After all the recent build-up to the MLB trade deadline, the Texas Rangers decided to do…nothing. With the Rangers sitting at the bottom of the standings they found themselves in a unfamiliar position of being bona fide “sellers” this season.
Selling is actually something GM Jon Daniels does quite well. Trace back to how this club was built, and most of the success can be found by the Rangers trading proven talent for unproven prospects. It’s the “buying” that hasn’t gone so well.
The Rangers weren’t completely absent of moves; just recently sending closer Joakim Soria to Detroit for a pair of promising prospects (Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel). But many still expected more moves by the Rangers before the deadline passed.
Alex Rios was the most popular name thrown around in deadline trade talks. Neal Cotts seemed sure to go but that never materialized either. Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus were some higher-profile Rangers names that were discussed. Alas, none of them will be leaving Texas.
This kind of inactivity seems to be signaling that Jon Daniels believes his Texas Rangers can compete in 2014 with just minor roster changes and a healthy squad. After all, if this was a multiyear building process surely someone would have been moved, right?
What do you think?
Did the Rangers do the smart move by not moving these players or did they miss out on a great opportunity? Should they have sent Rios and Cotts packing even if they didn’t particularly like the offer? What about Beltre and Elvis?
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