The Oakland A’s are expected to trade anything that is not nailed down, or making as close to the major league minimum, once the lockout comes to an end. While most of their players are set to receive a great deal of attention, most of the focus in regards to trade rumors has involved Matt Olson.
It is also understandable that plenty of teams would be interested in Olson’s availability. Seemingly every other day, another team is entering the sweepstakes to acquire his services. The Texas Rangers can now be added to that list.
Texas Rangers looking to acquire Matt Olson
According to reports, the Rangers have already begun exploring a deal for Olson prior to the lockout. Those talks are expected to continue whenever the lockout comes to an end as they look to continue upgrading their roster.
As it is, the Rangers have made several moves to upgrade their roster as they look to begin competing. The middle infield has been completely revamped with Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. Jon Gray has been added to the rotation, and while he is not an ace, he is a distinct upgrade.
However, even with those additions, the Rangers still have plenty more work to do. First base is an area where they could upgrade; while Nathaniel Lowe was solid, the Rangers may not be convinced that he is the type of bat they need in the lineup.
Olson would also send a message to the franchise and fanbase. It is clear that they are looking to contend soon and Olson would take them another step closer to that goal. They would then have two years to attempt to figure out an extension and keep him around as part of their core.
The Texas Rangers are reportedly looking to acquire Matt Olson. If they are successful, he would be another step towards competing.