The only trade discussion with any traction for the Rangers involves Jeff Francoeur, a right-handed-hitting outfielder for the Mets. A source said that talks with Boston for Mike Lowell, Colorado for Ryan Spilborghs and Los Angeles for Reed Johnson have broken off after those clubs determined that those players are not expendable.
The Rangers see a need for added a right-handed-hitting outfielder as left-handers have had success of late against the AL West leaders. But the Rangers aren't concerned about the left-handers that Oakland can throw at them down the stretch. The Rangers are more concerned about C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and David Price, Yankees and Rays left-handers who could face the Rangers in the postseason.
The waiver trade deadline arrives at 11 p.m. tonight.
-- Jeff Wilson