Rangers GM Daniels Says Trade Market Is Picking Up

Josh Clark
June 18, 2018 - 5:06 pm
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ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan) - Texas Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels says the trade market is starting to pick up steam as the July 31 trade deadline draws closer. 

"It's just starting to pick up. Internally, we're just trying to prepare for some things. I've had a few conversations but not a ton yet. It's just at the point where teams are starting to reach out and exchange notes ... who's looking for what," Daniels told The Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan. 

"Every year, there's a couple guys that get moved early, maybe in June, and a few more before the All-Star break. You don't see the bulk of the volume until afterwards. Right now, it's teams kind of laying the foundation for those talks."

With Texas having a record of 29-44 and currently sitting 19 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West, all eyes are on Daniels to continue rebuilding the club's farm system. 

Among the players that could be dealt ahead of the deadline include: Cole Hamels, Adrian Beltre, Keone Kela, Jake Diekman, and others. 

Hamels is earning $22.5 million this season and has a $20 million club option for 2019. 

According to Jon Morosi of mlb.com, the teams Hamels can't block a trade to are the Mariners, Cardinals, Nationals, Astros, Cubs, Phillies, Royals, Rays and Braves.