Good morning. The Rangers have the day off but Jon Daniels certainly doesn't.
Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers' 5-3 series-sweeping victory over the Kansas City Royals yesterday. It felt like the Rangers went like 3-23 in July but they somehow managed an 11-15 record over the last month. By the way, at 7-3 in their last ten games, the Rangers are the second hottest team in the American League behind just the 8-2 Detroit Tigers. Not that we mind, part of that 8-2 run for Detroit included sweeping the second place Astros over the weekend.
Jeff Wilson has his reactions to a nice win as well as the continuous beating of the trade deadline drums.
T.R. Sullivan writes that Texas trading has already gotten off to a good start as Lucas Harrell tossed a quality start in his Rangers debut.
Gil LeBreton muses on the Rangers closing out the month on a positive note by sweeping the defending champs while also looking to enter August with some reinforcements.
Evan Grant has the latest on the Jonathan Lucroy sweepstakes with the Rangers seemingly in the driver's seat to acquire the All-Star catcher after he vetoed a trade to Cleveland.
Wilson writes that acquiring Lucroy might come at a heavy cost as Texas looks to expand the deal to include pitching.
Sullivan writes that indeed the Rangers may add Lucroy even though they've gotten solid production from their catchers this season.
Ryan Posner writes that the Rangers intend to show patience with Joey Gallo ⋅⋅⋅ᵇʸ ᵗʳᵃᵈᶦᶰᵍ ʰᶦᵐ ᵗᵒ ᴹᶦᶫʷᵃᵘᵏᵉᵉ
Grant writes that Gallo could become the ghost of trade deadline present as the Rangers try to pull off a blockbuster with the Brewers.
Finally, Jon Paul Morosi has a look at all the trade deadline storylines ahead of today's 3:00 pm CT cutoff. But, I mean, it's not like you guys will be obsessively refreshing twitter all day anyway, right?
Have a good day (Jon Daniels).