Looking at the Texas Rangers' Most Controversial Offseason Move

Jeffrey KahnCorrespondent IIDecember 19, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 06:  Craig Gentry #23 of the Texas Rangers celebrates his run in the dugout for a 5-3 lead over the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 6, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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If the Texas Rangers had signed Robinson Cano this offseason, that would have been the team's most controversial offseason move.

Would it have been the most controversial if the Rangers had signed second baseman Robinson Cano?
Would it have been the most controversial if the Rangers had signed second baseman Robinson Cano?Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

However, general manager Jon Daniels and the Rangers are yet to make a splash in the free-agent market. Free agent Shin-Soo Choo could sign with the club, and right fielder Nelson Cruz and the Rangers are far away in contract talks about re-signing, according to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram.

Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports (h/t Sports Day DFW), the Rangers have shifted focus from Choo to Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Most notably this offseason, the Rangers traded for first baseman Prince Fielder. Nearly a month ago on November 20, the trade was shocking to say the least. Elvis Andrus was one of those in shock as he told the Dallas Morning News in a late November interview.

When Adrian told me, it was kind of a shock. To think he won’t be there next to me playing second base, it was just shocking at first. I wished him the best and told him good luck, but it’s a business and we’ve all dealt with it. I’ve been traded [from Atlanta to the Rangers]. We’ve all had to deal with it.

But the most controversial move of this offseason wasn't the biggest trade. The question around the Kinsler-Fielder trade was "How?" Yet the smaller trade of the offseason was the most controversial. When the team traded Craig Gentry away, the question left for many fans was "Why?"

As the Craig Gentry parody Twitter (@CraigTheKitten) puts it so nicely in a tweet:

Many retweets and favorites later, the picture of Gentry in an AL West rival Athletics jersey is disgusting. How could the Rangers do that? Giving away a trusty veteran to an opponent they see more often than others could backfire.

Fans took to Twitter to voice their disgust in losing the heartthrob Gentry. @leftylety tweeted:

MLB on Twitter agreed that it was a brilliant trade for the Rangers, but an apparent Rangers fan seemed to be upset. Another fan tweeted:

But do they know who the Rangers are getting in return? It's Michael Choice; a younger, stronger version of Gentry. He's a former first-round draft pick with loads of talent. Surely Daniels isn't looking to miss out on playing for the World Series in 2014, as one fan voiced her concern via Twitter.

Trading away Gentry was a smart move by Daniels for the upcoming season. It clears room to bring in a new bat while still leaving the opportunity for younger players to compete for a spot in the lineup. It gives Leonys Martin free range of center and puts Choice in a great spot to contribute by the end of the season.

Choice is currently the third-rated prospect in the Rangers organization, according to MLB.com. At the end of the day Gentry, also known as Kitten Face, was not cut out to be an everyday starter for the Rangers.

And luckily in recent Rangers trade history, no swapping of players with an AL West opponent has backfired, see Justin Smoak trade.

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