Upton one of many claimed by Rangers
The Rangers are one of the teams who put in a waiver claim on Arizona outfielder Justin Upton. The Rangers, according to one source, have put in waiver claims on a number of players, including Upton. But the Rangers have the best record in the American League and that makes it difficult for them to be awarded the claim on any player.
That was the case with Upton and another team will be awarded the claim.
Upton is a National League player. So he would have to pass through all N.L. teams before an A.L. team would have a shot him. All A.L. teams would then have to pass on Upton before the Rangers were awarded the claim. That didn’t happen.
But what is happening is the Rangers are still exploring ways to get better as the last Trade Deadline approaches. Players must be acquired by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for post-season. The Rangers acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur on Aug. 31, 2010 and reliever Mike Gonzalez on the same day last year.