The Texas Rangers have stated their interest on Philadelphia Phillies’ Vince Velasquez. However, rumors are swirling that the Rangers are having second thoughts on whether to make a trade offer for Velasquez as he comes with a high price.
The 24-year-old right pitcher out of Montclair, California comes with a $516,000 price tag that makes him too costly to take in by the Rangers. Since the Rangers are looking to invest for a long-term pitcher though, Velasquez’s asking price might just be reasonable enough for them to take him in. Velasquez has an ERA of 3.73 with 161 strikeouts and with a 9-3 win-loss record.
However, looking at Velasquez’s stats, there is no question that he is the one the Rangers would want to start things for them in the mount. For the trade talks to take place, the Rangers are considering including their third baseman Joey Gallo and infielder Jurickson Profar. The Rangers are hoping that the Phillies would sit down and discuss the trade.
Velasquez was included in a package trade deal from the Houston Astros to the Phillies last year. The Rangers are looking to rebuild their roster and adding Velasquez would stabilize their pitching rotation as an ace pitcher could deliver the goods for them. Sporting a 58-42 in the West Division of the American League and with the addition of Velasquez, the Rangers would want to continue their run for a World Series shot.
Injuries have halted the Rangers’ surge in the Western Division and surely they would want to make a comeback and improve their standing. The Rangers have until Aug. 1 to submitted their trade offer and though Velasquez may come with a hefty price, a shot at the World Series might interest them more rather than thinking of how much they will cost to sign him.
Aside from Velasquez, the Rangers are also looking at Edison Volquez. But if the Rangers are looking to get back on the winning trail, Velasquez would be the right choice to make.
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