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Rangers open trade deadline seal by sending Mike Minor to the A’s

After the San Diego Padres slew together a string of trades, two AL West partners made a deal early Monday afternoon. According to Jeff Passan and confirmed by other sources, the Rangers sent a left-handed starter to the Oakland Athletics for two players to be named later.

I want to make one thing clear to you, fine folks. When a deal includes a “player to be named later,” it doesn’t automatically diminish the return quality. In 2020, the term means that the players were not on the sixty-man player pool each team was required to have in this odd 2020 season. The real value of the trade, from the Rangers, will be revealed later on. Nevertheless, Minor’s contract expires at the end of the season. Therefore, I didn’t expect much of a return for Minor anyway. There’s a small possibility the Rangers may get a little extra for Minor’s shutout outing Friday against the Dodgers. Still, it was inevitable the Rangers dealing Mike Minor was going to happen.

**Update** The Athletic’s Levi Weaver shared the following around 12:45 on Monday afternoon.

Smith is a 5’11, 190 bound outfielder who is about to turn 20 on September 11th next month. Levi also reported that both players are in the top twenty of Oakland’s prospects, according to Keith Law’s rankings from earlier this year.

The Minor deal is a trigger that needed to happen for Texas. Whispers of several teams show interest in Lance Lynn, including the Twins, White Sox, Yankees, Braves, etc. Other players include Joey Gallo, Joely Rodriguez, Rafael Montero, Shin-Soo Choo, and Todd Frazier. The club also is looking to do a contract exchange with Rougned Odor. Buckle up Jon Daniels, it’s going to be a wild ride.

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