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The Texas Rangers are one of the best teams in the majors at this point of the season. Shoot, they could be considered one of the best teams in general after back-to-back World Series appearances. That doesn't stop them from being major players in the latest batch of trade rumors.
The Rangers have been linked to every player from Justin Upton to Cole Hamels. They have a good amount of young talent they'd be willing to part with and would like to bolster their rotation and maybe add another bat.
Their lineup is pretty stacked, but they want to add bench depth, especially at backup catcher. An upgrade over Yorvit Torrealba is a must, mainly with Mike Napoli wrestling with some injuries.
If they can add a player of Justin Upton's caliber, the Rangers could once again be heading back to the World Series. He would add another power bat in the lineup if he can turn his season around.
Upton wouldn't be a rental player either, being he's under team control till 2014. He's owed between $9.75 and $14.5 million over the next three season, but with the possibility that Josh Hamilton might leave for free-agency, they should take this chance.
They are also looking into players like Zack Greinke, Matt Garza and Cole Hamels to improve their rotation. With Derek Holland just coming off the DL, Yu Darvish being inconsistent and Matt Harrison being their best starter to date, the Rangers needs to add an ace at the front of the staff.
They need to do what the Brewers did a few years ago, acquiring CC Sabathia around the deadline, and making a big push in the second half. They didn't win it all, but this Rangers team is far better than Milwaukee was then.
If they can add one of these players they are likely to give up a star prospect. One player that may be untouchable is Jurickson Profar. Other than him, Mike Olt seems to be a popular name. His numbers have risen and he has become an interesting prospect on the rise. If the Rangers can get Greinke to opt in long term or get Upton in a deal, then they need to make a move and include Olt.
The Rangers have a lot of thinking to do. If they are able to make a deal for Greinke or Hamels, I would do that over an Upton deal. Pitching wins games and the Rangers don't have a Cliff Lee or C.J Wilson this year.
Are Matt Harrison and Yu Dravish reliable starters in the postseason? Who knows.
Hamels has shown his ability to win in big games and Greinke is a big-time pitcher.
Rangers, it's your move.