The Rangers have joined the fray for Zack Greinke, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Their interest in the free agent right-hander seems to further indicate that Josh Hamilton's time in Texas has come to an end.
The Angels are seen as the favorite to re-sign Greinke according to Heyman, but they'll have plenty of competition. The Rangers are looking for rotation help with Colby Lewis unlikely to be healthy in time for Spring Training and the trio of Scott Feldman, Ryan Dempster, and Roy Oswalt hitting free agency. A nine-figure commitment to Greinke would greatly improve their rotation while also weakening their division rival's.
Because he was traded at midseason, Greinke was ineligible to receive a qualifying offer and will not require draft pick compensation to sign. MLBTR's Tim Dierkes ranked the right-hander as the top free agent available this offseason in his Top 50 Free Agents list, predicted that the would wind up back in Anaheim.