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Friday morning Rangers news and links

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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The Rangers picked up Jonathan Lucroy’s option yesterday, but will not be picking up Derek Holland’s (unless it is as part of a trade).

Jon Daniels had a conference call yesterday where he covered a variety of issues, which Stefan Stevenson summarizes.

The Rangers’ top priority is going to be starting pitching, which they will likely have to look at addressing in the trade market.

Evan Grant’s offseason position review talks about the starting pitching, and the need for fortifications.

Daniels says that, ideally, Joey Gallo would get more time in the minor leagues rather than starting the season in the majors.

T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers will be extending the qualifying offer to Ian Desmond, as Desmond, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gomez, Colby Lewis, and Mitch Moreland officially become free agents.

The DMN looks at the best players ever to wear numbers 21-25 for Texas.

The DMN also continues with grades for Rangers players, issuing grades for Cole Hamels and Jonathan Lucroy.

The Rangers are looking to sell $1 billion in bonds backed by the TV deal they have with Fox Sports Southwest.