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July 31, 2013

Rangers don't add hitter before trade deadline

The non-waiver trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. Wednesday without the Texas Rangers finding a deal to upgrade their offense.

Club officials were lukewarm to a market that didn't include any impact bats and saw the price for available hitters to be too high for what they would likely provide. Even though a suspension to Nelson Cruz is likely coming, the Rangers didn't bite on White Sox outfielder Alex Rios or a right-handed hitter who could platoon in the outfielder corners or a first base.

The Rangers made their splash July 22 when they acquired right-hander Matt Garza, the best player available on this year's market. But the offense, despite consecutive wins, continues to have issues and will have more once Cruz is penalized for his role in the Biogenesis of America scandal.

-- Jeff Wilson

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