The Texas Rangers added some emergency rotation depth yesterday by signing veteran right-hander Derek Lowe to a minor-league deal, effectively pushing them out of the Kyle Lohse market for good. But in the case that you don't want to take my word for it, a source from the Rangers' organization put it in pretty clear terms Wednesday to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com:
"We are not going to sign Kyle Lohse. I can’t be clearer than that."
He's right, it's pretty hard to be clearer than that.
It was thought that the Rangers might have increased interest in the right-hander following Martin Perez's freak injury earlier this week, but it is pretty evident that is not the case.
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With the Rangers pretty explicitly out of the running for Lohse, the market for the right-hander once again looks to be a mystery. Lohse is reportedly still looking for a three-year deal from someone, but with Opening Day now just three weeks away, he may have to temper his expectations if he wants to have a job come April.
The 34-year-old is coming off a career year but has run into several impediments to his signing somewhere this offseason, namely the draft-pick compensation albatross hanging about his neck.