As the trade deadline approaches, Rangers are in desperate search for a right-handed bat with reports of Alex Rios being a trade target, per Todd Wills of ESPNDallas.com.
And the want for Giancarlo Stanton increases every week. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Rangers won't stop calling.
The Rangers ask for Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton “every week,” according to a major league source, but every week they get the same answer—“no.” So Texas is considering Rios as well as a number of other right-handed hitters, including the Marlins’ Justin Ruggiano and Padres’ Chris Denorfia, sources said.
If Stanton is out of reach, why not Carlos Gomez?
Gomez, 27, is an All-Star center fielder performing in the midst of his prime. As of July 27, the Dominican native has a .305 average with 17 home runs and 51 RBI.
Now compare that to Rios, as of July 27: .276/12/49.
And even Stanton, as of July 27: .252/12/32.
Rios and Stanton both play right field, but Nelson Cruz is already there. Of course, one or the other could move to left, or DH, but the Rangers don't have an everyday center fielder.
As of July 27, the Rangers have had three different starting center fielders hitting a combined .267 with six home runs and 27 RBI. That is, essentially, half of what Gomez brings to the table.
The Brewers' chances at making the playoffs this year is virtually diminished. As of July 27, they sit with the second-worst record in the National League. Their MVP, Ryan Braun, is suspended for the season.
Should the Brewers start to rebuild?
In March, Gomez signed a four-year contract worth $28.3 million. Maybe that's the reason why he hasn't been linked to any trades. But, what can the Rangers offer that they might be offering for Stanton, Rios and others?
Certainly trading MLB's former top prospect and current Rangers' rotational player should get the trade winds brewing in Milwaukee. He's a hot commodity for any team looking to build around a young star with a bright future.
But, trading Profar should be another topic of conversation. Instead, let's focus on why Gomez should deserve some of the same same attention as Stanton and others.
Instantaneously, he's your everyday starting center fielder. He brings speed, athleticism and an All-Star mentality that Josh Hamilton once provided. Gomez currently hits cleanup for the Brewers, but insert him into the 2-slot for the Rangers and the first four spots are set.
Who knows, a steady No. 2 hitter in the lineup could push Elvis Andrus to perform better.
So while the Rangers trade rumors start to heat up, hopefully general manager Jon Daniels can explore all trade options. What good would it make to go after a player like Justin Ruggiano if the Rangers are trying to win now? That is, Ruggiano and his July 27 batting average of .201.
What do you think? What can Daniels supply to persuade the Brewers to part with Gomez?