Rangers Rumors: Texas Could Pursue Michael Bourn, Kyle Lohse

The Texas Rangers have not ruled out pursuing free agent outfielder Michael Bourn and right-handed starter Kyle Lohse, according to T.R.Sullivan of MLB.com.

The Rangers have not reached that point yet. But with five weeks to go before Spring Training, Texas has not ruled out going after Bourn or Lohse, who are the top two free agents remaining on the market.

While the Rangers could still pursue Bourn and Lohse, they have been reluctant to do so to this point because of “the perceived high demands set forth by their agent, Scott Boras,” according to Sullivan.

General manager Jon Daniels said he would be happy to enter spring training with the team he currently has, as Sullivan notes Texas doesn’t “have a desperate need” for either Lohse or Bourn. However, the Rangers could look to recoup some of the momentum they lost earlier in the offseason when they lost Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli to free agency and missed out on other top potential targets Zack Greinke, Nick Swisher, Josh Johnson and James Shields.

The Rangers have four of the five spots in their projected starting rotation filled out by Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando. Young and unproven starters remain to fill out the No. 5 spot, including Martin Perez, Justin Grimm and possibly Robbie Ross. Texas could elect to sign Lohse to fill out their rotation.

Texas has a highly-regarded center field prospect in Leonys Martin on its roster, and Bourn would take him out of an everyday role for 2013. However, corner outfielders David Murphy and Nelson Cruz are free agents after the season, which could open up a spot so Bourn and Martin could co-exist as starters in the Rangers’ outfield.

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