The Texas Rangers were reportedly in talks with the Boston Red Sox about a blockbuster trade that would have completely changed the look of the team currently holding a slim lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West.
According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, the two organizations discussed a deal that would have sent Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Kelly Shoppach to the Rangers:
According to multiple major league sources, one potential deal discussed by the Red Sox and Rangers prior to the non-waiver trade deadline included a package that would have sent Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury and Kelly Shoppach to the Rangers. It is unclear what player compensation the two teams discussed going from Texas to the Red Sox in such a deal.
The proposal was described by one source as nothing more than a theoretical back and forth of ideas that never progressed to the point where the Red Sox approached Beckett to discuss his 10-5 rights (which give the pitcher, as someone with 10 years in the majors and five with one club, the opportunity to veto a deal). Another source classified the talks as having reached a more advanced stage before hitting a wall.
As great as Beckett—despite his down year—and Ellsbury may be, the Rangers didn't need to make a move for them. In a blockbuster of this size, the compensation would have been significant.
Even if the Rangers would have been able to keep Josh Hamilton, they would have had to lay waste to their impressive farm system. For All-Star caliber players, Jurickson Profar, Leonys Martin and Martin Perez almost certainly would have had to change hands.
While it's tempting to trade away the future for the present, it's not necessary when your team is already in possession to make it to the World Series for the third-straight year.
The Rangers have the second-best record in the AL and are only getting stronger after the addition of Ryan Dempster and his 2.25 ERA to the rotation.
Likewise, the offense is only going to improve once Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Michael Young actually start hitting the ball like they normally do once more and end their slumps.
After the season-ending Tommy John surgery that Neftali Feliz underwent and the torn flexor tendon suffered by Colby Lewis, the Rangers did indeed need another solid starting pitcher. They just didn't need one that would have carried as high a price tag as Beckett, especially when packaged with Ellsbury.