Rangers Still Seek A Veteran Hitter

The Rangers pursued both Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez before they signed with the Twins and Rays, respectively, but that doesn't mean Texas has stopped looking for a bat. GM Jon Daniels told Anthony Andro of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he's still trying to add a veteran hitter to his lineup.

"If we can still look to improve we will," said Daniels. "One of the things we have looked at recently — it's no secret we were in on Thome — would be a veteran hitter to complement the rest of the lineup. How does that guy fit exactly? It's one of those things you might not be able to perfectly define in January."

Daniels declined to go into specifics about whether the team preferred a full-time player or a bench piece, though he did say that he doesn't believe Vladimir Guerrero is a fit because he still views himself as an everyday player. Playing time could be tough to come by since Michael Young will get most of the at-bat as DH, and Daniels said he has confidence in Mitch Moreland as the team's everyday first baseman.

Our Free Agent Tracker shows that players like Russell Branyan, Nick Johnson, Andy LaRoche, and Lastings Milledge remain unsigned.



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