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Rangers, Brewers discussed multiple options

Rangers, Brewers discussed multiple options

Rangers, Brewers discussed multiple options
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers aren't interested in putting infielders Mike Olt or Jurickson Profar in any trade for pitching. That includes Zack Greinke, whom the Rangers tried to acquire on Friday from the Brewers before he was traded to the Angels.

The Rangers' unwillingness to include Olt in the deal did not keep the talks continuing with the Brewers. According to sources, the Brewers also proposed deals that included left-handed pitcher Martin Perez, but the Rangers weren't willing to go there.

Also discussed was a deal that would have involved the Rangers sending pitchers Justin Grimm and Chad Bell, infielder Leury Garcia and catcher Jorge Alfaro to the Brewers. The Rangers were willing to do Grimm, Bell and Garcia for Greinke.

The Brewers ended up trading Greinke to the Angels for infielder Jean Segura and Double-A pitchers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena. Greinke is scheduled to pitch for the Angels on Sunday against the Rays and is not expected to pitch against the Rangers during their four-game series that starts Monday at the Rangers Ballpark.

"That's Angels business," infielder Michael Young said. "It has nothing to do with us. We're going to make sure we continue to focus on us and the things and what we have to do. [Greike's] a great pitcher, obviously. He's had a great career. But we have to focus on making our own team better."

"They got better," manager Ron Washington said of the Angels. "They already had good pitching."

The Rangers continue to have trade discussions with other teams. Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson's name has been brought up, but the Rangers' interest has been tepid, especially considering the asking price. Rays right-hander James Shields has also been mentioned. But Rays manager Joe Maddon said he doesn't expect Shields to be traded before Tuesday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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