The Rangers announced that Kyle Gibson has been activated off the 10-day injured list, and the right-hander will start tonight’s game against the Rays. The corresponding roster move happened yesterday, when left-hander Wes Benjamin was optioned to Triple-A. Gibson’s IL placement (due to a right groin strain) took place on May 25 and was backdated to May 22, so he’ll end up missing only slightly beyond the 10-day minimum.
The Rangers will surely welcome the quick return of a pitcher who has somewhat unexpectedly become the ace of their rotation. After a lackluster 2020 season, Gibson has posted a 2.24 ERA over 60 1/3 innings this season, aided by a 52.7% grounder rate and perhaps some batted-ball luck in the form of a .234 BABIP. Gibson’s SIERA is two runs higher at a still-respectable 4.24.
Should Gibson maintain this performance, he’ll draw a lot of attention at the trade deadline. MLBTR’s Steve Adams ranked Gibson eighth on the most recent listing of the top 40 trade deadline candidates, noting that Gibson’s contract (he is owed roughly $5.88MM for the rest of this season and owed $7MM in 2022) makes him a pretty inexpensive pickup for most contenders.
Gibson for Orelvis Martinez? Who says no
Lmao, the Rangers say no.
You sure about that? I don’t think they’d be turning down a top 100 prospect for Kyle Gibson, no matter the season he’s having.
You mean a team headed towards a top-5 draft pick in 2022 would possibly entertain dealing a guy with a 4.57 ERA prior to this year for a top-100 prospect?
Martinez is a consensus bordlerline top 100 prospect, and ranked in the top 100 by Baseball America and FanGraphs. Kyle Gibson has had an ERA above 5 in 4 of his last 8 season.
Reason being is that if we’d trade Gibson it would most definitely be for a pitcher. Martinez just doesn’t fit the team well enough when there will be other packages where we can actually get a decent starter in the system along with other in the package. Thinking of Kyle Muller from the Braves.
Tldr; The value of Martinez for Gibson is about right, but I’m just not sure that’s who Texas would target in a Gibson return. Either pitching or OF help (which they need less than pitching).
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I think they would want any talent they could get. Martinez and a lottery ticket would be more than fair.
If you’re offered a borderline top 100 prospect for a 4/5 starter, it doesn’t matter what position he plays.