1. Since clubbing a walk-off homer against Houston back on June 21st, Mitch Moreland has posted a sub-.500 OPS (.167/.231/.250), and now finds his seasonal batting line sitting at just .267/.329/.440. Is there any kind of thought whatsoever that Chris Davis might represent an improvement over the status quo at first base? If not, how far would Moreland's batting line need to fall before you lent serious consideration to the idea?
2. Rank the four biggest and most valuable gems in the Rangers' farm system right now (LHP Martin Perez, CF Leonys Martin, SS Jurickson Profar, and LHP Robbie Erlin) in terms of personal attachment , with the first name you list being the prospect you least want to see traded this month, the second name being the prospect you could more easily bear to part with than the first, and so on.
3. Let's suppose that the Rangers decide Carlos Beltran will not be in their future, and stick with Craig Gentry and Endy Chavez as their center-field platoon du jour. Let's also suppose that Leonys Martin keeps raking in the high minors, and that Gentry and Chavez together would be good for something like .275/.320/.365 the rest of the way. Given all the talk about Martin being able to help the Rangers this season, would you be open to making a change in center field and giving him meaningful playing time if things played out in this way? If so, when?
4. There are reports that the Rangers are calling about Athletics closer Andrew Bailey, a legitimately dominant late-inning man under club control through 2014 but also troubled by injuries this season. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that Oakland is demanding Martin Perez, Chris Davis, and "one more good minor league pitcher" for Bailey, which is, of course, absurd ... but if you were Jon Daniels, what would be the most you could comfortably offer for Bailey?