Only Mike Minor knows how much the events, or non-events, leading to the July 31 trade deadline affected his pitching.
He suggested that night, after pitching for the Texas Rangers instead of some other MLB team, that he hadn’t been able to focus completely on solving his mechanical woes amid the constant trade chatter.
The results in his past two starts, though, suggest that, yeah, the trade deadline might have distracted him more than that.
“He’s human,” general manager Jon Daniels said.
But being in the rumor mill didn’t cause irreparable harm to the player-club relationship. Minor said on Friday, the day before his 25th start of the season, that he remains open to signing a multi-year contract extension with the Rangers.
The Rangers, apparently, are open to the idea, too.