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Rangers Showing Interest in Davis

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Pitcher Wade Davis of the Tampa Bay Rays talks with the infield against the Texas Rangers in the first inning during game 4.

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With the departure of C.J. Wilson to the Texas Rangers' biggest division rival, the Rangers are in need of some kind of acquisition of the starting pitching variety.

When they failed to land Mark Buerhle at the Winter Meetings, the attention quickly turned to the trade market, which includes names like Matt Garza, John Danks, James Shields and Gio Gonzalez.

Then there's the smaller names, particularly Tampa Bay Rays starter Wade Davis.

Davis isn't a big name, and wouldn't be a big splash, but he might be just what the Rangers need.

He'd likely fit in in the back half of the Rangers' rotation. Over the past two seasons and six starts in 2009 for the Rays, Davis has compiled a 25-22 record with a 4.22 ERA and a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Say the Rangers acquire Davis and make him their No. 4 starter, that would allow them to move Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen to set up for Joe Nathan, and Mike Adams would be a hell of a seventh-inning bullpen guy. That would shorten the game for Rangers starters and make them pretty tough to contend with from the seventh inning on.

Related Topics Wade Davis, Alexi Ogando
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