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Rangers plan to hold on to many of their veterans

Jul 19, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

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The Rangers enter Saturday’s action with the worst record in baseball at 39-57, but they won’t be pawning everybody off. Relievers Joakim Soria and Neal Cotts, as well as outfielder Alex Rios could be traded by the July 31 deadline, but according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the club plans to hang on to Adrian Beltre, Yu Darvish, and Elvis Andrus.

Soria, 30, is in the final year of a two-year, $8 million deal. He has a club option for 2015 worth $7 million with a $500,000 buyout. The right-hander has a 2.59 ERA with 16 saves and a 42/4 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings this season.

Cotts, 34, is earning $2.2 million this season and will be eligible for free agency after the season. The lefty has posted a 3.48 ERA with a 49/16 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings thus far.

Rios, 33, is playing out the final year of a seven-year, $69.835 million contract signed with the Blue Jays back in 2008. A $13.5 million club option for 2015 with a $1 million buyout remains. The outfielder has a .302/.330/.435 slash line with four home runs, 42 RBI, and 16 stolen bases.

It’s easy to see why those three would draw some interest from contending teams.

  1. GoRangers - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    When you’ve lost 22 of the last 26 games and are on track to lose 100 for the season, you can sure do it for less money.

  2. pttbrand - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Bring Gallo up next year and let him play right field

  3. fpineda1854cat2009 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Why not trade the best players other than the one’s they won’t trade. The ones they should get rid of are the one’s who had the brainstorm of trading Fielder for Kinsler in the hope of Profar stepping in and not signing Cruz but paying more for Choo. Maybe Kinslers wish will come true but in the end I have the feeling that Wash will pay the ultimate price for managements decision.

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