The latest and greatest trade rumors surrounding the Texas Rangers have them after a bullpen arm - which isn't terribly surprising. It is, however, a bit surprising that Andrew Bailey of the Oakland Athletics is rumored to be the most likely addition to Texas' bullpen - at least according to Brady Tinker of Fox Sports Southwest.
This report comes in conjunction with Jim Bowden's saying that the Padres and Rangers aren't making progress towards a trade that would bring Heath Bell to Texas. Bowden predicted that the standoff between San Diego and Texas would go down until the deadline itself.
Jayson Stark reported earlier today that Texas had been balking at San Diego's asking price on Bell as well - which was three of Texas' top 12 prospects in their system. Despite Bell's recent successes, that price is simply too high to pay for a two month rental for a pitcher that hasn't been dominant.
Jon Daniels could now indeed have his sights set on making a trade with Billy Beane and the A's for Bailey.