Rangers rumors: Will Texas now pursue Michael Bourn?

Last week, the Texas Rangers indicated they were happy with the current makeup of their team, including their outfield. Following Nelson Cruz’s ties to the south Florida performance-enhancing drug scandal and the potential suspension that could result, Buster Olney of ESPN wonders if the Rangers will now pursue free agent center fielder Michael Bourn.

It was reported yesterday that the Rangers were not interested in adding Bourn on the four- or five-year commitment he’s seeking. However, Texas may be willing to sign the free agent to a shorter-term contract if Bourn would be willing to accept.

On Bourn’s part, we found out that he and agent Scott Boras may be interested in a short-term contract if it includes an opt-out clause that, if exercised, would allow him to hit free agency again next season.

Both Cruz and David Murphy are in the final year of their contract with the Rangers. For this reason, Texas could sign Bourn, use him in center field for 2013, and then slide him or Leonys Martin into a corner outfield spot to replace Cruz or Murphy.

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