Rangers-Angels trade deadline standoff

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has a lot to consider during the next few days. AP Photo/LM Otero

The buildup to the 2012 trade deadline has been better than advertised. We've already seen the Detroit Tigers trade a couple of top prospects for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, the Los Angeles Dodgers swing a deal for Hanley Ramirez, and the New York Yankees make a surprising move for Ichiro Suzuki, and we still have four days to go!

For me, the real drama these next few days centers on the best rivalry in baseball, and I'm not talking about the Yankees and Red Sox, but rather the Rangers and Angels. These two AL West teams are in an "arms race" that is more crucial to how the rest of the season turns out than any head-to-head series.

The GMs for these two clubs -- Jon Daniels (Rangers) and Jerry Dipoto (Angels) -- ultimately will determine where Zack Greinke goes, and that could have an impact on a number of races beyond the AL West.