Rangers still in market for a hitter

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers improved their starting rotation Monday by trading for Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza.

Will a hitter follow?

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels offered an honest assessment of his team's offense in his news conference to discuss Monday's trade for Garza, who is likely to pitch Wednesday night against the New York Yankees.

The Rangers led all of Major League Baseball with 808 runs scored last year. They entered Monday's game against the Yankees eighth in the American League in runs, averaging 4.3 runs per game.

"Our offense hasn't been at the level of the last couple of years," Daniels said. "When you lose 70 home runs from last year's club, that's not necessarily a surprise."

Whatever you think about the seasons that Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young are having for other teams this season -- Napoli with the Red Sox has been the best of the three -- the Rangers miss the production those players provided the past three seasons. Or in Napoli's case two.

Because of that, the Rangers are still in the market for a hitter and will explore options that could include Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios or, who knows, Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, among other names rumored to be available.

Daniels remains hopeful that some of his own players, such as shortstop Elvis Andrus and left fielder David Murphy, snap out of what have been season-long struggles. Both players have come out of the break looking refreshed and more relaxed at the plate.

"I still think that internally we've got some real improvements from guys that have had different reasons why they've struggled and we believe in them," Daniels said. "If there is another addition, and I don't know if there will be, but it will probably be more on the offensive side with a bat to help carry the load."