Trade Partners

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As the GM meetings continue in Orlando, the groundwork for future trades is surely being laid between many teams looking to improve their present or future rosters. With the trade winds blowing in their

current directions, it seems everybody in baseball expects a team to come away from this offseason with a talented Rangers middle infielder.

The situation is a unique one; the Rangers have too many major-league impact-type middle infielders, but as contenders, would look to add an impact player at the major league level at another position of need. The major-league-player for major-league-player trade is far less common than the run-of-the-mill we’re-rebuilding-and-you-have-prospects trade, and can be much different – the immediate needs of both teams are important, in addition to the assets each are willing to give up.

Which teams might match up well with Texas?

NOTE: THESE ARE NOT TRADE PROPOSALS, BUT RATHER AN ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY TEAMS THAT MAY

FIT WITH THE RANGERS.

The Cardinals

What they’ve got that we want:

Oscar Taveras

Shelby Miller

Matt Adams

What we’ve got that they want:

Elvis Andrus

Jurickson Profar

Maybe I should give up on the Jurickson Profar-for-Oscar-Taveras thing, but it just makes too much sense; need-for-need, identical costs, and similar in age. Instead, the Cardinals seem more willing to deal Shelby Miller (15-9, 3.06 ERA in 31 starts), who is just 22 and coming off of a very impressive rookie season, presumably because they grow young, successful starters on trees in St. Louis. Matt Adams posted an impressive .284/.335/.503 at 1B in 2013, but only faced LHP during 52 of his 319 plate appearances, and may not appeal to Texas if they feel Mitch Moreland is already capable of posting those kind of numbers.

The Blue Jays

What they’ve got that we want:

Jose Bautista

Edwin Encarnacion

Colby Rasmus

Adam Lind

What we’ve got that they want:

Ian Kinsler

Jurickson Profar

In terms of major-league needs matching up, there might not be a better fit than the Cardinals, but the Blue Jays present an interesting possibility as well. While Philadelphia is reportedly working on a deal for Jose Bautista, the Blue Jays may be able to fill their needs at 2B by looking to Texas and inquiring on Kinsler. Bautista is no longer hitting 40+ bombs as he did back in 2010 and 2011, but the 33 year old slugger still manages to put up All-Star numbers. Bautista is under contract thru 2016 at $14 million per year. The Blue Jays would like to clear some room in the budget to address their needs, so they will likely be a willing partner in the market this Winter.

The Dodgers

What they’ve got that we want:

Matt Kemp

Andre Eithier

Yasiel Puig

What we’ve got that they want:

Ian Kinsler

Elvis Andrus

Jurickson Profar

Another weird MLB-player-for-MLB-player type scenario could begin to surface in the case of the L.A. Dodgers. The Dodgers have too many outfielders, the Rangers have too many infielders. Could the Dodgers eat enough of Either or Kemp’s salary to make a deal appealing to Texas? Kemp’s OPS of .723 in 2013 was the lowest of his career. He has 6 years and $128 million left on his contract. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers and Rangers have discussed a deal involving Andrus and Kemp, but those talks led nowhere.

The Rays

What they’ve got that we want:

David Price

What we’ve got that they want:

Jurickson Profar

I’m not saying I don’t want David Price, I’m just saying I’d rather have a bat. But that is David Price, and it’s not like we’d be mad about landing David Price. Price has two years remaining before he hits free agency.

The Tigers

What they’ve got that we want:

Max Scherzer

What we’ve got that they want:

Ian Kinsler

Jurickson Profar

Max Scherzer is due to become a free agent following the 2014 season and the Rangers are not currently pursuing starting pitching. He is represented by Scott Boras.

The Royals

What they’ve got that we want:

Billy Butler

Eric Hosmer

Alex Gordon

What we’ve got that they want:

Ian Kinsler

Jurickson Profar

Ned Yost was recently quoted as saying that second base is not a huge priority for his club, and for a team looking to add offense, it would be difficult to see them part with offense in order to acquire any. The team is also looking to shed payroll, making the addition of Ian Kinsler a tricky proposition. In summary: Ian Kinsler and Jurickson Profar will never be Royals (Royals), it don’t run in their blood, that kind of trade just isn’t for us, we crave a different kind of buzz.

Robert Pike is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning. He can be reached at Robert.Pike@ShutDowninning.com or on Twitter @Bob_Pike.
Dustin Dietz
Dustin graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Radio/TV/Film, and a minor in history. He will often write about pitching mechanics and analytical baseball stuff. You will more than likely disagree with the majority of what he writes or says. In his spare time, Dustin time travels and plays at a replacement level in slow pitch softball leagues.

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