The Texas Rangers have been one of the most active teams (at least from reports) on the phones pertaining to the MLB trade deadline, checking in on just about anybody who’s been deemed publicly available.
So it shouldn’t come as a shock that they’ve apparently checked in on Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, Norichika Aoki.
Per Ken Rosenthal:
Sources: Rangers have expressed interest in Norichika Aoki during talks with Brewers about Yovani Gallardo. (more)
The interest in Gallardo is well known, but scooping up Aoki in a package deal would be a pretty solid coup for the Rangers, especially given Aoki’s team friendly contract ($1.5 million option next year).
The former Japanese star is hitting .298 with 4 home runs, 19 RBI and 10 stolen bases through the first half of the 2013 season.
With one of the worst records in the league, the Brewers will undoubtedly be sellers come the end of the month, though, the Rangers wont be the lone team with interest in both Gallardo and Aoki. While Yovani has had multiple teams express interest, it’s been reported that the New York Mets are also interested in Aoki.