Rangers Interested In Crawford, Konerko

5:47pm: MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan says that the Rangers have just "kicked the tires" on Crawford, but are "far more in" on Paul Konerko. The team obviously likes both players, but they feel Konerko is the better fit given their needs. 

1:49pm: The Rangers are in on free agent outfielder Carl Crawford and the interest is mutual, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated (via Twitter).  The Angels and the Yankees are also of particular interest to Crawford, Heyman tweets.

If Texas were to land Crawford, they would have to creatively re-align their outfield.  Crawford would presumably take over in left field, likely making Josh Hamilton the full-time center fielder.  Hamilton's career -6.0 UZR/150 in center field indicates that he's below average at that position.

Earlier today, ESPN's Buster Olney surmised that the BoSox will still have enough money after the Adrian Gonzalez trade to go after someone like Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth.  However, Heyman believes that recent events make Werth to the Red Sox a likely scenario.



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