While many MLB teams are scrambling to add key players to their rosters before the non-waiver trade deadline, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has smartly decided to play it cool as the cutoff on Wednesday, July 31, draws near.
The team reportedly explored the idea of bringing back third baseman Michael Young in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, but after some consideration, Daniels opted not to go that route, as noted by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
As good as Young was during his first stint with the franchise, at the age of 36, he's not as productive as he once was. Batting .277 with seven home runs and just 32 RBI, the veteran is having his worst statistical year since 2001.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios is another player the team was reportedly considering, as noted by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Landing Rios makes a bit more sense since he is having a productive season for Chicago, batting .271 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI.
He would presumably fill in for David Murphy, who has been struggling to get his bat on the ball and reach base this season, batting .224 with an on-base percentage of just .281.
But Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently tweeted the team's interest in Rios had waned and that Daniels had decided not to make a big splash this season:
#Rangers no longer seriously pursuing Alex Rios as trade deadline nears. GM Jon Daniels doesn't expect to make big splash.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) July 29, 2013
Apparently, Daniels has weighed his options and realized that the market for the players up on the trade market isn't worth letting go of prospects and/or any of his current players—and he's right.
Daniels has done a phenomenal job of putting together a sustainable roster that has made the playoffs in each of its last three seasons, including twice to the World Series only to lose on both occasions.
Daniels' decision to avoid making a "big splash" is...
The Rangers still have a lot of ground to make up to catch the Oakland Athletics in the AL West.
The team is six games behind its divisional rival, but it is still very much in the hunt for a wild-card spot, just one game behind both the Red Sox and Orioles. With 57 games left on the schedule, however, there is still plenty of time to make up ground in both races.
The allure of adding talented hitters to an already solid lineup is tempting as the team tries to reach the postseason for its fourth straight year, but not at the cost of mortgaging the future of the franchise.
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