Let’s Make A Deal
**ORIGINAL POSTED DATE 7/20/12**
The trading deadline is July 31st each season, and it isn’t uncommon to see teams bide their time to maximize the most value out of their deals and JD and the Rangers are no different. Below is a chart detailing a few of the trades in the past few seasons:
Some other notable trades and their transaction date:
7/28/06- Texas received Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz from Milwaukee in exchange for Francisco Cordero, Kevin Mench, Laynce Nix, and Julian Cordero.
7/31/06- Texas received Matt Stairs from Kansas City in exchange for Joselo Diaz.
7/31/06- Texas received Kip Wells from Pittsburgh in exchange for Jesse Chavez.
Since the 2010 season, the Rangers have only made two trades prior to these two dates. They traded for Cliff Lee on July 9, 2010 and worked out a deal for Bengie Molina on July 1, 2010. Other than these two deals, Jon Daniels has shown patience in the trade market during a pennant chase, but will pull the trigger when the time is right. That’s not to say that waiting is equated to landing a great deal (see Cantu and
Guzman trade), but it does show that JD is willing to wait until the last minute and isn’t phased by the stress of last minute shopping.
We can speculate as to whether or not waiting until the deadline date has any significant meaning behind the negotiating tactics of Jon Daniels, but the most important thing to realize is that it is still very early in the trading process. Twelve days remain until the trading deadline, which is an eternity in terms of working out
a deal. Jon Daniels has a history of making the most out of the last few days in July and I expect this year to be no different. Whether it is an impact player or just help for the bench, if the Rangers make a move this deadline, I would bet on it occurring on July 31st.