MLB News: Jon Daniels Explains Why Ranges Didn't 'Sell' At The Trade Deadline

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The Texas Rangers made a huge financial investment in the offseason. Unfortunately, that hasn't paid off thus far, as they're still sitting below .500 and are a long shot at making the postseason.

So, why were they so passive during MLB's trade deadline? Why didn't they offload their expiring contracts if they were sellers? Or why didn't they make a risky move if they still thought they could compete?

Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels made it crystal clear.

The Plan Changed

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The Rangers originally expected to be buyers at this point. However, the struggles on the field, made them shift their focus drastically:

“Our general intent was to help the club this year, as well as build for the future and really address putting together pieces that could help us win in 2023 and beyond,” Daniels said. “I think how we played here in the last couple of weeks and then just the nature of the standings, our focus shifted slightly from that more to players that would be here in 2023 and beyond.”

They Need Their Veterans

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Most expected them to trade veterans Matt Moore and Martin Perez. They both turned back the clock this season and gauged league-wide interest, yet the Rangers thought they'd be more valuable as mentors, especially because other teams wouldn't meet their asking price:

"As you see in the market, the players on expiring contracts generally get very low returns, in terms of the players back," Daniels added. "So for a couple of guys here — Martín and Matt in particular, that are so important to this club — we just felt like we weren’t going to be at the whim of the market, we weren’t just gonna take the best offer at the last minute.”

Perez, Moore Could Extend Their Stay

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Also, the Rangers still see both Moore and Perez as cornerstones of their project and hope they can work out an extension in the offseason:

“Most importantly, we have an exclusive opportunity to negotiate an extension, should that be an avenue that we can find some common ground (on) with both players,” GM Chris Young said. “That was something that came into consideration for us, having that opportunity to potentially negotiate prior to an open market.”

They Didn't Want To Overpay

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The Rangers were also in the mix for some reinforcements but they didn't want to jeopardize their future for a long shot at a postseason berth this year:

"Really, it just came down to the bid and the ask. You know going in — when you’re trying to compete to win a competitive bid, it’s going to get uncomfortable, and you have to be in that range to even have a shot," Daniels explained. "We were well beyond that point on a couple of specific guys, and ultimately, we decided not to take that next step.”

It seems like the Rangers finally have a plan. It may take a while before they go back to contention, but at least they're trying.