Texas Rangers ace Kyle Gibson is at the center of MLB trade rumors with July 30 approaching as the top starting pitcher available at the deadline. With the Rangers in rebuild mode, the All-Star hurler will likely be on the move.
It’s the perfect time for Texas to trade its top pitcher. Gibson is enjoying a phenomenal season, playing far beyond the wildest expectations anyone had for him. At a time when no elite pitcher is a trade candidate, contenders will be more desperate for Gibson.
Let’s examine the three best landing spots for a trade and what a package might look like.
Toronto Blue Jays acquire Kyle Gibson
The Toronto Blue Jays would miss the MLB Playoffs if the postseason started today. Responsibility for that doesn’t fall on the Blue Jays lineup, which owns the second-highest batting average (.264) and best OPS (.783) in MLB. Pitching is responsible for where this team resides in the standings and Gibson can help fix that.
Toronto Blue Jays trade: Orelvis Martinez (TOR’s No. 6 prospect), RHP Eric Pardinho (TOR’s No. 13 prospect) and C Riley Adams (TOR’s No. 17 prospect)
Texas Rangers trade: Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles
Orelvis Martinez is one of the top infield prospects in MLB, but he plays a position the Blue Jays are incredibly deep at long-term. Parting ways with him means acquiring a No. 2 starter in Gibson and a back-end arm with Lyles. Both will provide stability for this rotation, likely helping push Toronto toward an AL Wild Card Game.