As tantalizing as some players on trade market are, the Texas Rangers will not be active buyers this summer. And with the recent Jason Frasor trade, the Rangers have in fact become sellers.
To say this season didn’t go as planned is an understatement. Because of injuries, the Rangers were out of it before the season even began, and once it began, things only got worse.
The good news is the annual “David Price in exchange for the entire farm system” trade rumors can now be ignored. The bad news is the Rangers could potentially be embarking on a roster-dump in order to get something out of this season’s pain – like young and cheap talent in exchange for proven ability.
Don’t expect major trades or a major roster-dump. Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus are going to be staying. If the Rangers trade those guys they will be giving up on next year as well. Look for the Rangers to be trading smaller pieces instead.
Joakim Soria is perhaps the biggest name who is most-likely to be traded in coming days. Soria has been linked to a couple contenders and would net the most valuable return. This time of year virtually all contenders are looking for bullpen depth and Soria is about as good as they come.
Alex Rios is the other hot name on the Rangers who could soon be traded. Rios isn’t overly spectacular in any one thing but is also pretty good at many things. He could be very valuable to the right team looking for an upgrade in the lineup and/or in the outfield.
Don’t expect a huge return for Rios. Power hitters and pitchers get the most in return at the deadline. Keep expectations in the long-shot, slightly damaged, aged prospect range. Basically someone with baggage or minor red flags.
This tells us the Rangers are still interested in their team (the injury-free version) and are looking to do anything within reason to be better in 2014 and beyond.