Industry sources said Thursday the Rangers don’t expect to sign either free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse or outfielder Michael Bourn.
The Rangers have been among the favorites to land both players throughout the offseason, and the team has been in talks with agent Scott Boras, who represents both Lohse and Bourn.
However, it doesn’t appear that Texas will pursue either Lohse or Bourn, as the club doesn’t “plan on over-reacting to players they have been lukewarm on” since the start of the offseason, according to Sullivan.
Sullivan adds that the Rangers like the makeup of their current club. Texas is prepared to give young players, including center fielder Leonys Martin, a chance to show what they can do. If they ultimately decide to do so, Sullivan notes that the Rangers have the resources to acquire a player they really like if the right situation arises.
Still, until Lohse and Bourn officially sign elsewhere, they figure to continue to be tied to the Rangers. Texas has lost Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli to free agency and missed out on high-profile players such as Justin Upton, Zack Greinke, Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey and James Shields this offseason. Considering their relatively quiet winter and with general manager Jon Daniels involves, you can’t count Texas out on anything.