The Boston Red Sox are not alone in their pursuit of designated hitter David Ortiz. The Texas Rangers also have expressed serious interest in Ortiz, major-league sources say, envisioning him as a left-handed hitting replacement for their own free agent, Josh Hamilton.
The Red Sox still are considered the favorites to re-sign Ortiz, most likely to a two-year contract. However, free agents can begin signing with new teams once the market opens at midnight Friday. The involvement of the Rangers, and possibly other clubs, likely has increased Ortiz's leverage in his negotiations with the Red Sox.
The Rangers' interest, meanwhile, signals a willingness by the team to make significant changes this offseason, particularly if Hamilton departs. The addition of Ortiz, or a free agent of similar standing, such as outfielder Torii Hunter, would fundamentally change the Rangers' clubhouse, giving it more of a boisterous edge.
Ortiz, who turns 37 on Nov. 18, appeared in only one ga...