Rangers general manager Jon Daniels knew how badly his team needed another right-handed bat. But he also knew the list of candidates was less than stellar.
The organization didn't have any problem giving up premium talent to land one of the most coveted pitchers at the deadline in Matt Garza. Daniels basically admitted Wednesday that the team's playoff hopes rest on the shoulders of the pitching. And then he watched rookie Martin Perez silence the Angels.
The Rangers recorded their third consecutive walkoff win over the Angels thanks to Adrian Beltre's homer in the ninth inning. The win brought the Rangers to within four games of the Oakland A's in the AL West and finished off a sweep that may have temporarily saved the season.
The fact that Daniels didn't land a bat at the deadline seemed to embolden certain players in the Rangers clubhouse. Ian Kinsler told reporters he didn't believe the team needed another bat. And there's something to be said for battle-tested players tryi...