By now everyone is well aware of the changes that the Texas Rangers have made to the pitching staff in lieu of injuries to Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland and now Alexi Ogando. Neftali’s injury forced Scott Feldman into the starting rotation and saw Yoshinori Tateyama called up. Derek Holland’s injury put Ogando into the rotation and saw Tanner Scheppers get called up and make his big league debut. And now Ogando appears headed to the disabled list which means Michael Kirkman will likely be called up with Robbie Ross taking Ogando’s (actually Holland’s) spot in the rotation.
Nobody deserves to be sent down so the one thing that makes sense to me is to trade Scott Feldman for a right-handed outfielder. I would even package Feldman, Brandon Snyder and a low level prospect (plus cash to help ease the sting of Feldman’s salary) if it meant that we could get a legitimate bat who could platoon with David Murphy in left field. I can’t tell you how many times I have been defeated seeing Brandon Snyder at the plate this season. Sure, he has three home runs but he also has a 5:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
And to get back to pitching, I still have noticed several people discussing Texas trading for another starter. Why? Let’s say we trade for Matt Garza. Whose spot does he take in the rotation? What key part of the bullpen do we send down? Right now it makes absolutely no sense unless something else happens where we lose one of our starters for a significant amount of time. But for now it would just create an even bigger log jam. The only scenario I could imagine would involve trading Feldman and another reliever for Garza and moving Holland back into the bullpen but it still doesn’t make sense and I’m not too sure how Holland would respond to the move.
Yes, the Rangers are about to face several dilemmas regarding their pitching. It’s something I never thought I’d see. And I plan to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.