Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 9/23/13

Buried in this article by Bob Nightengale of USA Today about Nelson Cruz's absence hurting the Rangers is this little nugget about how the Rangers tried to solve their outfield woes in July - by trying to trade for Braves left fielder Justin Upton. The Rangers, trying to solve that power void, tried to pull off a blockbuster deal for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton before the July 31 trade deadline. The Rangers offered starter Matt Garza, All-Star closer Joe Nathan and outfielder David Murphy, but they were rejected, two high-ranking club officials told USA TODAY Sports Talk about desperation, and ridiculous desperation at that. Garza and Murphy will both be free agents after the season, while Nathan has a club option for $9 million for the 2014 season, which is an obscene cost for a franchise like Atlanta to pay for a reliever that isn't even their best reliever. Furthermore, Murphy has been terrible this year, hitting .220/.280/.376 to go along with a severe platoon split against left-handers So essentially, Texas GM Jon Daniels was trying to improve his team's offense for 2013, 2014, and 2015 while giving the Braves, who were already in the midst of running away with the NL East at the time, a downgrade on offense while potentially improving a pitching staff that didn't need much improving. Someone called this a trade you'd make in a video game, and that's a comparison that makes a lot of sense. Atlanta didn't need to vastly revamp their team, and they wouldn't be trading Upton for three impending free agents less than six months after trading four minor leaguers and their starting third baseman for him. While it's true that Upton hasn't been as great as expected (.260/.353/.463), he still leads the club with 26 home runs and has been one of the most valuable hitters on the team this year. Going from Upton to Murphy would have been a huge downgrade for Atlanta, and you need to wonder where the team would have been if they didn't have Upton and his .298/.392/.631 August line after the trade. [USA Today] [follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Aaron Rodgers undergoes surgery to repair broken collarbone

Groundbreaking for Raiders' new Las Vegas stadium set for next month

Redskins' Jay Gruden throws tremendous praise Carson Wentz's way

Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager

Former Cowboys exec: Dak Prescott won't ever be as good as Carson Wentz

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jameis Winston will be full participant in Friday's practice

Tennessee grocery store calls for Butch Jones' firing with amazing cake

Giants owner: McAdoo was not pressured to give up play-calling

Report: Red Sox to name Alex Cora manager after ALCS

The New York Yankees have taken complete control

Cam Newton skips press conference, but why?

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker