Thursday morning Rangers stuff

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: American League All-Star C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers signals in the fourth inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The morning after the day after the All Star Game is generally bereft of meaningful news.

Jeff Wilson takes a look at the first half of the season for the Rangers.

T.R. Sullivan says that the Rangers need to play more consistently in the second half to extend their lead over the Anaheim Angels.

Joey Matches talks about trading prospects to get meaningful additions for this year's playoff chase.

In the S-T, Drew Davison's notes talk about Scott Feldman reportedly being on waivers, with Feldman being able to reject an outright assignment and elect to become a free agent if he clears waivers.  In that case, the Rangers would still be on the hook to pay him his contract, which makes me wonder why they are putting him on waivers in the first place.

However, T.R. Sullivan reports that Feldman will be in the bullpen on Thursday, with Yoshinori Tateyama likely being optioned to make room for Feldman.  Sullivan doesn't really dispute that Feldman was placed on waivers, but does seem to indicate he won't be going to the minors.

Apparently, based on this information, the Rangers put Feldman on outright waivers but didn't do so for the purpose of sending him to AAA right now.  I'm guessing they were doing this in part to see if another team claimed him, thus clearing his salary from the books.  And it may be that, once he clears outright waivers, the Rangers can outright him later this season without running him through there again.

Sullivan writes that relief help is the Rangers' priority on the trade front right now, and runs down the list of likely candidates to bolster the bullpen.

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