This is arguably the most difficult month for baseball executives. It’s a time when their decisions can affect not only the outcome of this season, but the organization’s future as well.
In spring training, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels spoke about the difficulties during the trade deadline. It’s never easy to part ways with prospects, but it’s often done in hopes of winning a World Series title.
Some deals, such as acquiring Cliff Lee in 2010 for prospects who haven’t blossomed as expected, have been worth it. Others, such as trading Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for reliever Koji Uehara, haven’t.
It surely wasn’t a given to Daniels and his group to put together the package they did to land Matt Garza last season, particularly a package including right-hander C.J. Edwards. It was already quite a story that Edwards went from a 48th-round draft pick in 2011 to a legitimate pitching prospect. But it would’ve been a genuine fairy tale if he had reached the big leagues with the Rangers.
That’s the nature of the business, however.
Daniels and his group have built a farm system deep in talent that allows the Rangers to be players every year at the trade deadline. The Rangers had the top-ranked system in 2009 and the second best in 2010, according to Baseball America. It shouldn’t be too surprising that those high marks came just before the Rangers’ World Series runs in 2010 and 2011.
Prospects are the lifeblood of an organization, although nothing is a sure bet. We look back to the Rangers’ top 10 prospects going into 2010, according to Baseball America, as well as a few notable trades that included prospects.
1. RHP Neftali Feliz
2. 1B Justin Smoak
3. LHP Martin Perez
4. RHP Tanner Scheppers
5. SS Jurickson Profar
6. LHP Kasey Kiker
7. LHP Robbie Ross
8. 1B Mitch Moreland
9. RHP Danny Gutierrez
10. RHP Wilmer Font