What to know about the Texas Rangers’ latest trade package
By KEVIN BROWNMAN/SAN ANTONIO – AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Rangers traded their top prospects for three of their best players at the deadline, but a deal that could have made the biggest impact of all was shelved on the heels of a trade that sent outfielder Jose Guillen and right-hander Matt Moore to the Atlanta Braves.
The Rangers announced the deal on Thursday, which sent Moore to Atlanta for pitcher Kyle Waldrop and outfielder Nick Vincent, outfielder Kyle Lohse and a 2017 third-round pick.
The moves left a gaping hole in the Rangers lineup and brought a player on the decline in Lohser and lefty prospect Daniel Hudson.
The deal is a sign of optimism about the Rangers rotation, as they have been struggling with starting pitchers for the past month.
Lohsohn has allowed 13 earned runs in 10 starts and is hitting .186.
He has allowed 12 home runs and 22 walks.
Moore has allowed three home runs in 14 starts and has allowed five home runs.
The trade could be a sign that Lohs pitching staff is starting to recover from the injury that ended his season, which included Tommy John surgery.
Lohan had been batting .304 with a .955 OPS and 16 home runs with 10 steals in 78 games.
The 28-year-old left-hander has been shut down since March 23 after suffering the injury while batting .231 in 38 games.
Moore has a .303 average with 12 home, 25 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
He’s also a career .283 hitter with 23 home runs, a .632 slugging percentage and a .905 OPS.
He played in seven games with Atlanta before being shipped to the Rangers.
The Braves are one of the worst teams in baseball, and they’re coming off a four-game sweep of the Texas Stars, which dropped to 2-2.
They’ve lost three straight and are 1-8 in the series.