MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers approach to the upcoming July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is to do whatever they can to make the team better for the future.
That approach means Texas, according to sources, will listen to interest on any player on its roster, whether it is pitcher Cole Hamels, third baseman Adrian Beltre or anybody else.
The Rangers will obviously be in a "selling" mode based on being in last place in the American League West, but are in no rush to make a move. Right now, they are content to wait and see what the level of interest is on their players as the Trade Deadline approaches and they continue to scout other teams farm systems.
Hamels is expected to be the Rangers' most attractive player this summer as starting pitching remains a coveted commodity. It is no secret that the Yankees are among the teams looking for starting pitching.
Hamels has a partial no-trade clause that includes the Yanks. No-trade clauses are rarely an impediment to a deal, although Hamels may insist on a club picking up his option for next season in exchange for agreeing to the deal.
Beltre has veto power over all trades due to his 10-and-5 rights. Texas is not trying to move him, but general manager Jon Daniels has talked with Beltre about the possibility. If a team does show interest, Daniels has told Beltre that he will discuss it with him before making a trade. Otherwise, the Rangers are content to let Beltre stay as a leader on a young team and possibly bring him back next year.
Relief pitching is another coveted commodity at the Trade Deadline and that has been a position of strength for Texas. Keone Kela has been exceptional as the closer and veteran relievers Jake Diekman, Tony Barnette and Jesse Chavez have all pitched well.
Gallo gets DH day
Joey Gallo started as the designated hitter in Sunday's 2-0 loss against the Twins at Target Field, finishing 0-for-3. He came out of Saturday's game in the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring.
Gallo has been bothered by the hamstring since Spring Training and had an anti-inflammation injection in April. His situation is different than Beltre's tender left hamstring. Gallo's is in a different spot -- behind the knee -- and less severe.
"It's just lingering a little bit," Gallo said. "Everybody has something that bothers them. There are 162 games, you play through it. I have been playing through this for awhile. It's not a big deal for me."
Molitor reacts to Profar situation
Twins manager Paul Molitor had a curious explanation for Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar getting hit by a pitch three times on Saturday. Molitor's explanation included an apparent admission that the third pitch was intentional.
Apparently, the Twins were irked that Profar stole second base in the fourth inning after getting hit for the second time. Reliever Addison Reed plunked him in the seventh inning.
"It's a rarity when you get hit three times in a game," Molitor said. "The first one, our pitcher got his cleat caught in the dirt. Second one, I think was a borderline strike. With the armor these guys wear, they don't worry about getting out of the way. And then the last time, you know, we wanted to give him an opportunity to steal another base."
Profar been hit by a pitch three times in a game twice this season. Since 2008, the only other player that has happened to is Reed Johnson of the Blue Jays in '06.