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The Texas Rangers have a number of guys they could sell at the deadline this year, but it sounds like the two most appealing players they have might not be available.
That's the main takeaway of a recent report from Heyman. In it, a rival GM is quoted as saying the Rangers are "open to anything" with their core veterans, but other sources suggest that third baseman Adrian Beltre and right-hander Yu Darvish are "on a different level."
Speaking with Jim Bowden on Sirius XM Radio on Monday, Texas GM Jon Daniels didn't exactly dispel such talk, saying he couldn't imagine a scenario where he'd trade either player.
Rightfully so where Darvish is concerned. He's a superb pitcher, is still only 27 years old and is under contract through 2017 at team-friendly rates. He could return a huge haul in a trade, but it's in the Rangers' interest to still have him when Prince Fielder and others are healthy in 2015 and beyond.
Beltre's situation, on the other hand, is a little different.
Daniels told Heyman earlier in June that the Rangers "haven't really considered" dealing Beltre, but they should. His .332 average and .888 OPS mean he's still valuable now, but his ongoing problems with nagging injuries and fading defensive skills are red flags—especially given that he's 35.
Beltre's under contract through 2015 with a vesting option for 2016, but the Rangers are better off trading him in the present than they are holding on to him for the future.
Verdict: Fact on Darvish, Fiction on Beltre