Trade Deadline Preview: Texas Rangers

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Jun 21, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) congratulates Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) after Choo hit a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a trying season for the Texas Rangers. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Injuries have quickly taken their toll and turned a promising season into a challenging one.

Martin Perez, Matt Harrison, Pedro Figueroa, Jurickson Profar, Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland. All lost for the season.

At least eight other players currently sit on the disabled list. The Rangers have lost more total games to injury than nearly any team in MLB history and we’re only halfway through the season.

With July upon us the Rangers sit in fourth place in the NL West, just a game ahead of the surging Houston Astros. The Rangers, a favorite to win the division entering the season, could be in real danger of finishing in last place without a drastic turnaround.

All has not been poor in the Texas heat though. Adrian Beltre is having yet another superb season. Alex Rios has been solid in right field. Rougned Odor has stepped into the lineup and is swinging the bat well. Yu Darvish continues to rank among the top starters in all of baseball. Joakim Soria appears to be back in his old form at the back of the bullpen.

Despite all of that, the Rangers figure to be sellers at the coming deadline barring a strong few weeks – and perhaps a few unexpected occurrences. 

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  • Phil Merkel

    Time for Elvis and his exhorbitant future contract to go. Any of the younger SS on the roster can play and hit as well as Elvis has these past two years, so the Rangers would be $$$ ahead by trading him now. I think it would be a huge error to trade Rios. A. Beltre, on the other hand, might be an important piece to trade for value in return. I would hate it if they traded him, but it might be the right “baseball” move.

    • Aaron Somers

      Interesting to hear a Beltre trade being the “right baseball move”. He’d certainly bring back a solid haul, but is there enough confidence in Kevin Kouzmanoff filling in for him at third base when he returns from injury? Joey Gallo won’t be ready to step in until this time a year from now at the absolute earliest.