major improvement in itself. If the likes of Rougned Odor and Jonathan Lucroy can pick up their offensive numbers a bit, do not be surprised to see this team make a run.

3) Boston Red Sox

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Report: Rangers could be open to trading Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels

The Texas Rangers entered the All-Star break with a 43-45 record, and they happen to play in the division with the best team in baseball. Because of the incredible season the Houston Astros are having, the Rangers are a whopping 16.5 games out of first place.

Could that inspire them to become sellers at the trade deadline?

According to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, the Rangers are considering the possibility of listening to trade offers for starting pitchers Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels if they don’t turn things around by July 31.

Although there is plenty of baseball left, the Rangers already need to be thinking about the wild card and not the division. They’re currently just three games out of the second wild card spot, so they’re hardly out of contention.

All that said, Darvish is in the final year of his contract. He’s 30 and has already undergone Tommy John surgery, so the Rangers have a big decision to make with him. If the Rangers believe they are destined for a below average finish in 2017, they may change their minds about what they said prior to the season.

Darvish is 6-8 this year with a 3.49 ERA. Hamels, who missed two months with an oblique injury, is 4-0 with a 3.51 ERA.

Report: Rangers could trade Jonathan Lucroy

For the second consecutive summer, Jonathan Lucroy could find himself on the move.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Texas Rangers could be open to dealing Lucroy, who is set to become a free agent at season’s end, possibly for bullpen help.

The Rangers are 40-41 and pretty much out of the AL West race, with only an outside shot at the wildcard. The two sides tabled extension talks in March, and it’s quite clear nothing will get done on that front. The only problem is that Lucroy’s trade value might be down a little bit — he’s hitting .263 with just four home runs so far in 2017.