The Rangers are “determined” to move set-up man Alexi Ogando back to the starting rotation and making a run at free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan.
If those two moves come to fruition, the Rangers’ rotation would be: right-handers Yu Darvish, Ogando and Greinke, plus left-handers Matt Harrison and Derek Holland.
The team is approaching the possible loss of free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton by acquiring another good hitter who is less trouble on and off the field, and improving the starting rotation.
In preparation for the departure of Hamilton, the Rangers are studying the idea of reinforcing the rotation with Ogando and Greinke, then addressing the critical needs of bullpen and catcher. They will likely be dealing with a payroll of around $120 million, which is approximately what they spent in 2012.
Ogando was 13-8 with a 3.51 ERA in 169 innings and made the All-Star team as a starter in 2011. A glut of starters allowed Texas to move him back to the bullpen in 2012. Injuries to starters Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis — who will start 2013 on the disabled list — have forced the team to rethink putting Ogando in the rotation.