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Rangers open to trading Wandy Rodriguez, Shin-Soo Choo

Texas has a crowded rotation and a need for a left-handed bat.

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Texas has a surplus of starting pitching and as a result might move an arm before the non-waiver trade deadline. Wandy Rodriguez is drawing a notable amount of interest, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, and might be dealt over the next few weeks.

Rodriguez, 36, has had success with the Rangers this season, posting a 4.23 ERA and 4.10 FIP over 78.2 innings. He was released by the Braves in the beginning of the April and signed a minor league deal with Texas three days later.

While the Rangers have a notable amount of starting pitching depth, the club could deal Rodriguez and attempt to add a top of the rotation starter. Texas is not expected to be interested in Johhny Cueto, however the organization has been linked to Cole Hamels in the past. Even sitting at 41-42 and seven games out of first place, the Rangers might try and acquire the veteran lefty, who is under team control for the next three seasons. As Rosenthal notes, Texas is expected to compete over that span.

In addition to potentially dealing Rodriguez and trading for Hamels, the Rangers are open to dealing Shin-Soo Choo. Texas is in pursuit of a right-handed hitter since their top right-handed offensive option, third baseman Adrian Beltre, has been inconsistent and struggled before sitting out with a sprained left thumb.

Choo, Prince Fielder, Rougned Odor, Mitch Moreland, and Josh Hamilton all give the Rangers depth from the left-handed side of the plate. Dealing Choo would give the club room for another right-handed bat, however doing so might be challenging since he turns 33 on Monday and has posted a .231/.315/.400 batting line through 75 games. Choo still has success against right-handed pitchers although he struggles against lefties. He is due $102 million over the next five seasons, and Rosenthal adds he has a limited no-trade clause that enables him to block deals to ten squads.

The Rangers are expected to be active and both Rodriguez and Choo could be dealt. But if the organization cannot find a deal it likes, it may wait until the offseason to make notable moves.