The Texas Rangers are coming out of the All-Star break chasing for the first time in four seasons.
While the Rangers expect a boost from the return of several injured players in the next week, general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that he would like to upgrade the team. Asked if that meant trying to add a starting pitcher or right-handed bat before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Daniels said those were possibilities though he didn't discuss specifics.
''Our goal is a lot bigger than just being in a good position,'' said Daniels, adding that the Rangers are initiating most of the calls being made. ''You could really go both ways, and we're having active conversations on both fronts. I don't know sitting here right now exactly where it's going to head.''
Among the potential targets for the Rangers (54-41), who trail Oakland by two games in the AL West, could be Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza and White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, among others.
Utility player Jeff Ba...