Rangers looking to upgrade after All-Star break

The Texas Rangers are coming out of the All-Star break as chasers instead of leaders for the first time in four seasons.

While several injured players are expected back soon, general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday the goal is to "upgrade" the team. Asked if the Rangers would like to add a starting pitcher or a right-handed bat before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Daniels said there were active conversations on both fronts, though he didn't discuss specifics.

Texas trails the Oakland Athletics by two games in the AL West. It is the first time since 2009 that the Rangers weren't division leaders at the break. That was also the last time they missed the playoffs.

Texas is home against Baltimore on Friday night.

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