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Jon Daniels says the Rangers would still like to add a starting pitcher, but aren't in on the big name free agents, and aren't likely to trade for Cole Hamels. Daniels says that they've got a few possibilities out there, both trades and free agents, that they are looking at.
Of course, if the Rangers don't add a starting pitcher, they'll go with one of the young internal options in the #5 spot, and Evan Grant writes that his #3 prospect in the Rangers system, Chi Chi Gonzalez, has a chance of winning that job out of camp.
Gerry Fraley writes that the Rangers have to decide if they want to unload multiple key prospects to get Cole Hamels, something the Rangers seem reluctant to do. Fraley also says that the Rangers couldn't trade Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo or Elvis Andrus to anyone unless the Rangers "eat most of the contract," which seems like a rather ludicrous statement to make.
Ross Detwiler and the Rangers agreed to a one year deal yesterday, avoiding arbitration.
Jeff Wilson writes that the Rangers, having exchanged arbitration figures with Mitch Moreland, are hopeful that they will work out a deal and avoid a hearing.
Texas signed Japanese minor league pitcher Kosuke Tomita to a minor league deal.