So, Zack Greinke is going to be pitching for the Brewers in 2011. Texas failed to land another prime target, in this case, apparently, owing to not having the young MIF the Royals were insisting be a part of the deal.
And Ricky Nolasco is supposedly close to a 3 year, $27 million contract extension with the Florida Marlins, which would likely mean he's off the market.
That leaves the Rangers with very few options to improve the top of their rotation this offseason.
Evan Grant says that this isn't necessarily a bad thing, if the Rangers can make a move or two to enhance the team's starting pitching depth.
Richard Durrett writes that the price to acquire Greinke was going to simply be too high, and it sounds like a deal would have been difficult to consummate without Elvis Andrus being included.
At this point, I think a deal for a significant starting pitcher is unlikely. I expect the Rangers to push hard for Brandon Webb, to check out Jeremy Bonderman and Kevin Millwood, and to take a long look at Seth McClung in spring training.
The situation is made more complicated by the fact that Scott Feldman is apparently unlikely to be ready to start the season, due to his offseason surgery. Feldman, disappointing though he was last year, has a track record of being able to be a decent starter and is someone you could at least start the season with in the rotation while looking at other options.
Now, the Rangers are facing an Opening Day rotation of C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Tommy Hunter, Derek Holland, and Matt Harrison or Michael Kirkman or Neftali Feliz or Seth McClung.
That's a problem.