ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' bullpen woes have been well-documented, and many news outlets have linked the Rangers with various relievers who are believed to be on the trade block.
One could say that they already have a big transaction in the works, however. On Friday the team called up Tommy Hunter, and soon will do the same with Darren O'Day, two proven pitchers who are coming off rehabilitation stints.
Even though Hunter has only pitched out of the bullpen once in his Major League career, he has encouraged the Rangers' front office by showing an increase in fastball velocity out of the bullpen. O'Day is a proven commodity, having held opposing offenses to 28 earned runs in 125 innings since joining the Rangers in 2009.
While those two are joining the club, do not expect the trade market chatter about the Rangers acquiring bullpen help to let up.
"Tommy Hunter and O'Day are definitely going to be a shot in the arm for us, but we're going to keep looking," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We're trying to get better than better. They make us better, but we want to be better than that. So we're going to keep looking."
Washington would not say that the bullpen is the only area that the Rangers would be looking to improve, saying that any trade that makes the team better would be something that they would consider.
"We're looking at everything. There is nothing that we're not looking at," Washington said. "When something becomes available and you can help yourself, decisions will be made. We're looking, and we'll make those decisions when we have to make them. It's not just one area, it's every area."