The 2010s was the most successful decade in the history of the Texas Rangers franchise. A club record 96 wins in 2011 was one of five 90-win campaigns in the decade, which featured two American League pennants, four division titles, and five postseason berths.
The team found its success thanks to some savvy moves by the front office but also fell into the abyss of three consecutive losing seasons due to some regrettable ones.
Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the Texas Rangers have made since 2010.
The Cole Hamels trade return had to be extensive for the Phillies to trade their ace at the time, who had thrown a no-hitter in his last start with Philadelphia. The Rangers were willing to pay the hefty price to get an in-his-prime starter with three years of club control, instantly inserting him into a contending rotation.
But that substantial price turned out to be a bunch of okay-at-best role players. Let’s see how the five players Philly got for their 2008 World Series hero have fared since this 2015…