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07:18 AM ET 09.23 | These days, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz can't do much more than wait. The Rangers aren't saying anything publicly about the possibility of Cruz returning for the playoffs. Yet it's no secret they need him, even after the acquisition of Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios. Cruz was their leading power hitter with 27 homers and 76 RBI at the time of his suspension. They've scored two or fewer runs in 10 of the last 22 games. The Rangers, trying to solve that power void, tried to pull off a blockbuster deal for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton before the July 31 trade deadline. The Rangers offered starter Matt Garza, All-Star closer Joe Nathan and outfielder David Murphy, but they were rejected, two high-ranking club officials told USA TODAY Sports.

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September 23, 2013  07:25 AM ET

Cruz really put his homies in a bind, huh?
Of course, the only reason he was playing well in the first place was the juice, so I see this as fair given that the Rangers got an illegal benefit for 2/3 of the season.

September 23, 2013  07:40 AM ET

Channeling Jim Mora...PLAYOFFS!! Stick a fork in these guys!

September 23, 2013  08:05 AM ET

....always darkest before the dawn....rangers will go all he way and win the ring this year....andrus will be mvp....just need to get a ticket to the dance...

September 23, 2013  08:18 AM ET

<sigh...>

September 23, 2013  08:31 AM ET
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<sigh...>

This mess is on Daniels. You can't fault Washington for not having enough bats available. IMO!

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September 23, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Washington will pay if the Rangers do not make the playoffs and maybe even the GM.

September 23, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Washington will pay if the Rangers do not make the playoffs and maybe even the GM.

I doubt it on both counts.

September 23, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Channeling Jim Mora...PLAYOFFS!! Stick a fork in these guys!

They had a nice run the past couple of years.

September 23, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Washington and Daniels need to go, heck let Ryan go as well...

September 23, 2013  11:14 AM ET

If you let daniels go you are the biggest idiot of all time....

September 23, 2013  11:42 AM ET

SHOCKED they didn't accept that trade. A washed up starter, an old Rp and a marginal OF. Shocked..

September 23, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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....always darkest before the dawn....rangers will go all he way and win the ring this year....andrus will be mvp....just need to get a ticket to the dance...

Rangers won't make the playoffs ...

September 23, 2013  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This mess is on Daniels. You can't fault Washington for not having enough bats available. IMO!

hmmmm ... poor batting, poor pitching, poor fielding, poor base running ...

I think you can fault Wash ... but I also think you can fault the entire team ... same thing happened in 2009 and last year ... it's frustrating as all get out, but ... they're still my team ...

September 23, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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Rangers won't make the playoffs ...

The Sox did though! Go SOX!!

September 23, 2013  12:00 PM ET
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You trade guys like Mike Young and David Murphy and the heart and soul of your team is an instant memory. It's a heartless business.

Digging the dead avi, I'll look past the fact that it's a Yanks logo.

September 23, 2013  12:09 PM ET
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The Sox did though! Go SOX!!

Congrats to the Sox ... but I'm not a fan ...

September 23, 2013  04:02 PM ET

Now if they'd asked for BJ Upton in return, they might well have had a deal.

September 23, 2013  05:50 PM ET

We'll get 'em next year!

 
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