The Texas Rangers found themselves in an unfamiliar position for most of the season—atop the AL West.
However, instead of getting a big-name player at the trading deadline, the Rangers decided to stick with the young talent that’s been successful this season.
Now, they’ll look to retake first place in the AL West as they conclude their four-game series with the Oakland Athletics at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.
The Rangers were involved in talks for big-name players in this year’s trade market, but decided against dealing rising stars Laynce Nix or Kevin Mench or any of their minor league pitching prospects.
“We said no a lot,” Texas general manager John Hart said. “We had some interesting things presented to us, things we tried for but were unsuccessful primarily because other clubs stepped up bigger.
“I think it was obvious we weren’t going to trade any of our core young players from the big league club, not that we weren’t asked about them, and we weren’t going to trade our better young players from the minor leagues.”
The Rangers made only one deal before Saturday’s trade deadline, acquiring Scott Erickson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later. Hart said that the player will not be a top prospect.
“Scott Erickson is a veteran pitcher who has an excellent pedigree,” Hart said. “We hope he can come in here and help stabilize our staff until we get some of the guys back who are currently on the disabled list.”
The Mets picked up starters Kris Benson and Victor Zambrano, two of the pitchers the Rangers had considered trading for, on Friday. New York designated Erickson for assignment Wednesday after he was 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA in two starts.
Erickson will have a few throwing sessions with pitching coach Orel Hershiser and could make his Rangers debut next week.
The A’s beat the Rangers 9-4 on Saturday, moving a half-game ahead of Texas in the West a day after falling into second place. Bobby Kielty doubled and drove in two runs for Oakland, which has won seven of its last eight.