Friday on the Farm: Stop trying to trade Justin Foscue
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A healthy franchise needs its farm system to produce solid contributors, and the 2023 Rangers are proof of that.
They don’t make the playoffs or win the World Series without third baseman Josh Jung, center fielder Leody Taveras, left fielder Evan Carter, left-hander Cody Bradford and infielders Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith.
Players like that need to emerge each season.
The 2024 Rangers will be no different. Based on the financial uncertainty with their TV rights partner and a potential unwillingness to go past the luxury-tax threshold, the 2024 Rangers could really lean on the farm system.
Carter will enter the season as a favorite to be American League Rookie of the Year. Sam Huff, who no longer has rookie status but is not an established major-leaguer, is the front-runner to be Jonah Heim’s backup at catcher.
The bullpen could feature Bradford, Marc Church and Antoine Kelly, among others. Bradford, Jack Leiter, Owen White and Cole Winn will be counted on to serve as rotation depth.
Then, there is Justin Foscue, who some fans and experts have been attempting to trade since the Rangers signed Marcus Semien two years ago. Foscue is a second baseman and is blocked from everyday playing time by Semien. Third base is Foscue’s other position, and Jung isn’t going anywhere.
Foscue looks like an obvious trade candidate.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a spot for him.