Rangers Searching For Starting Pitcher

The Rangers are scanning the market for a starting pitcher, officials on other teams have told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  The Rangers have kept in contact with free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse and have also been linked to Tigers starter Rick Porcello.

Robbie Ross and non-roster invite Nick Tepesch are in competition to make the roster and officials from other clubs seem to think that Texas would rather keep Ross in the bullpen as he thrived there last season.  There's also some sentiment from a couple Rangers people that Alexi Ogando might be better off going back to the bullpen, though the main decision makers don't necessarily agree.

The Rangers like Porcello but he would require giving up a top player or prospect.  They have ramped up their interest in Lohse ever since Martin Perez suffered a broken arm a couple weeks ago, but they have the same reservations about signing him as other clubs.  

Heyman points out that other starters that could be available include Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly of the Dodgers, Bud Norris of the Astros, and possibly Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton of the Orioles.

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