Rosenthal notes that the Rangers could sell a starter such as Yovani Gallardo, an impending free agent, but could consider buying Cole Hamels, a pitcher under team control for the next few years.
The Rangers probably won't contend this season, but with a few upgrades, could contend in the future. Yu Darvish is out for the season with the Tommy John surgery, and if they do go out and get Hamels, they would make a nice one-two punch in 2016 and beyond.
Gallardo, in particular, would make a good lower-end starter for teams in need of such. The 29-year-old right-hander was traded from the Brewers to the Rangers during the offseason and has done a good job with his new team.
On the season, Gallardo is 7-7 with a 2.67 ERA (3.51 FIP) in 18 starts, posting a 76 to 36 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 107 2/3 innings pitched. He is a cheap and perhaps valuable option for a team who could not get Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, or Scott Kazmir.