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Rangers testing trade market for left fielders with hopes for Bryan Reynolds currently dim

(AP photo/David Zalubowski)

 

 

Left field remains the No. 1 priority for the Rangers the rest of this offseason.

Club officials are actually pleased with internal bullpen options. That’s not to say an arm won’t be added, but the comfort level there is allowing general manager Chris Young to attempt to uncover a left fielder.

The most likely avenue is via a trade, and everyone knows that Pittsburgh is shopping All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds.

However,

Jeff Wilson

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  1. kaydeim@gmail.com January 12, 2023

    Are we talking Tyler O’Neill types being the most likely?

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  2. Chev Chelios January 12, 2023

    Hope they don’t go with internal options…we’ve already seen what happened with those internal options last season.

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    1. deGrom Texas Ranger January 13, 2023

      What do you think about Odorizzi and Saggese/Ornelas for Kepler and cash? Maybe just make it Duran for Kepler and Duran the reliever? We basically get Kepler for free in this case if you think about it. We give up Duran and get Duran back.

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      1. Jeff Wilson January 14, 2023

        I think the Twins would want more for Duran than Kepler. A lot more.

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        1. deGrom Texas Ranger January 14, 2023

          Probably – but then maybe Duran and Roby or someone for Duran?

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    2. Jeff Wilson January 14, 2023

      A year older, a year better? The Rangers are starting to show some concern for the budget, so I think going internal is viable.

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  3. smithjoshuab@gmail.com January 13, 2023

    Curious as to why Duran wasn’t mentioned in the last paragraph. He’s a better option than Smith IMO.

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  4. FLOYD DEAN January 19, 2023

    Speed is going to be of great value this year. I’m hoping Thompson is given the first 30-40 games to win the leftfield job. Get on base percent of .350, and that would convert to a lot of runs. Not looking to make the playoffs this year. Can always trade at A/S break if necessary.

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    1. Jeff Wilson January 25, 2023

      I’m with you on this 100 percent. I’d take a .330 OBP and a little more pop.

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