ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rangers have faced the Rays two years in a row in the playoffs, but they have never made a trade with them. The Rays started playing in 1998, but they remain the only team that the Rangers have never completed a trade with in their history. "There have been a couple of things we've talked about," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We have a good relationship with their group, it just hasn't happened."
In the 50-year history of the franchise, the Rangers, according to baseball-reference.com, have made 41 trades with the Indians, two more than they've made with the Yankees. That's been their most common trade partner. They have made just one trade -- for pitcher Dustin Nippert -- with the D-backs. Daniels said he hasn't made a trade with the Dodgers, Angels, Rays and Cardinals in his six years as general manager. He made his first with the Blue Jays this winter when he acquired catcher Mike Napoli for reliever Frank Francisco. Both the Dodgers and the Angels had some interest in Mark Teixeira before he was traded to the Braves on July 31, 2007. The Rangers haven't made a deal with the Dodgers since 1990 when they acquired pitcher Jim Poole for pitchers David Lynch and Steve Allen. That's the longest they've gone without making a trade with a team. There have been 29 players who have played with both the Rays and the Rangers, a list that includes Jose Canseco, Julio Franco, Hank Blalock, Gabe Kapler and John Rocker. It does not include Josh Hamilton, who was drafted by the Rays but never played for them at the Major League level.