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Rangers strike quickly, trading for former All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman

(AP photo/Julio Cortez)



ARLINGTON — Struggling late in games all season, the Rangers struck early on the trade market Friday.

With more than a month remaining until the Aug. 1 trade deadline, expect them to remain active.

The Rangers acquired former All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from Kansas City in exchange for left-hander Cole Ragans and 17-year-old outfielder Roni Cabrera. Chapman, a 100 mph-throwing left-hander with 317 career saves, is expected to join the Rangers this weekend.

General manager Chris Young, armed with a deep farm system, suggested that the Chapman deal won’t be the Rangers’ last upgrade.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. Charles Neeley June 30, 2023

    Anyone remember John Wetland? He was a once great Yankee closer the Rangers signed back in the 1990s. I personally watched a Wetland blown save go to 13 innings (at 108F, a day game) which the Rangers ultimately lost. Anyone remember Goose Gossage? He came to the Rangers in the 80s. Same results. Totally unimpressed with this move. These guys would have remained Yankees if they were any good. Better than what we have? Maybe, but not by much.

    1. Jeff Wilson July 5, 2023

      John Wetteland is in the Rangers Hall of Fame. Gossage was at the end of his career and came to camp on a minor-league deal. Chapman is an upgrade for a bullpen that needs veteran arms. He is needed.

  2. Monty W July 1, 2023

    I feel like Chapman has “something to prove” to everyone. It’s well documented the end of last season with the work ethic & attitude. You mentioned in a reply to me a while back that Garcia might be good for Chapman. Seems like a “cheap” rental that the club will have an extra month more than grabbing him at the actual deadline.

    1. Jeff Wilson July 5, 2023

      I think you’re right. He’s being a good boy and not raising a stink about not closing. Maybe he’s thinking about one last payday this offseason.


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