According to a source in contact with the Dallas Morning News’s Evan Grant, the Texas Rangers have started to receive calls from teams interested in search of a new bullpen arm or two.
From Grant’s write-up today:
“According to a club source, the club has started to field phone calls from teams short on relievers. The Rangers are likely to go with a seven-man bullpen and entered spring content for them to all be right-handed, but young LHP Robbie Ross has forced his way into the roster picture.”
As Grant points out, this seems to make right-handers Koji Uehara and Mark Lowe the prime candidates to be sent away in a potential deal. Neither has been all that impressive this spring, and both are entering the final year of their contracts. In fact, Texas had a deal lined up to send Uehara to Toronto back in January, but Uehara exercised a limited no-trade clause.
Through a potential deal, the Rangers might look to acquire a right-handed hitting outfielder, a clear need since Craig Gentry has struggled through the spring. After the release of Conor Jackson Monday, Gentry and Cruz are the only two true right-handed outfielders left on the roster.