The man of the hour.
A.J. Burnett is one of the biggest names remaining on the free agent pitching market, and after coming out last week and saying he's ready to pitch again after there was some speculation he could retire, Burnett is reportedly open to the idea of pitching for the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers are definitely in need of another starting pitcher, thanks to the injury to Derek Holland, who was projected as the club's No. 2 starter this upcoming season. Texas hasn't always been a desirable location for pitchers, but that stigma is changing thanks to success for the team and from pitchers in recent years.
Burnett, Peter Gammons writes, is the top free agent pitcher target on the market this winter aside from Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a huge deal with the New York Yankees. Burnett is an innings-eater and is coming off one of the best seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He'd be a great addition to the Rangers' staff and could be, at worst, a No. 3 pitcher.
Burnett is an Arkansas native, which is why he would consider a deal with the Rangers. And we all know the recent history the Rangers have with pitchers from Arkansas, and it's all good (see Cliff Lee).