2. The Rangers will be in desperation mode and could trade for Reds RHP Tyler Mahle.
The Los Angeles Dodgers may be lurking, but to call the 2020 World Champions desperate would be like calling Bob Castellini a big spender. If LA's wants Mahle, they have the prospect capital to make a deal. The Texas Rangers, however, could find themselves in dire straits as they look o solidify the rotation and make a push for the playoffs.
Texas isn't out of it just yet. The Rangers are not in a good position to be sure, but after adding Corey Seager and Marcus Semien in the offseason, Texas cannot afford to just give up on the 2022 season with two months still remaining.
They're currently eight games back for the final Wild Card spot and trail teams like Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox. According to Baseball Reference, the Rangers have less than a 2% chance to make the playoffs, but Reds fans know all too well how quickly a team can make a last minute surge. Just look at what the St. Louis Cardinals did in 2021.
Furthermore, the idea of trading for Tyler Mahle could help the Texas Rangers make a late-season charge in 2022 and it helps bolster their starting rotation for next season. One of Mahle's biggest selling points is that he's under team control through the 2023 campaign. Don't be shocked if the Rangers enter the Tyler Mahle sweepstakes.