The Texas Rangers do not see themselves as a team that needs to shift into a full-blown rebuilding mode. They see themselves as a team could rebound quickly in 2015 because many of their struggles in 2014 can be attributed to injuries.
That does not mean they won’t take advantage of the opportunity to take advantage of a trade market that is thin on sellers, however. Outfielder Alex Rios might be available as a solid addition for some team, and if the Rangers are willing to listen on closer Joakim Soria they could put together a nice deal as well.
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, a number of teams are keeping tabs on Soria.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 11, 2014
Soria has pitched well in the second year of a two-year deal with Texas that he signed before the 2013 season. In 31 appearances he has put up a 2.76 ERA and converted 16 saves. He stuff has looked sharper as well, with his K/9 up to a career-best 12.3 mark thus far.
With that expiring contract, Soria is a typical deadline candidate in a time when those types of mid-season trade candidates seem more and more rare. The Rangers unquestionably should get value for Soria if they can; relief pitchers are the easiest guys to find on the cheap and they could even look to sign him again this winter.
This is the kind of trade the Rangers can make without being full-blown sellers, and it is one they should seriously consider making.