Rangers Rumors: Trade deadline fire sale could be on the way for Texas

The defending champion Rangers have had a disappointing season and changes could be on the way.
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It has been a very disappointing season for the defending World Series champion Texas Rangers. After winning 90 games last year and going on a magic carpet ride to capture their first ever championship, Texas already appears to be out of contention this season.

At 43-48, they are 5.5 games back of first place in the AL West and 7.0 back in the Wild Card race. Hope is not completely lost, but it looks as though they may pivot and focus on 2025 and beyond rather than push all their chips in for a repeat.

Thus, a fire sale at the trade deadline is on the table. According to Bob Nightengale, the Rangers are expected to make Max Scherzer, David Robertson, Michael Lorenzen, and Andrew Heaney available in the coming weeks unless a "dramatic turnaround" takes place.

Rangers Rumors: Texas primed for possible fire sale at trade deadline

The Rangers have obviously not had a good season, and it's clear that selling at the deadline makes sense if they can't turn it around. All the names listed as potential trade candidates are on short-term deals, so the departures wouldn't affect the foundation of the roster, but it also wouldn't be a complete surprise to see Nathan Eovaldi garner some interest.

The veteran right-hander and postseason hero is unlikely to hit his vesting option for 2025, thus making him an intriguing trade candidate as a rental starter for a contending team, though both he and Scherzer have no-trade clauses in their contracts, which could make things difficult.

Robertson is also an interesting trade candidate, as he possesses closing experience that could be valuable for a contending team looking for help at the back end of their bullpen.

It's going to take a major turnaround for the Rangers to be in the mix for a postseason spot and an opportunity to defend their World Series title, so fans might as well braces for a deadline re-tool with a focus on 2025 if things don't change dramatically over the next couple weeks.