The Rangers presented a trade proposal to Atlanta of Matt Garza, Joe Nathan and David Murphy for Justin Upton at the trade deadline, which the Braves rejected, sources confirm.
The Rangers were desperately seeking offense at the time as they were struggling with the bats and understood the possibility that Nelson Cruz, their leader in home runs and RBI with 27 and 76, would accept a 50-game suspension for his connection to Biogenesis.
Cruz’s absence certainly hasn’t helped them, and he suggested in the story that he feels badly about that.
The Rangers ultimately acquired outfielder Alex Rios in August after Cruz accepted his penalty, and Rios is hitting .269 (the same as Cruz) in Texas but has only five homers and 17 RBI in 39 games. But Texas may have needed a hitter in addition to Cruz, not only one hitter to replace him.
Source: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports