I asked six personnel heads who they thought would be the best player traded before the July 31 deadline and where he would go, and, unanimously, it was Matt Garza to the Rangers.

Not long ago, there was a sense the market could have glamour with David Price or Giancarlo Stanton, Cliff Lee or Carlos Gonzalez. But there are not even whispers players of that caliber could be dealt. Of course, there are still two weeks to the non-waiver trade deadline, so the landscape could change.

For now, though, the free-agent-to-be Garza appears the best of the crop. He has gone 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts and has experience pitching well in both the AL East and the postseason.

Several teams are in the market for starters, and my panel thought the Cardinals and Indians would make a push for Garza, as well. But ultimately the executives saw the Rangers as the most likely landing spot because:

1. They have always liked him and with four starters — Yu Darvish, Alexi Ogando, Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis — on the disabled list, they have need. Texas is expecting Darvish and Ogando back. Things are more uncertain with Harrison and Lewis. The Rangers would love to have Darvish, Garza and Derek Holland fronting their rotation down the stretch and possibly lining up 1-2-3 for the playoffs.