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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Trade Targets: Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales

By Richard Durrett

Here's more from our Trade Target series, where we look at some names that could be available at the deadline and determine how much sense they may make to the Texas Rangers.

Today's targets: Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales

The Seattle Mariners could once again be in sell mode as the deadline approaches. If they do make that decision -- Seattle enters the second half 13 games back in the AL West and 11 back in the wild card -- perhaps they'll shop the 41-year-old Ibanez and 30-year-old Morales.

Ibanez has turned back the clock this season. He's got 24 homers and 56 RBIs in 277 at-bats with a .267 average so far. He's a left-handed bat -- the Rangers could use more right-handed bats -- but he'd give manager Ron Washington at least another option in the outfield. And with his contract expiring after this season, it wouldn't likely cost much to get Ibanez, who's making $2.75 million in base salary and could hit another $1.25 million in incentives.

To me, Morales is more appealing. He's a switch-hitting first baseman and DH. With Lance Berkman on the disabled list and his health a concern, Morales would give this team another DH option. He doesn't have the power numbers of Ibanez, but he's hitting .280 with 14 homers and 54 RBIs. He's played in 90 games so far this season, by the way. Morales will also become a free agent after this season and is making $5.25 million in 2013.

Up until now, Seattle has reportedly been slow to commit to become a seller, but that could certainly change as the days get closer to July 31.

Any interest in Morales or Ibanez? They aren't big names, but could be rental players that wouldn't require a huge commitment in prospects from the Rangers.