Rangers balk at putting Mazara in Sale talks

Rangers balk at putting Mazara in Sale talks

KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers covet White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, but they do not want to put outfielder Nomar Mazara in a potential trade. That could be a deal-breaker as Chicago continues to listen on Sale with the intent of getting maximum value in return.

The Rangers are being flexible about infielder Jurickson Profar, Triple-A third baseman Joey Gallo and some of their pitching. But they aren't willing to include Mazara, who went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in Saturday night's 7-4 win over the Royals. He is now hitting .287 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs.

Sale was scheduled to pitch for the White Sox on Saturday night against the Tigers, but he was scratched from the start.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement, "Chris Sale has been scratched from tonight's scheduled start and sent home from the ballpark by the White Sox due to a clubhouse incident before the game. The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club."

The Rangers continue their ongoing discussions with the Rays about right-hander Jake Odorizzi and left-hander Matt Moore. Tampa Bay isn't willing to talk about Chris Archer, whom Texas would love to acquire. The Rays also want Profar included in any deal for Odorizzi and Moore.

The Rangers also continue to have interest in Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner, who is 4-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 15 starts. They think the former TCU star can be salvaged into a productive starter, especially with a change of scenery.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.