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July 30, 2011

Rangers' pursuit of reliever could push Sunday deadline

The Rangers continue to speak with San Diego about closer Heath Bell and have also been in discussions with Baltimore about Koju Uehara as the non-waiver trade deadline gets closer and closer. Any deal, especially for Bell, might not be completed until just before the 3 p.m. deadline Sunday.

San Diego has told interested clubs that it will take its time considering all deals to make sure they are getting the best package for Bell, who has reached 30 saves for a third straight year. They are believed to have interest in Double A starters Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland, who tossed a no-hitter Friday night.

Baltimore already has a nice collection of young pitchers but likely would want one in exchange for Uehara. The Orioles also will have a hole a first base after this season as Derrek Lee's one-year deal expires, and Chris Davis might be attractive to them.

-- Jeff Wilson


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what a godawful deal. we had to give up Davis AND Hunter to get a 36 year old reliever?! are you freaking kidding me? one of those for this guy would have been pushing it. both is completely absurd. horrendous deal. if you're gonna pay that much in youth/talent you better be getting the equivalent of a half season of Mariano Rivera, not some 36 year old nearly-end-of-game reliever. just atrocious. there's no way the Padres wouldn't have dealt the much better Bell for this price.

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