Some stuff that's out there this afternoon:
● The Rangers will need to vacate a spot on their active roster for the purpose of making room to add new acquisition Mike Adams, and in the view of Kevin Sherrington, there are apparently three possible scenarios -- Texas could option Yoshinori Tateyama or Mark Lowe to Triple-A Oklahoma City, or stick Arthur Rhodes on the disabled list, since "it wouldn’t be difficult to find something amiss in a 41-year-old pitcher’s arm or shoulder" (Dallas Morning News)
[Looking beyond the ease with which Sherrington believes Texas can shelve Rhodes (and not minding the fact that fabricating injuries isn't quite as easy as some people make it out to be), I have a very difficult time seeing the point in continuing to carry Rhodes. The only real argument you can make for him is that he has effectively suppressed left-handed batters' BABIPs (.214) this season and is the only experienced left-handed insurance the Rangers have against Darren Oliver succumbing to injury, but then you dig a little deeper and find that he's proven frighteningly fly ball-prone against batters from both sides and boasts a meager 7-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio against lefties this year (in just only 10.1 innings) -- and, well, if you've got a situational pitcher who isn't even that good in those situations that his role calls for him to excel in, I just don't know how you can justify keeping him around while axing one of Lowe or Tateyama.
Update: Per MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, Rhodes has, in fact, been designated for assignment this afternoon. This leaves Texas with a bullpen composed of Neftali Feliz, Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, Darren Oliver, Mark Lowe, Yoshinori Tateyama, and Scott Feldman. That's a pretty filthy collection of talent.]
● During the month of July, the Rangers' relief corps logged 58.2 total innings en route to posting a 3.68 ERA (17th), 3.87 fielding-independent ERA (18th), and 3.52 expected fielding-independent ERA (12th) while posting up a top-eight strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7.2 strikeouts to 2.6 walks per nine innings (FanGraphs)
[I mention this here in part because I've seen a few media types perpetuating the idea that the Rangers' bullpen was still an unmitigated disaster when these trades went down, and that's just not the case -- sure, it still wasn't great, but at least it had improved into fringe-middle-of-the-pack territory. Here's another indication of that positive trend: there's a WPA-based pair of statistics called "shutdowns" and "meltdowns" that indicate when a particular reliever has either added or subtracted six percent from his team's win expectancy during the course of his performance. In May, the Rangers bullpen posted 18 shutdowns against a horrendous 18 meltdowns. In June, that ratio improved to 12-7. In July? 14-7. And it stands to improve even further in August. Just saying.]
● According to one major league source, the Rangers offered Oakland a "strong package" for closer Andrew Bailey before crossing the finish line on their trades for Kolji Uehara and Mike Adams -- one believed to include Robbie Erlin, Joe Wieland, and Leury Garcia (Ken Rosenthal, FOXSports.com)
[It's not clear whether the package ended here, or whether there would have been even more pieces coming into the Athletics' possession, but that three-player bundle just didn't have sufficient punch in it for Billy Beane to pull the trigger on moving Bailey (particularly since the inclusion of Garcia added minimal value, as the extreme defensive value is almost completely offset by the deficiencies in his bat and offensive upside), and I think people on both sides are pretty satisfied with the way things turned out.]