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07/25/11 8:15 PM ET
Washington endorses search for reliever
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington agrees with general manager Jon Daniels. He would like to add a reliever to the Texas bullpen before the Trade Deadline.
"Definitely," Washington said. "Anything we can do to get better, [which] I know Jon Daniels is trying to do. There is no secret we are trying to fortify the bullpen. That's a priority of course."
The Rangers know that the Mets are trying to move outfielder Carlos Beltran. They have received conflicting reports on whether Beltran is willing to waive his no-trade clause to move to the American League. But they know the Mets are looking hard at the Rangers' farm system and had multiple scouts evaluate pitcher Joe Wieland in his start for Double-A Frisco on Sunday night.
It's more likely that the Mets would want Triple-A left-hander Martin Perez in any deal, and that's not going to happen. The Rangers like Beltran and are interested, but they don't see outfield as a priority, not with Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz on the corners, Craig Gentry and Endy Chavez in center and David Murphy in reserve.
There appear to be teams with a much stronger interest and need for Beltran. If the Rangers make a trade before Sunday's deadline, it will most likely be for a reliever, although the possibility of acquiring Beltran remains intriguing.
"I feel pretty good about the outfield," Washington said. "I feel our outfield is solid. Can you get an outstanding starting pitcher? I don't know. If J.D. can get an outstanding outfielder, pull it off. I think we feel comfortable with what we have but if something makes us better in the outfield, starting pitching or bullpen, it's something we'll consider."