The Texas Rangers are not expected to sign free agent
right-hander Kyle Lohse or outfielder Michael Bourn, according to T.R. Sullivan
Industry sources said Thursday the Rangers don’t expect to
sign either free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse or outfielder Michael Bourn.
The Rangers have been among the favorites to land both
players throughout the offseason, and the team has been in talks with agent
Scott Boras, who represents both Lohse and Bourn.
However, it doesn’t appear that Texas will pursue either
Lohse or Bourn, as the club doesn’t “plan on over-reacting to players they have
been lukewarm on” since the start of the offseason, according to Sullivan.
Sullivan adds that the Rangers like the makeup of their
current club. Texas is prepared to give young players, including center fielder
Leonys Martin, a chance to show what they can do. If they ultimately decide to
do so, Sullivan notes that the Rangers have the resources to acquire a player
they really like if the right situation arises.
Still, until Lohse and Bourn officially sign elsewhere, they
figure to continue to be tied to the Rangers. Texas has lost Josh Hamilton and
Mike Napoli to free agency and missed out on high-profile players such as
Justin Upton, Zack Greinke, Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey and James Shields this
offseason. Considering their relatively quiet winter and with general manager
Jon Daniels involves, you can’t count Texas out on anything.
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