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Rangers' Trade Plans Ahead of Deadline Revealed

Larry Rupp
The Texas Rangers' trade plans ahead of the deadline have been revealed.
The Texas Rangers' trade plans ahead of the deadline have been revealed. / AP Photos/Tony Gutierrez

The Texas Rangers are approaching the August trade deadline with a tough decision to make. They currently sit 4.5 games out of an AL Wild Card spot with a 41-46 record. Selling high on a few veteran players is one option, but MLB insider Jon Heyman expects the team to go the other way as a buyer.

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Heyman only needed one sentence to say "the Rangers still seem as if they’d prefer to buy rather than sell." While it was simple, it speaks volumes as to what the front office believes this roster is capable of. Texas didn't sign Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to be sellers every single year.

As for what position the Rangers could be looking to upgrade, starting pitchers stick out as a potential target. Texas' rotation currently sports the 10th-worst ERA in baseball (4.43) and has little depth outside of ace Martin Perez. In fact, Jon Gray is the only other SP with an ERA under 4.40.

The Rangers could go big by acquiring a name like Frankie Montas or they could simply look for a veteran addition like Jose Quintana. Keep in mind they have also been connected to slugger Joey Gallo. The 28-year-old had his best seasons with Texas from 2015-21, making two All-Star games.

For now, the Rangers will look to enter the All-Star break with some positive momentum. They continue a four-game series against the red-hot Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Texas is a +134 underdog in that matchup with Matt Bush on the mound, according to Fanduel Sportsbook.

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