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Is it time for the Texas Rangers to trade standout relievers Kirby Yates and Jose Ureña?

Is it time for the Texas Rangers to trade standout relievers Kirby Yates and Jose Ureña?

Is it time for the Texas Rangers to trade standout relievers Kirby Yates and Jose Ureña?

Are the Texas Rangers ready to give up a couple of their success stories this season?

Well, the reigning World Series champions don’t appear to be there yet, but a lot can change before the July 30 trade deadline. MLB.com mentions a pair of Rangers relievers as potential trade options if the Rangers don’t get back into the playoff race before the end of the month.

Texas closer Kirby Yates would likely get the largest sum in a deal, and MLB.com suggests the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies as possible destinations.

According to MLB.com:

“Yates’ one-year, $4.5 million deal is proving to be a tremendous one for the Rangers, as the left-hander has a 0.92 ERA and 11 saves through his first 29 appearances. Yates posted a 1.13 ERA in eight outings in June, striking out 13 batters in eight innings for a 14.6 K/9 rate. The 37-year-old made his postseason debut last October with the Braves, and if the Rangers can’t get back into the race in the coming weeks, Yates — who ranks in the top 3 percentile in xERA, xBA, strikeout rate, stride rate and barrel percentage — could find himself being traded to a contender in need of a bullpen before the end of the month.”

Jose Ureña has been another pleasant surprise during a disappointing first half. The league’s website named AL West rivals the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals as potential trade partners.

According to MLB.com:

“After stints with five teams since 2020, Ureña is having the best season of his career in his first year with the Rangers. The 32-year-old has a 2.83 ERA in 20 appearances (including six starts), serving as an important swingman for the Texas team. In five June outings (one start), Ureña has allowed one run on seven hits and three walks in 18 innings (0.50 ERA). With a $1.75 million contract, the impending free agent could be a stealth acquisition for a contender.”

The Rangers were not listed as potential buyers for any of the other 14 trade candidates, but if the champions right the ship, that could change, too.

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