A Change In Philosophy
Texas still has young pitching talent. Luke Jackson, Wilmer Font, Ben Rowen and hopefully Cody Buckel, with a resurgence, can step in any role the Major League club may need in 2014 or beyond. Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers, Nick Tepesch and others have been able to step in when called upon and Texas may very well need more from Round Rock or Frisco in the coming season.
Holding on to young pitchers or trading them away for a proven player is a fine line indeed. The Cliff Lee trade was exactly what the 2010 Rangers needed, while the experiments of Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster were not what was expected, in terms or production. Trades and prospects, alike, are gambles. I think we’ll see Jon Daniels and staff gamble on propects in the coming years versus trading them away for veteran pitchers at the deadline. That is, unless a proven, top of the rotation pitcher becomes available, like a David Price.
Price’s name has been bantied about over the winter. Obviously Price would been a huge upgrade to anyone’s pitching staff and I doubt any team would turn him down in a trade, if the asking price was right. However with Tampa acquiring Grant Balfour and with their young, very talented staff, a David Price trade seems unlikely this season.
There are other trade chips for Texas, with Rougned Odor or Luis Sardinas, to name a couple. We may very well see one or both of those players dealt this year, but I wouldn’t put my money on JD trading away pitching. This change in philosophy may be just what is needed to keep the Texas Ranger train rolling.