ARLINGTON, Texas -- Just one little tweet Wednesday has changed the tone of Texas Rangers players, and not in a good way.
Mike Minor, the Rangers' staff ace and a first-time All-Star a week ago, is more and more likely to be traded, the tweet from MLB.com reporter Jon Paul Morosi said.
A deal isn't imminent, but the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers are said to be interested.
"It does piss us off," Minor said.
He and his teammates don't like the idea of the Rangers, who entered Wednesday five games above .500 and third in the race for the second wild card, suddenly becoming sellers at the July 31 trade deadline.
They believe they are a playoff team and want general manager Jon Daniels to add pieces at the deadline rather than part with the Rangers' best players.
"We've been playing well all season," Minor said. "Anytime that we lose a couple games, they're supposedly ready to deal guys when we have 2 1/2 months left in the season."
The Rangers were hoping Wednesday to avoid a two-game sweep to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who find themselves in a similar buy-or-sell quandary as the Rangers.
Daniels, for his part, said last week that he likely would not trade Minor, but also said that his job is to see what opportunities are out there for the Rangers. A trade for Minor could create some enticing opportunities to acquire young, controllable big leaguers or top minor league prospects.
The left-hander would not be a rental for a contender, as there is one very affordable season ($9.5 million) remaining on the three-year, $28 million contract he signed late in December of 2017.