Daniels: Rangers are active on trade front

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have been reported to be the top contender for Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza, but general manager Jon Daniels had nothing to say on the subject during a press conference Thursday with the media.

He said the club is active in trade talks and because the Rangers are in contention in the American League West and for a wild card spot, they are initiating most of the discussion.

"We have expectations and goals and we would like to reward the club and help these guys, the way they've played," Daniels said.

The Rangers could use a starting pitcher and a right-handed bat, which is why players such as Garza and his teammate with the Cubs, former Texas All-Star Alfonso Soriano, and Chicago White outfielder Alex Rios have been mentioned as possible acquisitions for the Rangers.

Daniels said there's not one addition the Rangers have placed a priority on between a pitcher or position player.

"You could go both ways on it and we're having active conversations on both fronts," Daniels said. "I don't know sitting here right now exactly where it's going to head. But we'd like to upgrade the club if we can."

The Rangers are not ready to give right-handed hitter Manny Ramirez a chance yet. Ramirez will remain with Triple-A Round Rock while the club continues to evaluate what the 41-year old designated hitter has left. Ramirez is batting .300 and has hit three home runs in eight games. He was expected to be in the Round Rock lineup Thursday night.

Ramirez doesn't have an out in his minor league deal with the Rangers, so they can take their time. Daniels did say he is getting good reports on Ramirez off the field.

"From a clubhouse perspective and as a teammate, it's been very positive," Daniels said. "We knew when we signed him that we were going to give him a few weeks minimum to sit on that and make an evaluation and see where he is and if there's a spot here and whether he can help us. Those are still things we are evaluating."

Daniels also said the organization isn't in panic mode over what could happen with Nelson Cruz, whose name has been linked to a possible suspension because of his involvement with the Miami Biogenesis Clinic.

MLBPA Union Head Michael Weiner said during a news conference this week at the All-Star Game that any suspensions resulting from the Biogenesis investigation likely won't be served until 2014, if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator. He said he expects MLB to present its findings to the union "within the next month."

"Until there is something official that we can respond to, there's really not much we can say," Daniels said.