At a time when many of the top starting pitchers thought to be available at the trade deadline may now remain, Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor is reportedly a near certainty to be moved by July 31.
According to SportsNet New York’s Andy Martino, the All-Star is highly likely to be traded within the next week.
Rival execs say Yankees haven’t been the strongest team on Stroman to date. Also, sounds like Mike Minor is highly likely to be traded. Overall the trade market is still slow— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 26, 2019
While the 31-year-old is older than high-profile arms like Madison Bumgarner and Marcus Stroman, Minor has posted outstanding numbers this season for the Rangers. Despite pitching in a tough environment, Minor owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and struck out 136 batters in 135 innings.
Minor’s contract could make him even more appealing to teams. He is owed less than half of the remaining $9.8 million salary for this season and will earn $9.8 million next season in the final year of his deal.
While he does carry a track record of durability issues, Minor’s breakout season and strong analytics behind his numbers could prove very attractive to teams like the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves.