Rangers Rumors: MLB insider has huge list of needs for Texas at trade deadline

How might the Rangers attack the MLB trade deadline?
St. Louis Cardinals batter Brendan Donovan
St. Louis Cardinals batter Brendan Donovan / Andy Lyons/GettyImages

The Texas Rangers have been staying afloat in the AL West despite all the team's injuries this season. But with each passing day the Seattle Mariners seemingly put more distance between themselves and the rest of the division.

The MLB trade deadline is a little over a week away, and while most Rangers fans would love to see GM Chris Young acquire some needed talent before July 30, Texas would seem unlikely to be major players at this year's deadline.

But that doesn't mean that the Rangers will sit on their hands over the next few weeks. Though most observers expect the Rangers to be content with the likes of Max Scherzer, Tyler Mahle, Jacob deGrom, and Josh Jung returning to the active roster, others expect Texas to make a few moves ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

Rangers Rumors: MLB insider names players like Brendan Donovan and Eddie Rosario as potential trade targets

Former general manager and current MLB insider Jim Bowden recently penned an article for The Athletic (subscription required) that included a laundry list of potential trade targets for the Rangers. Bowden views middle relief and a bench bat as the Rangers' two biggest needs, and not many fans throughout the Lone Star State would disagree with that.

St. Louis Cardinals utility player Brendan Donovan, Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario, and Chicago White Sox outfielders Tommy Pham and Gavin Sheets were among the position players Bowden named a possible additions to the Rangers roster.

On the relief market, Bowden cited Dylan Floro (Nationals), T.J. McFarland (Cardinals), and Reed Garrett (New York Mets), among others. The Rangers have the backend of their bullpen rather set with David Robertson and Kirby Yates, but adding any one of those pitchers mentioned would definitely give the relief corps a boost during the second half of the 2024 season.

Counting on the return of several injured starters is a bold strategy, but given how much the Rangers have invested in Scherzer and deGrom, it's the prudent approach at this year's MLB trade deadline.

While the Texas faithful may not be overly impressed by some of the names that the Rangers plan to target at the deadline, this year's team has a very similar makeup to the one that took home the Commissioner's Trophy last season. This Rangers squad just needs a few tweaks, not an overhaul.

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