No, you didn't read the headline wrong. The Texas Rangers could be in selling mode sometime next week.
The Rangers are looking at the possibility of losing two key offensive contributors, Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli. Both are highly sought-after free agents who figure to get paid.
There's no question the Rangers are still in a win-now mode, especially given recent comments by general manager Jon Daniels:
We've looked at a variety of things to improve the club. Some are relatively minor, some of them involve giving our young players a chance and some are bigger moves. Some are a combination of them all.
We're not going to turn over the club. We're in a situation where we have a good club, a good core. We like our team. We've got some opportunities to upgrade and we're looking into them.
Some of those opportunities could come via the trade market, and the Rangers certainly have chips to use.
Prospect third baseman Mike Olt was already dangled by the Rangers in an attempt to acquire Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton.
According to MLB.com, the Rangers reportedly balked about including shortstop Elvis Andrus or prospect Jurickson Profar in a proposed deal with the Diamondbacks as well.
However, this winter features a market essentially devoid of quality shortstops and third basemen. One would have to be naive to think the Rangers wouldn't consider dealing Andrus and/or Olt if the return netted say, a David Price or a Felix Hernandez.
The Rangers certainly have a lot on their plate to think about in terms of the status of both Hamilton and Napoli.
But selling in order to get that top-shelf pitcher can't be ignored.