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Trade Deadline Target: Marlon Byrd

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Trade Deadline Target: Marlon Byrd

AP

The Texas Rangers have been serious players at the MLB trade deadline since Jon Daniels became the club's general manager, and this year will be no different. Let's take a look at a possible Rangers target for the July 31 deadline.

Target: Marlon Byrd, OF, New York Mets

Depending on who you ask, the opinion of the baseball world is that the Texas Rangers mostly need either a starting pitcher to bolster their ailing rotation or a power bat from the right-hand side to give them some more pop to the lineup and provide insurance in the event that Nelson Cruz is suspended for his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

There have been several names of right-handed hitters thrown around, but this one is by far the most appealing in terms of cost to acquire and salary the Rangers would be responsible for this season.

Byrd, 35, is on the verge to having a career season as he's on pace to top his 2009 numbers he put up as a member of the Rangers when he hit 20 homers with 89 RBIs and a .283 batting average as a Rangers outfielder.

After a rough 2012 split between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, Byrd is rejuvenating his career in 2013 with the Mets, hitting 15 home runs with 51 RBIs at the all-star break and has been on a tear as of late in the power department.

There's been reports the Rangers have discussed a possible three-team trade between the Rangers, Mets and Cubs to acquire Cubs pitcher Matt Garza and Byrd with prospect Mike Olt being the main chip from the Rangers, presumably going to Chicago.

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