The Texas Rangers are certainly in no position to be buyers come the July 31 trade deadline, but what if they are, anyway?
Just two days ago, the Texas Rangers began their apparent selling of assets when they dealt relief pitcher Jason Frasor to Kansas City for a Triple-A all-star closer. Now, according to several national reports, the Rangers are in serious discussions with the Detroit Tigers about dealing the AL Central-leading Tigers their all-star caliber closer Joakim Soria.
It's almost a certainty the Rangers will trade fellow reliever Neal Cotts before the July 31 trade deadline, and it's a pretty safe bet to assume they'll be heavily shopping Alex Rios, as well.
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But what if the Rangers want to get in on the buying, as well?
With 2014 being a lost season long ago and the team — in an ideal world — being set up to contend for a pennant again in 2015 when their vast array of injuries are mostly healed, the Rangers could possibly make some proactive moves for some big-league ready guys even if they won't need them until next season.
What if the Rangers decide to go after Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price? The Rangers have been linked to Price several times over the years, have an incredible surplus of middle infield talent, and will be looking to upgrade their starting rotation for 2015. The Rays are reportedly in talks with Seattle about a Price deal, and even though Price is a free agent following 2015, that doesn't mean the Rangers (or another team) couldn't work out an extension as part of a deal.
There are some other big names out there with the possibility of being traded, even if they are more like a pipe dream, just like Price. There's Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, another guy the Rangers have been linked to previously. With Rios gone, he would slide right into the right field spot.
Listen, we know the chances of this happening are not great. But it's not something to completely rule out, either. Jon Daniels is an innovative general manager and always looking to be proactive. It's not out of the realm of possibility, so don't rule it out.