Now that the dust has settled a little after the Jacoby Ellsbury signing, there was some news that came out of Texas earlier on Tuesday that is worth talking about. The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics agreed on a four-player trade that would send outfielder Michael Choice and infielder Chris Bostick to Texas in exchange for outfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom.
Is it big news? Probably not. Okay, most definitely not, but still something different to talk about.
Choice is a former first-round draft pick (10th overall in 2010) and Texas native that can hit to all parts of the field and can potentially hit for power too. The Rangers’ in essence traded away a quality defensive outfielder in Gentry in order to get better offense with Choice.
Good move? I feel it is. Choice is only 24-years old is in under team control for the next several seasons. Gentry, 30, is arbitration-eligible next season and can become a free agent in 2017. The Rangers were able to get younger with this trade and add some pop to the lineup that now features Prince Fielder.
Are the Rangers done making moves after this trade? It is really hard to tell since it is still early. As much as I think acquiring a player like Choice can possibly help the team this year (but more so in the future), I believe that after the New York Yankees‘ move on Tuesday, the Rangers could be back in the game for more proven talent. Texas was rumored to have interest in Carlos Beltran at one point this offseason, so now a deal for him could have some legs.
They could also package Choice along with Mitch Moreland and others to acquire David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays.
One thing is for sure: nobody really knows what is going to happen, and part of me believes that the brain trust of some of these teams don’t know for sure either. It is going to be an interesting couple of months.