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Hunter Pence, Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales among Rangers’ trade deadline targets

Jul 25, 2013, 12:38 AM EST

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Via Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

The Rangers, facing the possibility that right-fielder Nelson Cruz could be suspended and without much production from their other outfielders, have set their sights on Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, San Francisco right fielder Hunter Pence and Seattle designated hitter Kendrys Morales to fill a need for a right-handed hitter, according to baseball sources.

The Pale Hose (39-58) are sure to be sellers at this year’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. There’s a little less certainty at this point about the Giants (46-54) and the suddenly-surging Mariners (48-53).

Cruz, as Wilson notes, is connected to the Biogenesis case and could be handed a big suspension soon.

The Rangers beefed up their starting rotation on Monday with Matt Garza. Now it’s time to find a hitter who can attempt to replace Cruz’s production or provide a boost in left and center field if Cruz is around all year.

  1. mrpinkca - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    I’d be a bit surprised to see Pence move. Sabean has been really reluctant to sell in the past, even in situations when conventional wisdom says he should have. But hey, two world series in three years, he might be on to something.

    • bendover09 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:19 AM

      No one is really “untouchable” in the league. They’re just untouchable if the right offer has not been laid out in blue print . Until then, everything is speculation.. that is why it mind boggles me that everyone believes the rumors or “unknown sources”. I mean really, do you think these GMs sit around and pass out the spread sheet to the press, heck no.

      /sorry last sentence is not towards you. Just *flustering my frustration bc its late .

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Sabean is the poster child for “It’s better to be lucky than good”. The playoffs are a total crapshoot. After all, he traded Wheeler for a two month Beltran rental which didn’t go anywhere. One year later he traded for Pence for Joseph, so that one panned out. Anyone else think this whole business is a lot like throwing darts at a moving target?

      But really folks it’s Beltran who has to be considered screwed here: 2011 he goes to the Giants, watches the Cardinals win the WS… next year he signs with the Cardinals… and watches the Giants win the WS… man he had that so backwards…

      • bgrillz - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        He is like the Marian Hossa of baseball. Although, Hossa after going through that now has two rings.

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  3. mc1439 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    If Pence is forced into a Rangers uniform I will shit bricks. First Oswalt, then Berkman, and now Pence. Will the pain ever stop?!

    • stex52 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Maybe, by about 2016. Not much before then. I had thought the Rangers might go for Norris, too. But I guess Garza was the answer there.

      • mc1439 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        I’m fine with Norris leaving. But I wont’ be crying if he is still here either.

      • stex52 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Agreed.

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