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Texas Rangers say farewell to Delino DeShields in Kluber trade

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Texas Rangers say farewell to Delino DeShields in Kluber trade

It was a busy Sunday morning for the Texas Rangers. They completed an unlikely trade with the Cleveland Indians where Texas landed long-time ace Corey Kluber in exchange for reliever Emmanuel Clase and outfielder Delino DeShields. The deal ends DeShields five-year tenure with the Texas Rangers that included 539 games and just fewer than 2000 plate appearances. The Rangers were the only team he’d play for in the big leagues since he made it to the show in 2015. Last Wednesday, December 11th, was the fifth anniversary that the Rangers drafted Delino DeShields Jr. from the Rule 5 Draft. Texas got him from the Houston Astros, who drafted Delino in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft.

Delino DeShields quickly became a fan favorite on and off the field. His speed became a sensation in the Rangers organization, including twenty or more stolen bases in four of his five years. Delino is known for a couple of home run robbing catches: one in 2018 at home against San Diego and the other last year in Anaheim. He always came to the ballpark with a smile on his face, despite not always feeling the best. He also arrived in the craziest of outfits, whether it was a bunny costume during Easter or an American flag-style blazer on the Fourth of July. You may even recall him taking a little youngster (dressed like a mini-Delino DeShields) to the Rangers dugout celebrating an exciting win on April 14th against the Oakland Athletics. The fans loved him, and his teammates respected his character and game day in and day out.

For DeShields his residence in northern Ohio means that he’ll see his father, Delino DeShields Sr, more since his dad is a first base coach for the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds and Indians meet four times in 2020 and meet between four to six times every season for the “Ohio Cup.” Also, Delino’s sister, Diamond DeShields, plays for the Chicago Sky in the WNBA, so the two siblings will be reunited more often with both in the Midwest.

While Delino won’t get the opportunity to break in Globe Life Field on March 23rd against St. Louis, he’ll hopefully still get a chance to get three games of work in. The Indians travel to Globe Life Field from June 12-14, and Rangers fans may again see DeShields during Spring Training as Cleveland’s facility resides in Goodyear, Arizona. A few Rangers players posted their goodbyes to Delino on Instagram and Twitter on Sunday.

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Havent posted in awhile, been spending some quality time with the family while adding my two cents in helping to put together a championship caliber team full of talented, highly competitive, top quality character, intelligent players!! Early in the offseason we added a couple quality arms and just today we acquired one of the best pitchers in the game. Still have some work to do but a starting rotation of Lynn, Minor, Gibson, Lyles, and now Kluber will be one of the best in baseball! Jon Daniels and company have done an amazing job working day and night to get some of these deals done! While excited to get Kluber, it meant we had to part ways with two quality players in Emmanuel Clase and Delino Deshields. Want to thank both guys for what they have done for the organization, they both represented the ball club with class and integrity. I wish both of them the best of luck with their new team! Delino has a heart of gold with a ton of talent and I will miss our conversations!! Clase was just scratching the surface of what he is capable of, I wont love watching him throw 100 mile per hour cutters to our hitters.

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For the Texas Rangers, center field right now goes to Danny Santana. However, other options that loom include Scott Heineman, Nick Solak, or Joey Gallo. The Rangers could still shop around for a center fielder, but other positions are in more desperate need (third base and catcher). It’s unclear if the Rangers finished splashing the free agent/trade market, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rangers, like us, are beginning their Christmas shopping right now. Good luck in Cleveland Delino DeShields.

 

Credentialed Media Staff Writer covering the Texas Rangers for Dallas Sports Fanatic | 2014 University of North Texas graduate with a Bachelor's in Radio, Television, and Film. My baseball memory bank is dominated by the Texas Rangers with the other 29 franchises sprinkled in. In addition, I enjoy NFL Sunday afternoons and only the first NCAA tournament weekend.

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