The Texas Rangers are coming to the crossroads. At 47-40, they are in third place in the American League West, eight games behind the first-place Houston Astros. But they are only 1.5 games back from the second wild-card slot.
So do the Rangers make moves before the trade deadline to add pieces for a playoff push, or do they sell off pieces and reload for next year?
If they sell, their biggest chip they can play is Mike Minor. The 31-year-old southpaw is 8-4 with a 2.54 ERA, which is second-best in the American League, earning his first career appearance in the MLB All-Star Game. A pitching hungry contender like the Yankees would covet a cost-controlled pitcher like Minor, who’s under contract through 2020, making $9.8 million per season, according to Spotrac.