Right-handed 1B on Ryan's wish list
"I'd like to have someone with some experience who could play some for us against tough lefties and pinch hit," Ryan said. "We'll see if something comes together on it."
The Rangers continue to look at a handful of options, topped by Jorge Cantu and Ty Wigginton. Cantu is batting .260 with 10 homers and 54 RBIs in 93 games for the Marlins this season. He's making $6 million this season, so he'd be due about $2 million for the rest of the season.
Wigginton, 32, is making $3.5 million this season. But he has been struggling of late, hitting .208 in July after batting just over .200 in June. He has had a hit in two straight games this weekend.
The question on any potential addition is the money. The Rangers could ask MLB to give them a line of credit to make a trade or turn the prospects into currency, dealing a better one or a larger group to a team so that they didn't have to pay the remaining salary. But do the Rangers want to give up a high-level prospect to get a first baseman that won't play every day? That's what Jon Daniels and his staff must ask themselves.
We'll break down some of the potential possibilities this week on the blog leading into the trade deadline.
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