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Rangers Re-Visiting Old Trade Partner In Search of Left Fielder



    Rangers Re-Visiting Old Trade Partner In Search of Left Fielder
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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Travis d'Arnaud #15 of the New York Mets tags out Justin Upton #8 of the Atlanta Braves at home in the eighth inning on April 18, 2014 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Once upon a time the Braves gave up the farm to the Rangers. And now that they’re giving up again, Texas is a willing beneficiary.

    Atlanta, which in 2007 gave the Rangers Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz for free-agent-to-be Mark Teixeira, is rebuilding its team with an eye on Opening Day 2017 when it moves into a new ballpark. Until then, fire sale.

    According to ESPN, the Rangers are interested in the dealings, particularly Justin Upton. We lamented last week that the Rangers didn’t have a left fielder worth penciling into the lineup, and Upton would at least be an upgrade to the position.

    General manager Jon Daniels has long been a fan of Upton, who last season hit .270 with 29 homers and 102 RBI in a career-high 154 games. It certainly wouldn't be the heist of seven years ago, but taking Upton off the Braves' hands would be a step in the right direction for the re-tooling Rangers.


    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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