Today, the non-waiver trade deadline is upon us. I'll be updating this throughout the day with various rumblings as they relate to the Rangers.
Update: 3:05 PM
The deadline has passed, and it appears the Rangers will stand pat, which I'm not sure is a bad thing. This team is still capable of getting the job done as currently comprised.
Update: 2:55 PM
5 minutes remain, and we've got this:
Executive with another team described the Rangers as “active” in these final moments before deadline. Stay tuned, folks.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2013
Update: 2:24 PM
All is quiet on the (AL) Western front. The Rangers are supposedly still working the phones, but nothing major is expected at this point.
Sources: #Rangers still working on deals, described as “mostly small.” Not trying to re-acquire Michael Young.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2013
Update: 1:00 PM
Just have feeling Rangers will be able to get Young at price they are willing to pay in final hour. Just shaping up for that opportunity.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 31, 2013
So far, I think Grant is the only person I've seen that seems to believe the Rangers have any interest whatsoever in bringing Michael Young back to Texas. Then again, we're talking about the same guy that believe he should have been AL MVP in 2011.
I like Michael Young and respect what he did for this Rangers franchise, but that ship has sailed. I don't see a fit, and see no way he could help the Rangers this season save for a real-life Jake Taylor (Major Leage II reference there, folks) role as a coach. We'll see how this thing pans out, but I'd think it's more likely than not that Mikey Baseball stays put in Philadelphia.
Update: 12:50 PM
About an hour ago, Jon Paul Morosi threw this tidbit out:
The Rangers are aggressively pursuing offensive upgrades, according to one rival executive.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2013
No indication of exactly what the Rangers would be willing to give up, but Bautista would be a guy that could slide into the role if Nelson Cruz in the ever-growing liklihood that Cruz is suspended within the next few days.
Just not sure I'd like the price the Rangers would probably need to pay to make a deal like this happen for a 32 year old outfielder under team control through 2016.
Update: 11:53 AM
This has been out there for awhile this morning, but I'm just now getting around to mentioning it. Ken Rosenthal reports that, according to his sources, Lance Berkman will be meeting with Rangers officials today to discuss possibly retiring and forfeiting the remainder of his salary.
Evan Grant, however, had this to say in response:
Am told that reports of Berkman simply walking in and forfeiting rest of money are "premature."— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 31, 2013
Well, OK then.
Update: 11:42 AM
On #Rangers: They are exploring multiple avenues, aggressively trying to get more offense. Not unusual for them to make creative proposals.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2013
I wouldn't exactly expect the Rangers to turn around and flip Garza, but if it brought an impact bat to Texas, I think it would get the conversation started. With Matt Harrison and Colby Lews on rehab assignments, there looks to be a potential logjam in the rotation as-is. Maybe Texas couldn't turn the prospects they gave up to get Garza into a trade for a hitter, but if a contending team in need of pitching were to have a bat to give up that didn't interest the Cubs in the pursuit of such a pitcher, maybe a deal like this could happen.
For you dreamers out there, the prospect of Giancarlo Stanton coming to Texas isn't looking promising, at least this season.