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As the trade deadline neared and the Rangers pitching woes added up, the trade rumors for Chris Sale raged on. Oh, and the Rangers won their sixtieth game of the year, 8-3, over Kansas City at home, on the strength of three home runs, two from Odor, one from Profar, and another strong start from A. J. Griffin, who ran his record to 4-1. In the end, the rumors of a deal with the White Sox, Rays or Phillies never happened, while deals with the Brewers and Yankees did. But, headscratchingly, not for pitching.


Originally published July 30, 2016.

72 hours to go.

The scouts are all here. Eyeballing. Taking notes. Kicking tires. Trying on the merchandise.

The Rangers are showcasing.

Profar at short. Profar at second. Now Profar in left. Here’s what Profar looks like leading off.

Interested in a Joey Gallo? He can play first. He can DH. Where do you want us to try him out? Catcher? Uh, okay sure, we can try that.

Mazara? Tonight we will bat him second so you get a sense of what you could be getting. Tomorrow night, sixth. Anywhere else you want to see him hit?

Baseball’s shopping season otherwise known as the trade deadline is open for business. And the stands behind home plate are more crowded with than the mall at Christmas.

There are rumors of deals in the works with the White Sox, the Rays, the Phillies, now even the Brewers and Yankees. And if the past is any indication, what will probably happen is a deal that absolutely nobody saw coming.

If you are a scout, or someone in possession of a quality starting pitcher, catcher and relief pitcher, check out the merchandise at the Texas Rangers store. The Rangers just might have what you are shopping for, in just your size and price range.

Some come on down to the Shopping Mall in Arlington for the big 72-hour end of July blowout extraveganza. We are dealing. Make us an offer. No reasonable offer will be refused. Check out the new ’16 models on the showroom. You buy here, you pay here. Buy one, get one free. Caveat emptor. Prices and participation may vary. Look for our last-minute doorbusters. Save big. Ugrade today. Interested in an Elvis? Financing available. Hot deals on hot players. Limited time, while supplies last.

All Chris Sales are final.