Yesterday Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Texas Rangers had increased their pursuit of free agent Kyle Lohse following Martin Perez’s
injury. However, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com hears from sources who believe an
agreement between the Rangers and Lohse is still “not likely to happen.”
Sullivan is hearing that Perez’s broken forearm didn’t
change the Rangers’ stance on Lohse. Instead of signing the veteran, Texas
remains “determined to find a fifth starter from within the organization,”
according to Sullivan.
The Rangers have several in-house options, but at this point
Robbie Ross and Nicholas Tepesch have become the “leading candidates” to claim
the final rotation spot. Randy Wells is also garnering attention, while Justin
Grimm and Nate Robertson would appear to be long shots at this point.
The Rangers are projecting a starting rotation that includes
Derek Holland, Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando. While they are currently
a bit short beyond their starting four, Texas is comfortable with their
starting depth. They’re expecting Perez back in two months, and Colby Lewis
could rejoin Texas’ rotation by the end of May.
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