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Padres trade rumors: Rangers interested in Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross

Texas is no longer seeking top rental players.

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Texas is done considering rental players that cannot contribute beyond 2015. The Rangers have been linked to Cole Hamels, and according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the club is interested in Padres starters Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross.

Minor deals for impending free agents might be realistic, however the Rangers are hoping to add players that produce at least over the next few seasons. Texas is seeking a top of the rotation starter and is considered to be one of the two favorites to land Hamels over the next few days. Hamels is expected to be dealt by the Phillies and he still has several years remaining on his contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman notes the Padres are hoping to trim their payroll after an inconsistent first half, and although neither Cashner nor Ross are notably expensive, dealing one of both might clear roster spots for more affordable options.

Ross, 28, is under club control through 2017 and has posted a 3.45 ERA and 2.75 FIP over 122.2 innings this season. He has proven to be a durable starting option and posted a 2.81 ERA over 195.2 innings with the Padres last season. Cashner has had a comparable amount of success this season, pitching to a 3.93 ERA and 3.77 FIP over 116.2 innings. He is set to become a free agent at the end of next season.

Cashner is due $4 million at the end of the year and Ross' 2015 salary is $5.2 million, likely making both affordable front line starting options for the Rangers.

Houston has consistently been connected to both Cashner and Ross, however after the Astros acquired Scott Kazmir on Thursday afternoon, it is unlikely they consider adding either of two San Diego starters. Since Cashner and Ross are controllable starters, any deal would likely require a significant return. But if the Rangers are hoping to compete for a playoff spot, adding Cashner or Ross might prove to be beneficial.