The Sunday Read: Q&A with Rangers general manager Chris Young
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ARLINGTON — Baseball officials for all 30 MLB teams have entered into their busiest time of the season.
The MLB Draft is three weeks away, the Aug. 1 trade deadline is three weeks after that, and in between, by July 25, teams must sign drafted players.
The Rangers have been scouting amateurs and potential trade candidates, and this week the amateur side will head to Arizona for the draft combine. Among the traveling party will be general manager Chris Young.
Considering that the first-place Rangers could part with premium prospects in trades, this is another big pick. Young wants to know what the Rangers might be getting.
“I find it very beneficial,” he said. “I love the meetings. I spend all day meeting with players, just kind of understanding who they are, what makes them tick, what their goals are and then also explaining a little bit about the organization and what we’re about.”
Right now, the Rangers are all about making the postseason. Two key additions Young helped lure late in 2021, Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, are leading the offense, and the pitching staff continues to do its job most nights even though Jacob deGrom is out until late next season.
Manager Bruce Bochy is keep things on course.
The Rangers hit a bumpy patch the past 10 days but entered Sunday leading the American League West by 4 1/2 games over the Astros and the Angels.
Young found a few minutes last week for Rangers Today.