The Texas Rangers are scanning the free agent and trade
markets for a starting pitcher, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Heyman notes that the Rangers have kept in contact with free agent starter Kyle Lohse, and they have been linked to Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello throughout the offseason.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels hasn’t completely shut
the door on acquiring someone from outside the organization to fill the team’s No.
5 starter role. However, Texas continues to say it’s more likely to enter the
season using one of its in-house candidates in the final rotation spot.
Martin Perez was the favorite to land the role prior to his
injury, and Colby Lewis is another starter that’s going to start the regular
season on the disabled list. In their absence, Robbie Ross, Nick Tepesch, Randy
Wells and Justin Grimm have all been in the running for the No. 5 spot.
The Rangers currently project a starting four that includes
Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando and Matt Harrison. However, there are
some people in the organization that believe Ogando would be better used in the
bullpen, according to Heyman.
Beyond Porcello and Lohse, Heyman notes that other potential
targets include Los Angeles Dodgers starters Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and
Ted Lilly, Bud Norris of the Houston Astros and young Baltimore Orioles arms
Jake Arrieta and Zack Britton.
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