MLB Trade Rumors: 2 Rangers On The Trade Block?

As the 2024 MLB trade deadline approaches, two Texas Rangers pitchers, Kirby Yates and Max Scherzer, have captured significant attention by making it onto Bleacher Report's top-30 trade candidates list, curated by Kerry Miller.

Yates, who occupies the 18th spot, is having a standout season reminiscent of his peak in 2019.

Despite being 37, he boasts a phenomenal 0.89 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, with 25 strikeouts across 20.1 innings and 20 appearances. He's also converted eight saves, indicating a strong comeback and making him a valuable asset for teams aiming to strengthen their bullpen for a playoff run.

Max Scherzer, ranked 7th, presents a more speculative yet intriguing prospect.

Despite not having pitched this season due to health issues, his reputation and track record keep him in the limelight. Scherzer's contract includes a substantial $22.5 million for the year 2024, with an additional $30.8 million retained by the Mets, underscoring his potential impact if he returns to form.

Last season, the 39-year-old recorded a 3.20 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, with 53 strikeouts over 45 innings and eight starts after being acquired by the Rangers.

His history of being a crucial trade piece at previous deadlines enhances his profile as a game-changer for contending teams, should he recover in time to pitch this season.

The team, currently below .500, must decide whether to capitalize on their veteran pitchers' high market values or attempt a push for the playoffs.

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