Rangers rumors: Texas ‘motivated’ to sign Kyle Lohse

It remains unclear where free agent Kyle Lohse will ultimately land this offseason, but one American League general manager tells Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe that the Texas Rangers “seem to be the most motivated to get a deal done with him.”

An AL GM predicted, “The Rangers probably have the best shot at obtaining him. They missed out on a couple of guys. While you don’t want to overpay or give him an extended contract, they seem to be the most motivated to get a deal done with him.”

The Rangers missed out on several high-profile targets this winter, including Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, R.A. Dickey, Nick Swisher, Josh Johnson and James Shields. While they won’t be looking to overpay for Lohse, they would appear to have the best shot at obtaining him, according to Carfado.

Texas is set to enter the regular season with a starting rotation including Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando. There are several young arms, Martin Perez, Justin Grimm and Robbie Ross, competing for the No. 5 spot.

The Rangers have said they’re comfortable giving the final spot in their rotation to a young arm that ultimately wins out this spring. However, Lohse would offer a veteran option and more of a sure bet for the club that once again hopes to contend.

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