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Rangers Don't Have to Land Pitcher



    At this time last year, the Texas Rangers were debating on whether to give Cliff Lee a 7-year deal, and depending on who you ask, made the right decision by not extending that far.

    The Rangers felt C.J. Wilson could be the ace and had the plan of moving Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation, which obviously was failed but in that failure they found out that Alexi Ogando could make the move from the bullpen and become a better than average starting pitcher with room still to grow.

    The Rangers have already announced that Feliz will move to the starting rotation in 2012 after they acquired veteran closer Joe Nathan by free agency, and they are still very much in the market for starting pitchers in the off-season, both through trade and free agency.

    But what if the Rangers duplicate last year's plan and ditch the search for starting pitching to rely on what they have in the system? What about a group consisting of Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando, Neftali Feliz and Scott Feldman to pull five starters from?

    Then what if they go land a big bat, much like they did last season with the Adrian Beltre signing late in the winter? Prince Fielder is out there, and his bat in Rangers Ballpark would be scary good.

    A radio station in Cleveland, of all places, has reported that Fielder has narrowed his choices of potential free agent suitors for the 27-year-old down to three teams — the Brewers, Rangers and Blue Jays.

    So you're saying there's a chance?