Texas Rangers Rumors, Targets as 2013 MLB Trade Deadline Nears
2013 MLB Trade Deadline Brings New Rumors, Targets for Texas Rangers
For the past three seasons, the Texas Rangers have tried hard to land a big name at the MLB trade deadline, and this year is no different. The Rangers have been rumored to make a plethora of trades ever since their 2012 season ended abruptly with a Wild Card loss. Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus were hot names on the trading block and they still are, but with the trade deadline now only a couple of weeks away, the realistic possibilities of a blockbuster trade involving the Rangers are narrowing.
When Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch and designated hitter Lance Berkman were both placed on the disabled list this past week, Texas' determination to make a deal for a big name (or two) intensified and is getting worse by the day. There are many rumors involving the AL West title contenders and most of them have been confirmed as true. But there are many more still floating around of which most Rangers are not even award.
Matt Garza and David Price are two big names that have been commonly linked to the Rangers, but there are two new names and one "old friend" who could easily find their way to Texas as well. No, it's not who you think -- trust me.
Which of the confirmed rumors are the most likely to happen? Which of the new ones are likely to be confirmed? We'll cover that and more in this Texas Rangers trade deadline update.
Rangers Not Hiding the Fact They Would Love to Trade for Cliff Lee...Again
Believe it or not, the Rangers "would love to trade for Cliff Lee again," according to CBS Sports. Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan was instrumental in trading for Lee in 2010, which resulted in Texas' first trip to the World Series. Ryan and his club are apparently hoping for similar magic this season.
There are two problems in this cute little story though: 1. The Phillies likely won't trade Lee and 2. Fox Sports reports the lefty has a no-trade clause in his contract that prevents the Rangers acquiring him again without his permission.
Several reports state the Phillies have no interest in trading Lee while several others suggest the Phils would listen if the offer was sweet enough. With Ryan Howard now on the DL and their season looking more bleak by the day, it would make sense for the Phillies to unload Lee's mammoth contract for help at other positions, but they'll have to first decide to make that move and then get Lee's permission to do so.
Lee's no-trade clause only keeps him from being deal to 20 of the 29 other MLB teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles and Rangers. So he'll have to want to return to Texas, the place he couldn't get away from fast enough as a free agent in 2010.
Rangers Rumored to be Interested in Trading for Justin Ruggiano
The Rangers are not only in the market for pitchers as it's been commonly reported; Fox Sports says Texas has also expressed interest in acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the struggling Marlins, who are always quick to make an out-of-the-blue deal with any team.
With Berkman now on the DL, the Rangers need another bat and an outfielder to fill the potential void left if Nelson Cruz is suspended for his reported connection to the Biogenesis Clinic.
A Texas native, the 31-year-old Rugganio is hitting .224 through 255 at-bats this year and he would be in the midst of a powerful lineup in Arlington, which suggests he could raise his game to the next level with a good team.
Rangers Still Have Outside Shot at Completing Trade for David Price
Before the season began, it was almost guaranteed the Rays would trade David Price and they were rumored to be talking to the Rangers about a deal for Jurickson Profar, although it didn't happen before Opening Day. Now that Tampa Bay is only 3.5 games out of first place in the AL East and neck-and-neck with the Rangers in the Wild Card race, the Rays aren't nearly as big on trading their ace now.
However, many reports suggest if Texas makes the right offer, the Rays will bite, which is to be expected in any potential deal. One would think Price's relatively down year, coupled with his expiring contract and potential arbitration eligibility, would make the Rays more inclined to move him, but that remains to be seen.
One Rumor States Alex Rios Tops Rangers' List of Trade Targets
Several major media outlets reported the Rangers are among several teams scouting Alex Rios lately and the outfielder even said his former White Sox teammate -- Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynksi -- called him and said Texas wants to acquire him in a trade.
In addition, one report claims Rios is at the top of the Rangers' trade target list which, if true, means Texas is a lot higher on the 32-year-old than originally thought. That same report also discusses Rios' low batting average with runners in scoring position, which is a major problem in Texas, so one would think that would hinder the Rangers' interest. Regardless, the team needs help in the outfield with Lance Berkman on the DL and Nelson Cruz facing a possible PED suspension, so Rios certainly is an option for a deadline-day deal.
Rangers in Serious Talks With Cubs for Matt Garza Trade
It was no secret the Rangers tried hard to trade for Matt Garza last year and they're not hiding their interest this year, either. Texas reportedly was very close to completing a deal for the Cubs' ace last July, but had to settle for a last-minute swap for Ryan Dempster instead. With that short rental now over, the Rangers have their focus on Garza again and they have the money to pay him, unlike many of his other potential suitors.
Garza is currently to set to make $10.25 million in 2014, the last year of his contract with Chicago. Although USA Today reports Garza and the Cubs are discussing a possible contract extension, one Chicago source says the team isn't willing to give him the average $15 million salary he wants. Enter the Rangers, who will likely swoop Garza away with an offer the Cubs can't refuse.