ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are willing to trade closer Joakim Soriaaccording to Major League sources, but are looking for a substantial package in return. Word is the Rangers are looking for two to three prospects in return.
There are a number of teams looking for relief help as the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches, either in the closer's role or setup. The Tigers, Orioles and Angels are among those who are interested in somebody who could potentially close, but the Dodgers, Brewers and Giants are just looking to upgrade their bullpens.
Soria had a 2.76 ERA and 16 saves going into Friday's game and the Rangers have a $7 million option for him next season.There are other closers who could be traded, including Huston Street of the Padres and Jonathan Papelbon of the Phillies.
The Rangers are also getting some interest in right-handed setup reliever Jason Frasor and left-hander Neal Cotts. Both said they are not thinking too much about the possibility.
"Not much," Frasor said. "If it wasn't for the security guard and my cousin, I wouldn't hear much about it at all. I don't think about it much and when I step on the mound, I don't think about it at all … but if it happened, that would be all right too."
Said Cotts, "I don't think about it all. I'm just trying to do my job and help us play better baseball."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.