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A look at the Rangers at the trade deadline

7/31/2014

The non-waiver trade deadline is 3 p.m. CST and we've already got one blockbuster deal done with Boston sending Jon Lester to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes.

We look at three players who might get traded by the Rangers today.

1. Neal Cotts. The left-handed veteran has been a solid reliever for the Rangers this season and there are four to five teams interested in his services. In 51 appearances he's got a 3.45 ERA with a 1.362 WHIP. If the Rangers trade Cotts it would leave them with just Ryan Feierabend as the lone lefty in the bullpen. The Rangers could call up another lefty to provide help in the bullpen but that appears doubtful for a variety of reasons. For almost a week, the Rangers have gone heavy in the bullpen, with seven, and short with just three position players and after the deadline this could change drastically. Jake Smolinski and Geovany Soto are on the DL, each eligible to return August 6, so expect the bullpen to drop to six. The Rangers do value Cotts and even if he's traded there's a sense the team would like to bring him back in 2015.

"It's out there (and) I just try to focus on each game and (if) things happen, things happen," Cotts said. "I enjoy it here and I hope to stay and we’ll see how it all plays out. I know its part of a business and I understand that side of it and we’ll see how it goes in the next day or so."

2. Alex Rios. He has never been a power hitter, Rios is more of a singles-doubles guy that can provide an extra bat for a contending team and it appears to be four teams making inquiries. His four home runs is pretty alarming considering he hit 18 last year and 25 in 2012. Rios overall is a solid hitter with a .305/.335/.430 slash line. He can provide a team with some power if need be and has played well for the Rangers this season in the field. He's recovered from a sprained ankle and left Wednesday's game with a bruise on his left knee after getting hit by a pitch. Rios said he's fine and should be able to play whenever that will occur. Rios does have six teams he can block a trade to: Arizona, Colorado, Houston, Kansas City, New York Yankees and Oakland. The Royals have shown interest but Rios said he won't comment if one of the blocked teams reaches out to his agent regarding a deal. The Rangers also have a $13.5 million club option on him and have expressed a desire to pick it up if necessary. There is also a $1 million buyout clause.

3. Colby Lewis. It's doubtful but the right-handed starter has pitched well in the second half of the season. In three second half starts, opponents are hitting just .235 against him. MLB.com's TR Sullivan tweeted he heard of one team that could be interested in a deal. Lewis' biggest issues were his elbow and hip, which are both doing fine by the way. He pitched well in getting the win over the Yankees on Wednesday night with a season-high seven innings. He signed a minor league deal and eventually made the club and built up his strength during the course of the season. He might be a nice pickup for a contender.