Jim Bowden: Rangers fall behind Angels
July, 28, 2012
Senior baseball analyst for ESPN Insider and former major league GM Jim Bowden argues that no matter what the Rangers do before the trade deadline, there's no way they can match the Angels.
Bowden writes that the move for Zack Greinke makes the Angels a club that is set up perfectly for postseason success, and is one that may come back to haunt the Rangers. Here's an excerpt:
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Whether the Texas Rangers, who also were in on Greinke, played "chicken" and lost, or just weren’t willing to part with prospects Jurickson Profar, Martin Perez or Mike Olt can be debated for years depending on who you talk to, but only Rangers GM Jon Daniels and Brewers GM Doug Melvin know for sure.
The Rangers are now put a precarious position because there really isn’t a second choice to Greinke, a former American League Cy Young Award winner. Cole Hamels re-signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster seems committed to making a deal to the Los Angeles Dodgers work out, and Dempster's teammate Matt Garza is dinged up until after the deadline.