Daniels in no rush to make decisions about trades

Daniels in no rush to make decisions about trades

OAKLAND -- With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline still six weeks away, general manager Jon Daniels is in no rush to come to any conclusions about what the Rangers should do before then.

However, he made it clear the Rangers aren't particularly interested in being "sellers" anytime soon, if at all.

"Right now, we're taking the approach of letting the team play before making any decisions on what we're doing," Daniels said. "With the injuries and other things, we could use help, but at the same time, the team is starting to come together so we're going to use this time to observe and evaluate."

Injuries have had a significant impact on the Rangers' season, but teams that do sell at the Trade Deadline are often looking at major rebuilding programs. Even if the Rangers aren't able to stay in the race this season, they still expect to be contenders next season once guys like Prince Fielder and some others are healthy again.

"If we felt we couldn't be good next year, we'd look at it differently," Daniels said, "but the first thing is, we're not giving up on this season. We're challenged by the injuries, but we're still sitting at .500. Some clubs have separated themselves in both leagues, but beyond that, it's wide open."

That doesn't mean though that the Rangers will be buyers either, not after having given up so much Minor League talent over the past four years while adding players at the Trade Deadline and beyond.

"I'd like to have us settle in and play together a little bit," Daniels said. "It's not our style to give up on a season. We like to go for it when it's there, but you have to realistic."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.