MLB Trade Rumors: Texas Rangers eyeing several bats

July 25, 2013 – 3:10 am by Ryan Phillips

Hunter Pence

The Texas Rangers landed Matt Garza earlier this week from the Chicago Cubs, but the team appears to be far from done adding to its current roster. With outfielder Nelson Cruz potentially facing a suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal, the Rangers are looking to add at least one bat and possibly more.

The player who has been most closely connected to the Rangers is Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, who is also being pursued by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox. The White Sox and Rangers are reportedly actively talking about a trade and something could be finished soon.

But the Rangers are also interested in San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, New York Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd and Seattle Mariners first baseman Kendrys Morales.

The Rangers currently sit three games behind the Oakland A’s for first place in the American League West. They have a 56-45 record and are a half-game out of the final wild card spot in the American League as well. After the addition of Garza, the Rangers might be done adding pitchers, but they could certainly use more offense.

Texas ranks 13th in baseball in runs scored, 10th in batting average (.260), 11th in on-base percentage (.321) and eighth in slugging percentage (.416).

The problem with those numbers is that Cruz has arguably been the best offensive player on the team. He currently leads the Rangers with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs. If things in the Biogenesis investigation continue as they are expected, Cruz could be suspended for a long time very soon.

Even if Cruz somehow avoids suspension, the Rangers probably need to add a bat anyway, since current starting left fielder David Murphy is hitting just .226. Murphy also has a woeful OPS of .665 and a WAR of minus-0.7. So Pence, Rios or Byrd would be a big-time upgrade in the outfield.

Expect the Rangers to make at least one move to add offense in the next week.

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  1. One Response to “MLB Trade Rumors: Texas Rangers eyeing several bats”

  2. “the Rangers probably need to add a bat anyway, since current starting left fielder David Murphy is hitting just .226. Murphy also has a woeful OPS of .665 and a WAR of minus-0.7….”

    With the foregoing in mind I have a very simple question for you:

    Why the F**K does their fat-headed coach keep penciling his name into the lineup every night–especially when it’s quite clear that Jurickson Profar needs (and would definitely profit from) consistent reps at the plate and in the field??

    And of course their rear-kissing play-by-play team of Steve Busby and Tom Grieve NEVER even hint at the logic of sitting that over-rated cipher Dave Murphy down in favor of a player who has far more overall skill and upside–not to mention youth–in Profar.

    Yeah, let’s see if Jon Daniels can redeem himself in some small way for his disastrous dismissal of All-Star reliever Tommy Hunter and ALL-WORLD first baseman Chris Davis for just $2 Million dollars, since fellow All-Star reliever Koji Uehara is no longer on their roster either.

    Disgusted,

    Clifford
    Santa Monica

    By sportsbaron1 on Jul 26, 2013

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