Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/21/12
Since the Rangers lost perhaps the offseason’s best free agent in Josh Hamilton, it only makes sense that Texas would kick the tires on another intriguing outfield option. According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, the Rangers are looking into free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn, who many consider to be the top free agent remaining on the open market. Bourn, who turns 30 on Dec. 27, spent last season with the Braves, and hit .274 with nine home runs and 57 RBIs. The veteran is known mostly for his speed, though, as he swiped 42 bags for Atlanta in 2012. A two-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner, Bourn recorded a career-high 61 steals with the Astros in 2009. He then matched that mark in 2011, the season in which Houston traded him to Atlanta. Heyman reports that a potential run at Bourn is still in the “infancy stages” for the Rangers. Texas is reportedly asking around about him, but the market for Bourn is still very much a mystery. If there’s one thing that’s certain, however, it’s that the Rangers need to fill some holes after losing Hamilton, Michael Young, Mike Napoli, Scott Feldman and Koji Uehara this offseason. Click here to see the top free agents still available >> Photo via Flickr/SBoyd
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