Potential Texas Rangers Who Could Be Dealt at Deadline
The injury-ravaged Texas Rangers aren’t going down without a fight and have already stated that they will not be waving any white flags.
The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31, which gives the club plenty of time to look over its options. The Rangers are 2.5 games back in the wild-card race and continue to hover around the .500 mark. And while they don’t have much to offer, there are a few players who could be moved after the All-Star break.
Everything will depend on the club’s positions in the AL West and wild-card race come the end of July. That will dictate whether the Rangers will try to acquire veteran talent or prospects.
Considering the amount of injuries the team has suffered, Texas will most likely stay fairly quiet over the next month and a half. But if it does decide to add depth, there are a few players who could be sent packing.
RF Alex Rios
Alex Rios is hitting very well this season and has a team option for 2015 on the line. He came to Texas in exchange for shortstop prospect Leury Garcia in a waiver trade.
While Rios' value hasn’t exactly increased, the fact that he has a .324 batting average with eight triples and 14 doubles would give the Rangers some extra fuel in negotiations.
Rios is playing well, but if the club isn’t fighting for the playoffs, he could be gone. The 33-year-old would cost $13.5 million to keep around and just $1 million to buy out.
He is far from a difference-maker but provides potential suitors with an outfielder who has extensive work in both center and right field. He has a career .280 batting average and hits well in the middle of the order.
Again, Rios’ value lies more in his contract than it does on the field. Teams that want the former first-round pick can use him as a rental and dump him for a small fee if they do not wish to retain him.
3B Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre has been nothing short of the Rangers' MVP since arriving in 2011, but he could soon see his time in Arlington come to an end.
With the exception of a never-ending and nagging hamstring, Beltre hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He has a .309 batting average and leads the Rangers in home runs (eight) and RBI (34), even after a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
The 35-year-old has one of the highest trade values on the club. He is under club control until at least the end of 2015 and has a vesting option for 2016. He continues to spray the ball to all fields, making him a good candidate for a designated hitter role, though he is still playing well defensively at third base.
He is a fan favorite in Arlington and would be tough to let go. But like Rios, Texas may have to ship the former All-Star while he continues to perform if the club’s record is lopsided at the end of July.
SS Elvis Andrus
The Rangers have two of the youngest players in Major League Baseball on their roster in Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas, and both have played fairly well since being called up.
Add in the return of Jurickson Profar next season, and Elvis Andrus becomes another candidate to go at the deadline.
Andrus is not eligible for free agency until 2023 but may opt out of his contract in either 2018 or 2019. He will be the third-highest-paid shortstop at the beginning of next season but will be just 26 years old. While he isn’t the best at the plate, he has been in the top 10 in singles hit each of the past four years and has stolen more than 21 bags each year since 2009.
The club won’t be getting somebody like Prince Fielder in return, but the potential move would be fairly similar. It will allow the club to play Sardinas and Odor up the middle and get some value at another position.
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