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The Rangers are even open to trading Matt Garza

Jul 31, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

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That’s according to’s Ken Rosenthal. The Rangers will consider just about anything as they attempt to improve before the deadline. That means Elvis Andrus. It means Joe Nathan. And it means the newly acquired Matt Garza, who was just picked up from the Cubs for four prospects nine days ago.

Garza is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in two starts for his new team and 7-1 with a 2.95 ERA overall this season. If the Rangers traded him, it wouldn’t be a sign that they’re giving up on 2013; they’d want a big bat in return to put in their lineup alongside Adrian Beltre. Nelson Cruz is likely about to serve a 50-game Biogenesis suspension, and even with Cruz, the Rangers rank just ninth of the 15 AL teams in runs scored this year.

As for possible fits for Garza, it’s hard to come up with anything obvious. The Diamondbacks don’t have any expendable bats. The Rangers probably wouldn’t be all that interested in Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford from the Dodgers. A Garza-for-Carlos Beltran trade with the Cardinals might make sense if Oscar Taveras were healthy and ready to step into the St. Louis outfield, but he’s not. Garza to Atlanta for Justin Upton? Probably not. Garza to Baltimore for Nick Markakis? He’d be no lock to help the Rangers. Garza to Boston for Jacoby Ellsbury? That might have made a little sense before the Red Sox just got Jake Peavy, but not as is. Cleveland? It’d probably have to be a three-team deal with youngsters going elsewhere.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Sabre rattling in hopes of getting the team to play better

  2. tbutler704 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Nolan Ryan is on tilt. I like it.

  3. motobus - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Why not add someone like mike morse for very little in terms of prospects?

    • kevinbnyc - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Probably because he wouldn’t help very much? Dude’s hitting .246.

      • motobus - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Morse is a career .289/.343/.486 hitter. I think is contribution level would b slightly higher than null.

  4. coloradogolfcoupons - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    How about starting over by trading Andrus, Kinsler, Moreland, Murphy, Cruz, Nathan, Pierzinski, and anybody else under-performing, firing Washington, and rebuilding. This team stinks pretty bad as is, with the worst manager in MLB IMO. I have watched every Ranger game since Wash was hired and batting M Young cleanup in the 2011 World Series was probably the worst managerial decision in history. He is a drug abusing clown who the players like because he does not hold them accountable, and has made more bad moves than any manager in recent history. Why Ryan didn’t fire him after his cocaine positive test was the strangest bs I have ever seen or heard of. He should have been fired immediately and the Rangers would most likely have won the 2011 WS with ANYBODY else managing.

    • tbutler704 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      My buddy is a TX Rangers fan calls Ron Washington the mayor of Choke City….

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      I think it’s unfair to bring up his drug history, but I agree that Washington is a terrible manager.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Teams invest millions of dollars in players/coaches/managers, etc…
        As a result, I don’t think it’s unfair to bring up drug history.
        My employer invests a fraction of that in my salary & benefits.
        You can bet your ass they would bring it up. Not only would they bring it up…they would most likely not retain me. Of course…I am also subject to drug testing.

    • beefytrout - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      so let me get this straight… the team stinks, has the worst manager in MLB, and management makes poor decisions…

      And you watch every game they play?

  5. miketreedy - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    This is all a result of the bad off season the Rangers had. They almost had Justin Upton and Greinke. Next year they have openings at both corner OF spots, DH and possibly 1B (based on Mooreland’s bad offensive year). At least they didn’t sign Josh so they will have money to go shopping.

  6. paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    John Danielson has gone on tilt. Someone revoke his trading privileges until he recovers.

  7. psousa1 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    This story is load of (crap). Just some dumb ass sportswriter, Ken Rosenthal, quoting unnamed (himself) sources and he knows it will soon be forgotten but he gets more traffic on his blog.

  8. knowlegeforyou - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Bmac for Garza

  9. dadawg77 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    If I was Rick Hahn, I am on the phone trying to figure out to trade for Garza and flip him. Think of a package of Rios, Dunn and Jose Quintana for Garza and Kinsler. Sox keep Kinsler for 2B hole. For Texas Rios takes over for Cruz or LF, and Dunn moves to DH or 1B,if he can keep hitting like he did in June (247/408/589) that is a big bat. Moving Kinsler allows the Rangers to move Profar into 2B.

  10. stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Matt Garza can’t play the Catcher position. As a result, the Cardinals aren’t interested.

  11. banger60 - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    the Yankees need pitching, get one of these guys, sabathia is no longer the ace, at this point i’d take Garza.

  12. artisan3m - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Young is a 37 year old free agent in 2014. I don’t see Boston racing to sign him. Any deal with the Yankees would be a temp job until Tex returns at 1st. His best hope is the Rangers but I doubt Daniels and Ryan will make the leap with a deal Michael will buy off on.

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