Coming into this week, it was almost a certainty that the Texas Rangers would try to add another bat to this struggling lineup. The Rangers and their fans are anxiously waiting news on whether or not Nelson Cruz is going to be suspended for his role in the Biogenesis fiasco. Cruz leads the team in home runs with 25 and is second to Adrian Beltre in hits with 108. He also leads the club with 73 RBIs.
Despite the predictions and what everyone else thought they needed, Jon Daniels and the Rangers’ front office decided to not try and acquire a bat. There were rumors floating around that they had inquired about Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox and Edwin Encarnacion from the Toronto Blue Jays. In the end, though, they stood firm.
After going and getting Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs a week earlier, the assumption was that the Rangers were going to try and do what they needed to before the deadline.
This just wasn’t the case. Perhaps the asking price was steeper than the Rangers were willing to pay. Either way, Texas is left in a position in which they will have to rely on their pitching staff to carry them. That may not be a bad idea either, especially when you consider how well they are playing. Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Garza have helped anchor a starting rotation that can shut down any lineup on any given night.
Factor in Martin Perez and one of the best bullpens in all of MLB, and they may not need to worry about offense.
Currently, the Rangers are 3.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics for first place in the AL West and they start a huge series in Oakland on Friday night. Obviously there is still a lot of baseball to be played, but Texas has a chance to come out of the series a half game back or 6.5, depending on what happens. Let’s hope for the sake of management and the front office that not making a deal doesn’t come back to bite them.