By Spencer Impellizzeri @Spence_I on April 23, 2014
The Texas Rangers made some big moves this offseason, headlined by the trade of Ian Kinsler to Detroit for Prince Fielder. That was the blockbuster trade of the offseason, but the Rangers might not be done yet. The team has a number of talented prospects in their farm system and this could make some veterans expendable. Here's a look at five players who could be a part of trade talks in the near future.
Kevin Kouzmanoff was promoted from triple-A after just four games this season and has taken the promotion in stride, hitting .370 with two home runs and 10 RBIs through 12 games. Kouzmanoff has already won an AL Player of the Week award this season and could be a big trade chip. With Adrian Beltre on the roster and Joey Gallo looming in the minors, the Rangers are set at third base for a long time and they could look to deal Kouzmanoff.
After some recent struggles, Neftali Feliz was demoted to Triple A this spring. Feliz was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2010, but he has struggled since making the shift to the starting rotation. The Rangers could ultimately end up dealing Feliz if he doesn't show improvement. They did something similar with Jarrod Saltalamacchia back in 2010, dealing him after he struggled and was demoted to the minors.
Mitch Moreland's name has appeared in trade talks before. The Rangers' DH and backup first baseman could be forced out by the development of prospects. Michael Choice and Jim Adduci are two young players who are in reserve roles, but are pushing for more at-bats. When Aducci returns from the DL, the Rangers could look to deal Moreland to give the two players more chances.
Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Joe Saunders and Tanner Scheppers are all on the DL right now, and when they return, the Rangers will have a logjam in the starting rotation. Yu Darvish, Martin Perez and Robbie Ross will likely stay in the rotation after strong starts. With two spots open and Scheppers set to return to the bullpen, the Rangers could look to deal one of the other three players on the DL or current starter Colby Lewis.
The maturation of prospects could cause the Rangers to seriously consider trading Elvis Andrus. Jurickson Profar is currently on the DL, but when he returns, he will be one of the teams middle infielders. The Rangers already have called up shortstop Luis Sardinas, and with second baseman Rougned Odor a possibility to follow, Andrus could be expendable. Profar could return in early June, and when he does, Andrus' name could appear in trade talks.
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