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Why (and How) the Rangers Should Go All In as the Trade Deadline Looms

What a week for Your Texas Rangers.

Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington took turns publicly ripping Josh Hamilton for the alarming lack of discipline he's displayed at the plate, increasing the likelihood that he'll be headed elsewhere this offseason. Fans booed the slumping slugger at home for the first time on Friday night. Wash benched Hamilton on Saturday and demoted him to the fifth spot in the lineup on Sunday.

If that wasn't enough to put the team into a tailspin, they learned that opening day starter Colby Lewis is out for the rest of season after tearing an elbow tendon, and Neftali Feliz was scratched from his next rehab start with discomfort in his throwing elbow. Until more information becomes available, Feliz can't be counted on to pitch again this year.

Meanwhile, top trade target Cole Hamels signed a $144 million contract extension to remain in Philadelphia, and the next best option, Zack Greinke, was traded to a division rival.

So, is it time to hit the panic button? Not yet.