By Illya Harrell on June 26, 2014
Jon Daniels is the worst General Manager in baseball. The Texas Rangers' GM signs elderly free agents to multi-million dollar contracts, and trades for injury-prone players who are already making loads of dough. If he were a player, he'd take all five spots on this list. But, unfortunately for Rangers fans, he is not. So let's take a look at five guys they would be wise to trade or just say, "take a hike, dude."
Starting pitcher Colby Lewis does not fall into the overpaid category. He's just plain awful. If the Rangers pitching staff weren't so riddled with injury, he'd be a Coca-Cola middle manager. Somehow he has managed a 5-5 record while allowing 101 hits in 69.2 innings of work. Other wretched numbers include his 5.94 ERA and a beefy 1.82 WHIP. In his 13 games started, he's managed to work six inning or more in just two of those outings.
Alex Rios falls into the regressing old guys that GM Jon Daniels traded for category. Rios is batting .312 with only three homers. At age 33, his power numbers have almost vanished. If he is worth his .5 million dollar contract, then they may as well see if Sammy Sosa wants to come out of retirement.
Cincinnati Reds fans must be breathing a sigh of relief after they were unable to retain the services of Shin-Soo Choo. Reds lead-off rookie sensation, Billy Hamilton is having a much better year than Choo, who in the offseason inked a deal with Texas and is set to earn 0 million over the next seven years. The first rule of any smart general manager should be to never deal with a player represented by agent Scott Boras.
Texas closer Joakim Soria is having a great season. Unfortunately, the Rangers (as of June 26) have lost seven straight, and are 12.5 game behind the AL West leading Oakland A's. If a team can't win games, it really makes no sense to have a top-tier closer. However, it is totally logical to trade him for prospects. A contending team would likely give a couple of mid-level prospect, thus allowing Texas to save a little cash.
Yu Darvish is an absolute stallion starting pitcher. As much as Rangers fans don't want to hear this; it's time to rebuild and for Texas to entertain offers for their 27-year-old phenom. General Manager, Jon Daniels should take nothing less than three very high-level prospects. It's unlikely a single team has three Darvish-worthy prospects. But if Daniels could somehow swing a multi-team deal, it would be beneficial in the long run.
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