Rangers Notes: Cano, Martin, Webb, Lewis

Let's check out some Rangers items as they take on the Yankees in the Bronx..

  • The Rangers will undoubtedly be on the lookout for relief pitching this offseason, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.
  • Evan P. Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter) wonders what the Rangers would look like had they taken Robinson Cano instead of Joaquin Arias in the Alex Rodriguez trade.
  • The Rangers will likely wait to announce the signing of Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin, writes MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.  The 23-year-old is still being processed through the customs and immigration, and it could be beyond this week before he is ready to play for the club.
  • As he works to rehabilitate his injured shoulder, Brandon Webb tells Sullivan that he would be willing to work out of the bullpen as a reliever if that's what the Rangers need when he gets back.  Webb's performance bonuses for 2011 are tied to innings pitched and days on the active roster, but not to number of games started.  The right-hander will earn a base of $3MM and could boost the value of the deal to $8-10MM through incentives.
  • Colby Lewis will return from paternity leave on Monday but the Rangers won't have to risk losing anyone to create a roster spot, Sullivan writes.  It seems likely that either Michael Kirkman or Mark Lowe will be optioned to Triple-A.

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