MLB: Assessing the AL West GMs at the midway point

Jun 30, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley (23) celebrates with shortstop Carlos Correa (1) after scoring a run during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 30, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley (23) celebrates with shortstop Carlos Correa (1) after scoring a run during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Rangers infielder Charlie Culberson. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Rangers infielder Charlie Culberson. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

Texas Rangers, Chris Young, -4.2 games

Young, a former major league pitcher, assumed the position formerly held by Jon Daniels, who retains his role as team president, in October.

From a headline standpoint, his most visible move was the trade of damaged goods with Oakland. Young sent Elvis Andrus (-1.1), a costly shortstop in whom the Rangers no longer had interest, to Oakland for Khris Davis (-0.4), the A’s’ used-up slugger.

Since the Rangers had used Davis only sparingly before releasing him, whereas Andrus has been a consistent and oft-used millstone around the A’s’ necks, the performance advantage probably goes to Texas so far.

Inheriting a roster widely decried as non-competitive, Young has worked hard at the task of importing personnel in the hope that some of it would work out. He’s already acquired six new Rangers by trade, purchase, or waiver claim, signed 10 free agents, and utilized a half dozen more first-year players.

Among the more impactful of those arrivals:

  • Young signed several veteran free agents, among them outfielder David Dahl (-1.3), infielders Charley Culberson (+0.5) and Brock Holt (-0.7), and pitchers Mike Foltyniewicz (-0.1) and Ian Kennedy (+0.7). Net impact of those five signings of veterans: -0.9 games.
  • He traded veteran pitcher Lance Lynn (+2.3) to the White Sox for pitching prospect Dane Dunning (+0.4) and a minor leaguer. Net short-term impact on the Rangers: -1.9 games.