The Texas Rangers are considered by some to be the best team in Major League Baseball right now. They have an outstanding offense, the best hitter in the American League, and 7 All Stars. The one thing they don't have that they need in order to make the third time the charm and win the World Series this year. That one thing is pitching.
Pitching is one of the most important things that a team needs when it comes to being successful in the postseason. Offense definitely helps and the Rangers have that one covered. If the Rangers added a top of the rotation starter to their team, they would most definitely be the favorites to get to the World Series from the American League and most likely the favorite to win it all.
There are a couple really good pitchers on the trading block this year. Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels top that list. The trade that I think the Rangers must make is the trade for Cole Hamels. He has been the ace for the Phillies while Cliff Lee struggles and Halladay is injured. Hamels is 10-4 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.099 WHIP. No Rangers pitcher has an ERA lower than Hamels' and only Colby Lewis has a lower WHIP.
It's obvious that the Rangers need to make this move, but what is the cost? Right now there are reports out saying that the Phillies want four or five premium prospects for Hamels. That's a high price for a pitcher with a contract expiring at the end of the season. The Rangers, however, must make this trade happen despite what it costs.
The Phillies have set the price high, but my personal opinion is that their asking price will go down. The Rangers have the prospects to give up in order to get Hamels, and I think they can do it. The Rangers have to realize that they have the chance to win big this year and have to give up whatever it takes.
Hamels puts the Rangers over the edge. He gives the Rangers what they need and what they don't have. If the Rangers trade for Hamels, they can win the World Series. That's a trade a team has to make.