Rangers Rumors: Texas Interested in David Ortiz

The Texas Rangers have expressed “serious interest” in designated hitter David Ortiz, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The Texas Rangers also have expressed serious interest in Ortiz, major-league sources say, envisioning him as a left-handed hitting replacement for their own free agent, Josh Hamilton.

Ortiz was previously said to be nearing a two-year agreement that would keep him in Boston through the 2014 season. However, it was reported yesterday that the sides were not close to completing a deal and there was a growing chance Ortiz could reach free agency.

Boston has until tomorrow to re-sign Ortiz before other teams, such as the Rangers, will be able to begin negotiations with the slugger.

Along with Hamilton, the Rangers could also lose middle-of-the-order bat Mike Napoli this offseason. The team used Michael Young most frequently at DH last season, but he only hit .277/.312/.370 over 661 at-bats.

Ortiz is reportedly seeking a two-year contract with an average annual salary close to the $14.575 million he earned in 2012. He hit .318/.415/.611 over 324 at-bats with the Red Sox.

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