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After acquiring Matt Garza from the Cubs, the Texas Rangers are now eyeing some hitters to upgrade their offense. The Rangers are usually known for their hitting, but have had a down year in terms of scoring runs. With a Nelson Cruz suspension looming, the Rangers are trying to act fast and get an upgrade in their outfield.
Three hitters that the Rangers are eyeing are Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, White Sox outfielder Alex Rios and Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
A trade for Hunter Pence appears likely, as the Giants have shown no urge or need to trade Pence. Morales is also unlikely to be traded, as the Mariners plan to be buyers at the deadline and have no plans to deal Morales. The likeliest option, as of now, appears to be Alex Rios. He is a very good player and is more than capable of carrying a team when needed, but right now he is playing with no sense of urgency. Scouts feel the same way, according to Danny Knobler of CBS:
Scouts watching White Sox say Alex Rios is playing with zero energy. Even so, @JonHeymanCBS says Rangers interested. http://t.co/bfIIdVpcBt
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 24, 2013
The Rangers are 'actively' talking to the White Sox about Rios, so a deal could be in the works, but nothing has suggested that a deal is close. On the year, Rios is hitting .278 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI's. When motivated, Rios can be a very good outfielder, but when he plays with no sense of urgency, Rios is no longer the threat he is known to be.
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