As the Rangers decide which players to move in advance of the trade deadline, their best value may be found in the bullpen. According to reports from TR Sullivan of MLB.com, Rangers' relievers Joakim Soria, Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor are all drawing trade interest.
The Angels, Blue Jays and Tigers have all been in contact with the Rangers about a deal for Soria, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Sullivan adds that the asking price for Soria is expected to be a "substantial package" of two or three prospects, which might be too much for a team looking for a closer despite the fact that Soria is under team control on a $7M team option for next season.
Soria, 30, has been excellent this season, posting a 2.76 ERA and saving 16 games in 31 appearances. The return and early success of ex-closer Neftali Feliz makes Soria expendable, so Texas may look to lower their asking price due to their crowded bullpen situation and league-wide need for bullpen help.
Cotts, 34, is 2-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 39 innings on the season and is also a free agent after the season. Frasor has a 3.38 ERA mark through 29.1 innings of work.