The Texas Rangers are only six games out of first place in the AL West, second to only the Oakland Athletics. You would think the drive to get back at Oakland for beating them on the final day last season would be enough motivation for Texas to make some moves for a bat at the trade deadline.
However, it does not seem that GM Jon Daniels wants to do that, and balking on adding offense to the lineup is not the right decision.
Daniels and the Rangers are not pushing any deal even though they have been tied to trades involving closer Joe Nathan and Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young. Young has come out and said that he would only accept a trade to the Rangers, and Texas needs to jump on that immediately.
This is especially true since one of the Rangers’ power hitters, Nelson Cruz, is getting ready for a suspension to be handed down to him for his link to Biogenesis.
Sitting around and kicking tires on players without pulling a trigger is the wrong move for Texas. In the midst of a division race which they are not out of, they have to do everything they can to add to their team in order to make it better for the dog days of August. Texas is going to play divisional foes four times in August, including a series with Oakland to open up the month.
The team added assurance in the rotation with Matt Garza but once a decision on Cruz has been made, it could be too late for Texas. Adding a bat needs to happen immediately.