Thursday, July 31, 2014
No more moves for Rangers at deadline
By Calvin Watkins
The non-waiver trade deadline came and went Thursday afternoon without any late activity from the Texas Rangers.
The two most-mentioned players -- right fielder Alex Rios and left-handed reliever Neal Cotts -- were the subject of trade talks, but nothing of substance occurred to force a deal.
"We exchanged proposals with a couple of clubs, but it just didn't line up," GM Jon Daniels said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday afternoon. "Ultimately that's Ok, we kinda come into it knowing a few things we were open to trying to do, especially where clubs are calling us. We had establish a level of value we wanted or we would just hold our guys. We didn't reach that so we're happy keeping the players we were asked about. We checked in on a few other things, controllable starting pitching primarily. The deal wasn't there and that's OK too."
The only trades the Rangers made this month were sending reliever Jason Frasor (July 16) to Kansas City and Joakim Soria (July 23) to Detroit for some young pitchers who can make an impact down the line.
Boston left-hander Andrew Miller was considered the best reliever on the market, and he was traded to Baltimore. With Miller off the market, it probably affected any potential deals for Cotts, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Wednesday's victory over the Yankees.
There were at least five teams in play for Cotts, and general manager Jon Daniels has said his goal is to obtain quality talent for the farm system for pending free agents. The Rangers expressed to Cotts' agent that they wanted him to return in 2015 even if he was traded.
As for Rios, some depleted power numbers (four home runs) and a bruised knee suffered Wednesday night might have scared off some suitors.
The Rangers have a $13.5 million team option on Rios for next year and, like with Cotts, are open to picking it up. Rios had roughly five teams interested in him and he had at least six clubs he could have vetoed a deal to, including the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Astros, Royals, Yankees and A's. Rios also has a $1 million buyout clause.