The Rangers have identified two needs in their bullpen, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. The club would like to find a left-handed reliever to complement Darren Oliver, and a power right-handed arm for the 8th inning.
Sullivan suggests that the Rangers will look first within their organization. For the left-handed role, Triple-A reliever Clay Rapada is perhaps the most likely choice, since the team has no desire to move C.J. Wilson or Derek Holland to the bullpen. As for the right-hander, Sullivan notes Chris Ray could emerge if Frank Francisco continues to struggle, though Ray hasn't exactly been dominant so far either.
If the Rangers' bullpen, which sported a 4.66 ERA coming into tonight's game, does not improve in the near future, the team might be forced to explore trade options. Last week, we identified a few relief pitchers that may be on the market this summer. The Blue Jays, who have a very effective lefty (Scott Downs) and multiple power righties (Jason Frasor, Kevin Gregg) in their 'pen, could potentially match up well with Texas.