Texas Rangers Notes: Five players who could be dangled at the deadline
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Imagine an office somewhere within Ranger’s Ballpark. Inside sits general manager Jon Daniels, CEO Nolan Ryan and the rest of the Texas Rangers’ management staff.
They stare at a white board with several names on it. The silence in the room is deafening; each person with a different expression on his or her face and each trying to come up with a way to acquire one or more of the names on the board.
You can see the “war room” playing out just like that.
There are plenty of names the Rangers will look at in order to better their situation because they know they can’t stand on what they have right now. They just aren’t strong enough to sustain the stretch run to the playoffs.
The offense, at least at this point, is fine as is. You have speed on the base paths and power in the middle of the lineup. Your run production isn’t lacking, at least not every night, so there’s no reason to change that dynamic.
Where the problems lie for this team is their pitching. From the rotation to the bullpen, Daniels knows there are changes that need to be made. More so in the bullpen than the rotation.
“I think the bullpen will definitely be a focus, first focus,” Daniels told Jim Bowden and Casey Stern on MLB Network Radio. “You’re always open to anything. But that’s probably where we’ve spent the most of our time.”
The Rangers have plenty of trade chips to deal away, guys who aren’t going to make a huge impact to the team down the stretch and guys they can afford to deal.
We’ve talked about the names I’ve wanted to bring in to help the Rangers’ bullpen, but how about the guys they could deal away for those players? Who could the Rangers give up and not miss (a la Justin Smoak)?
C Taylor Teagarden — .190 (4/21), 7 K
Teagarden hasn’t been quite the player the Rangers had hoped he might become. After hitting .319 (15/47) in his first season with the Rangers back in 2008, Teagarden has struggled in each of his last three seasons with the team, hitting no better than .217, which came back in 2009.
But while he struggles in the big leagues, he has torched triple-A pitching. Through 24 games (86 ABs) with Round Rock, Teagarden is hitting .326 with 9 HR and 18 RBI.
The San Francisco Giants are looking for catching, especially after the season-ending injury sustained by Buster Posey. They’ve tried the duo of Chris Stewart and Eli Whiteside, but neither are cutting it, no pun intended, at the plate. Teagarden is a name that has come up but I don’t know that the Giants would give up anymore more than a mid-level prospect at this point. Teagarden’s value just isn’t high at all right now.
OF David Murphy — .233 (47/202), 4 HR, 15 RBI, 32 K
Murphy has, at times, come in to the Rangers lineup and given the offense the boost it’s needed. He’s come up with a big hit here or there. Unfortunately, it’s not going to keep him out of the trade discussions at the deadline.
Murphy is a guy who is going to get interest from teams looking for an experienced veteran in their lineup and a guy who could play the outfield on an everyday basis. Something he’s not going to get with the Rangers. Especially with Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Mitch Moreland, Endy Chavez and Craig Gentry all able to play the same positions.
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