Rangers rumors: Texas targeting starting pitcher

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The Texas Rangers are scanning the market for a starting pitcher.

The Texas Rangers are scanning the market for a starting pitcher, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Among the potential Rangers' targets are Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello and free agent Kyle Lohse.

Heyman notes that the Rangers have remained in contact with Lohse, while they were also linked to Porcello and the Tigers throughout the offseason.

Texas currently has a projected starting rotation that includes Derek Holland, Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando. However, Heyman says that some in the organization believe Ogando would be better suited for the bullpen, a role he has maintained in the past.

At this point there is an ongoing competition for the team's remaining rotation spot. Robbie Ross and Nick Tepesch are viewed as the favorites to claim the role, though Randy Wells and Justin Grimm have also been mentioned as candidates this spring. Martin Perez was also a favorite before he sustained his injury.

Beyond Porcello and Lohse, Heyman says there are several options for the Rangers to consider, including Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros right-hander Bud Norris and young Baltimore Orioles starters Jake Arrieta and Zack Britton.

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