Texas Rangers Must Go After Alfonso Soriano Now

By Andy Schmidt
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In the wake of new allegations about Major League Baseball players involving performance-enhancing drugs, the Texas Rangers may be looking for a possible replacement for Nelson Cruz if he is suspended. Texas should take a look north and look into trading for Alfonso Soriano to bring him back to Arlington. Soriano still has plenty of pop left in his bat and would easily replace the production that Cruz brought to the team.

If Cruz isn’t suspended, it still could be worthwhile for Texas to consider a trade for Soriano. The Rangers and Chicago Cubs made two trades happen last season so their relationship should be in very good standing and who knows if the Cubs throw Matt Garza into the trade to pry prospect Mike Olt away from Texas. The Cubs need a third baseman anyway and Olt is one of the best third base prospects in the league right now. It could easily turn into a fruitful trade for both teams.

Texas is trying to hold on to their standing in the American League West and any possible suspension of Cruz after losing Josh Hamilton in the off-season should prompt the team to look for outside help. If the Cubs would be willing to pay a lot of what is left on Soriano’s contract, Texas should jump all over the chance to make the trade happen. Chicago would like to get rid of the Soriano contract even though it only has two years left on it and getting Olt would be quite a catch for the Cubs. I really hope those phone calls have already been made.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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