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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.

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.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick