Trade Proposal #2
The Rangers have a pretty loaded team, and have already added LHP Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the Royals. They are sure to be active at this year's deadline.
Their starting rotation has been surprisingly good, but given how aggressive they've been the past couple offseasons, I would expect them to keep adding pieces. You can never have too many arms.
Both Martin Perez and Andrew Heaney are lefty starters with ERAs in the mid to high 4s and FIPs over 5. They could stand to upgrade one of those spots and maybe move one of those two to the bullpen. Time to give GM Chris Young a call.
Rangers get: SP Eduardo Rodriguez
Tigers get: INF Justin Foscue (No. 6 Rangers prospect), SS Sebastian Walcott (No. 14)
This might be my favorite proposal of this article. The Tigers get two prospects that address two different needs: someone that can help the team sooner rather than later, and someone that could add some talent to the lower minors.
Foscue is in a bit of a logjam in the infield. The Rangers have the likes of Seager, Semien, Jung, Duran, and Lowe as part of their infield. There isn't a ton of room for him. He's somebody they can afford to move.
He's had a great year in Triple-A. He's got an OPS of almost .900 and has walked more than he's struck out. The 24-year-old could probably come up and help the Tigers right now if they were to acquire him.
Walcott is a really exciting prospect. At just 17 years old, he's already done some amazing things in rookie ball. He was signed out of the Bahamas for over $3 million this past offseason.
He has a 1.051 OPS in 19 games. He's very projectable. The Rangers appear to be in win-now mode, so they could be willing to move on from someone who won't reach the big leagues for a few years.
This would be an A+ return for Scott Harris if he would able to pull this off.