The Rangers are willing to move reliever Joakim Soria but there are looking for a big return. Right now the Rangers are asking for 2-3 prospects for their closer, who has 16 saves and a 2.76 ERA. The Rangers also have a club option on him for next season.
The Rangers called up reliever Matt West on Thursday as the possibility looms they could trade veteran relievers Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor this month. There appears to be some interest in both even though Frasor has struggled lately. Both are free agents at the end of the season and the Rangers are more interested in looking at as many young players as possible.
Rangers veteran relievers Jason Frasor and Neal Cotts are free agents at the end of the season. That’s why the Rangers will look to trade them at some point this month.
The Rangers have called up two pitchers from Triple A in the past week: Neftali Feliz and Roman Mendez. They also expect Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando to be back, if not this summer then next year.
The Rangers also know they can add relief help through the free agent market this off-season so they are eager to see what they can get for either Cotts or Frasor
The Rays are looking for a first baseman and have talked to the Rangers about Mitch Moreland. A left-handed hitter, Moreland batted .232 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI last season but lost his job when the Rangers acquired Prince Fielder. Moreland is currently the Rangers leading candidate to be their designated hitter.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Rangers are considering the possibility of trading closer Joe Nathan. A Major League source confirmed the report saying that it has been talked about a little. The source said, “doubt it happens” but the Rangers will consider it if somebody “really values” him.
The Rangers, according to a source, are checking out every bat with a pulse trying to upgrade their offense. Nathan is signed through this season with an option for 2014. He remains one of the premier closers in the game at age 38.
It’s the season of rumors but this is something the Rangers have tossed about. They are looking at everything.
The White Sox have two scouts at the Rangers game with the Indians on Friday. The Rangers are talking to the White Sox about outfielder Alex Rios. The White Sox have also been scouting the Rangers farm system.
The White Sox are looking for young prospects who are ready to step in at the Major League level. Engel Beltre is starting in left field for the Rangers on Friday. Martin Perez is pitching for the Rangers, not that they would give him up in a trade for Rios.
The Phillies and the Rockies also have scouts here. Both teams remain on the periphery of the playoff race in the National League. The Rockies have Michael Cuddyer, who is signed through next season at $10.5 million. He is 34 and hitting .331 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI. He is .304 on the road.
The Rangers are actively talking with the White Sox about outfielder Alex Rios, according to Major League sources. Rios is hitting .278 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 95 games. He signed for next year at $12.5 million so the Rangers would get more than a rental player. The Rangers are looking for another bat and they are also concerned about the possibility of Nelson Cruz getting suspended.
The Rangers are close to acquiring pitcher Matt Garza from the Cubs, according to a source. The deal is not done but Garza is expected to be scratched from Monday’s start with the Diamondbacks. He could start for the Rangers on Thursday against the Yankees. The players involved in previous discussions included third baseman Mike Olt, infielder Luis Sardinas and pitchers Neil Ramirez and C.J. Edwards. The Rangers will likely try to get a second player in the deal. Garza can be a free agent after this season and the Rangers don’t get compensation if he signs with another team.
Apparently a trade for Matt Garza by the Rangers has been held up because the Cubs had some questions about one of the players they were getting in return. According to Major League sources the questions weren’t major but “fair” concerns.
The two sides are considering alternative ways to make the deal. Nothing is imminent. It could happen. It may not, according to sources.,
THe Cubs could also trade him to another team.
No word which player raised the concerns but Mike Olt has been dealing with some vision issues earlier in the season although they appear to have cleared up. Pitcher Neil Ramirez, who has also been mentioned, has had to deal with some minor shoulder issues lately.
The Rangers are among the teams that are having active trade discussions with the Cubs for starting pitcher Matt Garza. The Rangers have placed Ross Wolf in the rotation but they are still hoping to land Garza whether it’s in the next few days or by the July 31 Trade Deadline.
The Rangers are looking for both a starting pitcher and a right-handed pat.
“We could go both ways,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “We’re having active conversations on both fronts. We’d like to improve the club.”
Garza, 30, is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts for the Cubs and is being pursued by just about every team in need of starting pitching. The Rangers are considered a strong candidate because of their deep farm system.
The Rangers will open the second half with Derek Holland, Wolf and Martin Perez pitching during the three-game series with the Orioles that starts on Friday. Yu Darvish, who threw a bullpen session on Thursday, is expected to come off the disabled list on Monday and there is a strong possibility Alexi Ogando could do the same on Tuesday.
Justin Grimm, who is 2-4 with a 9.91 ERA in his last eight starts, would pitch Tuesday if Ogando is not ready. Otherwise Grimm could end up in the bullpen. Nick Tepesch, on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, has started playing catch again but not close to being activated. Colby Lewis, who pitched 2 2/3 innings on medical rehabilitation assignment Tuesday at Double A Frisco, is unlikely to be an option before the Trade Deadline.
“We’re getting ready to activate two starting pitchers and that will go a long way to getting us back to where we want to be,” Daniels said. “But our goals is more than just being in a good position. We have high goals and expectations and we’d like to reward and help these guys.”