Joey Gallo

Rangers improve without starter or giving up MLB youngsters

The Texas Rangers are still trying to win a World Series five years after twice coming within a strike of their first title.

With another non-waiver trade deadline looming, and the cost of acquiring another starting pitcher apparently too steep, general manager Jon Daniels and his group "audibled a little bit."

Instead of adding to the rotation led by Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, the AL West-leading Rangers traded Monday for someone to catch the two aces and another to relieve them, getting two-time All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and closer Jeremy Jeffress from Milwaukee.

That was after Texas had already acquired All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, the...