Are the Texas Rangers Good Enough to Dare Get Better?
Let's don't talk too loud - might wake them up - but your Texas Rangers are suddenly 5.5 games ahead of the Anaheim Angels in the American League West. Another good start by Colby Lewis, another pivotal hit by Michael Young, another save by Neftali Feliz and, presto, a 4-3 win over the Indians and a smidge more breathing room.
With the lowly Baltimore Orioles (9-34 on the road) in town for four games, it's not unthinkable that the Rangers could push the gap another couple of games before next week's All-Star Break. Has the Rangers' schedule been relatively easy? Sure. They're now 36-11 against teams with losing records.
Nonetheless, I don't remember feeling more hopeful, more optimistic at an All-Star break in a long time.
Now, the question is, should the Rangers go for it? As in, do you trade long-term prospects for right-now help?
The Rangers are apparently intensifying talks with the Seattle Mariners about pitcher Cliff Lee. Good news: He would instantly become this team's ace. Bad news: He's a free agent after the season.
The Mariners reportedly want someone in return like pitcher Tanner Scheppers, Martin Perez or Alexi Ogando. The Rangers, meanwhile, are dangling AAA players Chris Davis and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
If it's the latter two, I say done deal. You?
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