The Rangers made a smart move holding onto Yovani Gallardo and pairing him with Cole Hamels
The Texas Rangers have found themselves in a very good position. With September on the horizon, the team is now in a better position in the standings than they have been all year. They sit a game and a half ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West and a very attainable four games behind the first place surprising Houston Astros who after such a strong start to the season seem to be losing steam.
The Rangers are in sole possession of the second AL Wild Card spot, a half game ahead of the Minnesota Twins. With the help of 2015 newcomers Yovani Gallardo and Cole Hamels, they’ve managed to, in the last two days, salvage a game in their series against the Toronto Blue Jays and get off to a good start in their series against one of their bigger rivals for the second Wild Card, the Baltimore Orioles.
There were rumors prior to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 that the Texas Rangers were hoping to trade Gallardo for a pack of prospects. Either the Rangers didn’t get the offer they wanted or they decided it would be smart to hang on to Gallardo despite the fact that they went after and surprisingly acquired an elite left-hander in Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Regardless of the reasoning, keeping Yovani Gallardo and teaming him up with Hamels was a good move by the Rangers.
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