Having already given up on any chance for reaching the postseason, the last-place Texas Rangers are dealing away players.
One day after trading Carl Everett, the Rangers won’t have the same offensive pop as they continue their four-game series with the Anaheim Angeles at Edison Field.
Everett was traded Tuesday to the Chicago White Sox, who will let the Rangers pick either two or three minor leaguers from a pool. The White Sox will also receive cash from Texas to offset part of Everett’s $9.15 million contract.
“I’m going to miss these guys,” Everett said after Texas lost 7-5 at Anaheim. “But unfortunately it comes down to the fact that we’re not winning. You know how it goes in July.”
The Rangers are 32-50 and mired in last place in the AL West. They are trying to shed their older, higher-priced veterans.
“This transaction will allow us to obtain some good young players who we feel can potentially help us at the big league level as we go forward,” Texas general manager John Hart said.
Texas traded slugger Ruben Sierra to the New York Yankees on June 6 for a minor leaguer. Later in the month, the Rangers reached a deal to send Juan Gonzalez to Montreal for prospects, but the slugger exercised his no-trade clause and blocked the move.
Texas had won five of seven before Tuesday’s loss.
The defending World Series champions reached the midway point of their schedule with a 41-40 record. After 81 games last season, they were 47-34 and four games out of first place in the AL West before making the playoffs as a wild card.
Anaheim has won four of five games.
STANDINGS: Rangers - 4th place, 21 GB, AL West. Angels - 3rd place, 11 1/2 GB, AL West.
RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Joaquin Benoit (3-3, 5.44 ERA). The 25-year-old Benoit is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three career starts against Anaheim. Benoit went five innings, allowing four runs and five hits—three homers—to earn a 10-7 win over Houston on Sunday.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: John Lackey (5-7, 5.47 ERA). After a rocky start to the season, Lackey pitched well in June. He went 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in five starts. The young right-hander outpitched Dodgers ace Kevin Brown on Sunday, allowing five hits in 7 1-3 innings of Anaheim’s 3-0 win over Los Angeles.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rangers - Hank Blalock, .332 avg.; Alex Rodriguez, 21 HRs, 53 RBIs, 55 runs and 7 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .314 avg., 19 HRs and 68 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 49 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Rangers, 5-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rangers - SS Rodriguez is 4-for-11 with three home runs against RHP Lackey. … Texas is last in the majors with a 6.12 ERA. … 2B Michael Young hit two home runs on Tuesday. He has four career two-homer games. Angels - RHP Troy Percival has 17 saves in 18 chances. … 3B Glaus’ home run on Tuesday ended a string of 68 at bats without a homer. … DH Brad Fullmer underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. His leg will be immobilized for six months before he begins a rehabilitation program.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 14-27 on the road; Angels - 23-18 at home.
INJURIES: Rangers - LHP Aaron Fultz (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL. Angels - INF Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.