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Texas Rangers Trade Rumors: Texas More Likely To Upgrade Bench Than Rotation

If you're expecting the Texas Rangers to acquire Justin Upton, Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, you're probably not alone. While it's fun to speculate and conjure up trade scenarios, the Rangers do have competition and they don't need any of Greinke, Hamels or Upton, so a trade isn't necessarily likely.

Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown believes that the Rangers aren't likely to go forward with a summer blockbuster this year.

The Texas Rangers are staying on top of the pitching market at the trading deadline and are prepared to engage on Cole Hamels, Ryan Dempster and Zack Greinke if the need arises or the prices drop. As of Thursday, however, the Rangers are more likely to upgrade their bench and - for one summer, anyway - leave the bigger moves to other clubs.

Of course, the best way to upgrade the bench would be to trade for a designated hitter, moving Michael Young to the bench, where he belongs at this stage of his career.

Still, Jon Daniels is a master of misdirection, so a blockbuster is certainly not out of the question.

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