The Texas Rangers are among the teams that are still expressing interest in free agent infielder Ryan Theriot, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Heyman indicates that Theriot's continued presence on the free agent market is likely due to his desire of a deal that guarantees significant playing time. It was reported earlier this offseason that the veteran was seeking a regular role.
However, teams appear to be more interested in Theriot as a reserve player, a role he's filled for the past two seasons. The 33-year-old hasn't logged more than 500 plate appearances since 2010, and at this stage of his career he seems better suited as a bench player and reserve middle infielder.
Theriot may be content waiting out the spring in hopes of an injury opening up a more significant role for his services. Still, he could ultimately find that he'll be forced to sign as a backup if he hopes to continue playing.
Theriot spent the 2012 season with the San Francisco Giants, hitting .270/.316/.321 with 16 doubles over 384 plate appearances. He owns a career batting line of .281/.341/.350 over eight seasons in the majors.
Beyond the Rangers, the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies and Giants have also expressed interest in Theriot.