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Rangers Odds of Keeping Mike Minor Set at -120, Braves Given +250 Odds to Acquire the Pitcher

Mike Minor walking to the mound with Ranger teammates and coaches.
Mike Minor (center) is the subject of trade rumors heading into the 2019 deadline as his Rangers team have fallen out of the AL playoff race. Photo by Keith Allison (Wikimedia Commons) [CC License].
  • Mike Minor is having a great season for the Rangers with an 8-6 record, 3.00 ERA, and 136 strikeouts
  • But Texas is 2-8 in its last 10 games and 5.5 games back of a Wild Card spot
  • The odds slightly favor the Rangers holding onto Minor at the 2019 trade deadline

With Major League Baseball’s trade deadline now less than 5 days away (July 31st), things will continue to heat up as teams like the Yankees, Braves, and Twins are out to bolster their lineups in hopes of doing damage in the playoffs.

Pitchers are the hottest commodity right now and the Rangers, having fallen out of the AL playoff race, are reportedly shopping Mike Minor.

What team will Mike Minor play for after the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline?

Team Odds on where Mike Minor will play after 2019 Trade Deadline
Texas Rangers -120
Atlanta Braves +250
New York Yankees +500
Minnesota Twins +550
Philadelphia Phillies +550

*Odds taken 07/26/19

Texas Rangers faltering in Wild Card Standings

The Rangers have flirted with the postseason in terms of a Wild-Card berth but have faltered a bit recently. They are 2-8 in their last 10 and now sit 5.5 games back of a playoff spot. Their recent sweep at the hands of AL West-leading Houston put an effective end to their postseason hopes.

The news that Joey Gallo is out for six weeks only solidifies the Rangers’ status as sellers at the deadline.

Mike Minor is the most-talked-about Ranger trade chip. He has enjoyed a great season with an 8-6 record and a 3.00 ERA with 136 strikeouts.

The lefty is under contract through 2020 at a reasonable $9.5 million. The extra year of team control is making the asking price for Minor relatively steep. He also has a ten-team no-trade list as part of his current deal.

Rumors have been circulating that Minor’s no-trade list includes the Yankees. Minor has also stated that he is annoyed about trade rumors and that he wondered if the deal he signed last year with Texas was done so that it would be easier to move him.

Minor could be a good fit with the Braves Organization

Minor began his career in Atlanta and spent five seasons with the Braves before moving on to Kansas City where he spent only one year.

The Braves are poised to take another step here by upgrading their pitching staff should they add Minor. They are first in the N.L East and are looking strong heading into the final two months of the season. They lead the Washington Nationals by 4.5 games and the Phillies by 5.5.

The Braves enter a stretch where they play the Phillies three times and the Nationals three in the next week. They could use Minor when they play the Nationals and The Phillies 7 times each in September.

The only hangup for the Braves is that Texas would likely expect some top prospects or juicy picks in an upcoming league draft. The Braves would likely be hesitant to mortgage their future on the current season.

The Best Bet

Given the fact that the Braves would have to give up a hefty prospect haul to get him, look for the Rangers to hold onto Minor after next week.

Bet Rangers -120

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