ARLINGTON, Texas -- The MLB non-waiver trade deadline period ends at 3 p.m. central time and the Texas Rangers continue to work the phones and see if they can get something done that would improve the club. A few notes:
* ESPNChicago.com reports that Ryan Dempster would approve a trade (he's got 10-5 rights) to the Rangers and New York Yankees if something can't be worked out with the Los Angeles Dodgers. If the Cubs can't get things figured out with LA, perhaps the Rangers can get the right deal to add the 35-year-old veteran starter and give the rotation some depth.
* And while the Rangers are talking to the Cubs, they can certainly keep discussing Matt Garza. He still has not been traded and the Rangers have shown interest. But as with Dempster, it may come down to whether there's a proper prospect package that both teams can live with.
* The Rangers are also attempting to obtain a reliever. Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports reported the Rangers are talking with Twins about Jared Burton, a 31-year-old setup man who's bounced back from injuries the last two seasons to have a solid year in Minnesota. He could give them additional strength in the late innings and might make it easier to move Alexi Ogando from the bullpen to the rotation, should the club move in that direction. ... The club has shown interest in Kansas City closer Jonathan Broxton and Colorado reliever Rafael Betancourt.
* It doesn't appear a Josh Beckett deal will materialize for the Rangers. But while we talk a lot about pitching, the Rangers could still use a bat off the bench if there's one that makes sense.
The finish line is in sight. Will a deal get done by then? What deal will it be?