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MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Texas Rangers Should Stand Pat on Tuesday

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 17: Roy Oswalt #44 of the Texas Rangers (center) is congratulated by teammates after being relieved by manager Ron Washington #38 (second from left) during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on July 17, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2012

The Los Angeles Angels improved at the trade deadline, but that doesn't mean the Texas Rangers should make a desperation move in the coming hours.

Although the Angels added Zack Greinke to their already-dangerous rotation, the Rangers are still the best team in the AL West.

Despite their recent struggles, Ron Washington's lineup is the most feared set of hitters in baseball. The Rangers currently rank first in the MLB in batting average (.276), second in on-base percentage (.339) and fourth in runs (497).

Their order is full of world-class hitters, and I have no doubt that they will break out of their collective slump in the coming days. They are simply too smart, too talented and too battle-tested to fade in late July and early August.

The Rangers' pitching staff has also been better than most would assume. They lead the American League in road ERA (3.59), and only Tampa Bay and Seattle have better post-All-Star break ERAs. Yes, the Rangers will be without Colby Lewis for the remainder of the season, but it's not like the rest of their rotation is full of scrubs.

Aside from the fact that their team is a title contender as currently constructed, the Rangers also can't afford to move one of their prized young prospects. Any trade that would bring in a major contributor would cost them Jurickson Profar or (more likely) Mike Olt.

Dealing either would be a big mistake for Texas, as they will need to build around their talented youngsters in a few short years. Josh Hamilton is entering free agency, Michael Young is 35, Nelson Cruz is unpredictable and Mike Napoli has noticeably declined this season.

The Rangers' lineup is deadly right now, but who knows how it will look in two years? For the sake of their future, Texas should hold on to their prospects and take a crack at the World Series with their current roster.

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