The trade deadline is right around the corner and the Texas Rangers find themselves in a position they have not been in recent years as the July 31 deadline approached, they’re sellers–mostly.
Sitting in last place in the American League west with a 39-57 record, the Rangers have fielded calls for All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish and fellow All-Star Adrian Beltre, but the Rangers have no intention of parting with one of the top pitchers in baseball and their team leader in Beltre.
However, one name who has been mentioned as a trade candidate is Elvis Andrus who would be an attractive piece for contending teams to add for a playoff push in August and September and add his speed to the top of their lineup.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the feeling is that the Rangers are “very likely” to keep their shortstop as they fully intend to contend next season when Prince Fielder and Jurickson Profar return to the lineup.
“Andrus in particular had been viewed as a likelier a trade candidate since the Rangers are well-stocked with young middle infielders, including also Luis Sardinas, Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar, but beyond Profar’s upsetting, even exasperating, year-ending injury, the Rangers view Andrus as instrumental to their clubhouse and in any case want to guard against selling low. Word is, he is “very likely” staying now.”
The Rangers, however, have been engaged in trade discussions for veteran outfielder Alex Rios and reliever Joakim Soria, but the feeling is the Rangers won’t be making any of their biggest stars available.