Texas Rangers Playing Catch Up at the Deadline

Kurt Suzuki could be an underrated addition if the Rangers can pull the trigger. (Image: Associated Press)

What was a 10 1/2 game lead in the AL West is down to 2 1/2 games and it might even collapse even further with a struggling Martin Perez on the mound Monday night in Texas against the Oakland Athletics.

Prince Fielder has already been shut down for the remainder of the season though that might be the best news this team has gotten in more than a month especially with Fielder’s lack of production.

The other good news, according to Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels is both Derek Holland and Colby Lewis could be coming off the disabled list around the same time in mid-August though no one really knows what the team will get with either guy. Lewis was having a career season when he hit the disabled list and Holland was, well, not having a career year at all.

With the trade deadline coming up the Texas Rangers not only have to make up the games they have lost over the last few weeks they also have to make up for what they are missing in not only the rotation but also offensively.

This team needs help and they need it fast. We all knew the Chris Sale trade was going nowhere in a hurry especially with the kind of players the White Sox were going to ask for in return and the Tampa Rays certainly like what Texas has but not enough to part with Matt Moore or Jake Odorizzi mostly because Daniels isn’t going to give up the package the Rays are going to look for.

So where does that leave this team?

How about these names that this team won’t have to pay as much for to acquire? Let’s start in the bullpen.

Francisco Rodriguez (Tigers), Tyler Clippard (DBacks), Tyler Thornburg (Brewers), Brandon Maurer (Padres), Zach Duke (White Sox), Ryan Madson (A’s), Boone Logan (Rockies), Chris Young (Royals)

How about the starting rotation? Here are a few names that could make sense for this team and may not cost them the players who will make this team a contender next year and beyond.

Dan Straily (Reds), Edinson Volquez (Royals), Jake Peavy (Giants), Francisco Liriano (Pirates), Ricky Nolasco (Twins), Tommy Milone (Twins), Jeremy Hellickson (Phillies), Matt Shoemaker (Angels)

To wrap things up, here are a few offensive pieces that I think the Rangers could really use down the stretch. These are not only starters but also guys who could provide some depth to this ball club.

Justin Morneau (1B – White Sox), Kurt Suzuki (C – Twins), Jay Bruce (OF – Reds), Nick Markakis (OF – Braves), Melvin Upton Jr (OF – Padres), Josh Reddick (OF – A’s)

If the Rangers want to throw caution to the wind and bring in someone who immediately makes them better on offense they should look no further than San Diego Padres’ first baseman Wil Myers.

The Padres have discussed a long-term extension with Myers and he seems open to the idea but the fact that he’s cheap, for now, and controllable for at least the next three seasons should be attractive to Texas. However, there has been a lot of talk about Myers being expensive for any team to acquire but it doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Daniels just has to play this one smart but it could be the biggest piece he acquires if he actually can talk himself in to pulling the trigger.

Texas needs to do something and they need to do it fast. If they don’t, this team won’t just lose the small lead they already have over a Houston Astros team that is hot on their heels, they might end up doing what the Astros did last season.

Lose the division.

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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