It's time for a Texas fire sale

The Rangers have bottomed out; almost every name should be on the table

Updated: July 14, 2014, 1:20 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

FielderCooper Neill/Getty ImagesAfter four straight 90-win seasons, Prince Fielder and the Rangers are in last place in the AL West.
When the season began, the Texas Rangers seemed like contenders. They had won 90 or more games in each of the past four seasons, and nabbed the 2010 and 2011 American League pennants along the way. They also made multiple splashy additions in the offseason and seemed poised for another October playoff trip.

Each baseball season brings surprises, though, and in the past three months, the Rangers have completely unraveled, with injuries a major culprit.

The Rangers have been terrible in 2014 -- so bad that we don't need advanced metrics to paint a convincing picture. When the outlook is this bleak -- 38-57 at the All-Star break, 21 games back in the AL West -- the only question is where to begin the recovery efforts.

In Texas, we may be about to witness the beginning of a fire sale. The Rangers need to clean house. Despite landing two players on Keith Law's ranking of the top 25 players under 25 this year, Texas has an overall dearth of young talent with impact. Outside of those two young studs -- Martin Perez and Jurickson Profar, out for the season with a torn UCL and a shoulder muscle tear, respectively -- the team has little in the way of young players capable of making things better in the very short term.