Friday, December 17, 2010
Rangers not looking at free-agent closers
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Even though it's possible the Rangers will decide to move closer Neftali Feliz (or setup man Alexi Ogando) into the starting rotation in 2011, general manager Jon Daniels said he isn't actively pursuing closers on the free agent market.
"We won't sign anybody who would come in expecting to close for us," Daniels said Wednesday. "The only way Feliz wouldn't close is if he demonstrates he's ready to start for us and we decide that's the way we're going to go. We are interested in a few of the relievers out there, but you won't see us bringing anybody under the pretense that they're going to close for us. Could it work out that way if that's the way Wash and the staff ultimately decides if we as an organization deem Feliz to be our best option in the rotation, then somebody could compete for that role. But there is Ogando and Frank Francisco and Mark Lowe."
But Daniels said he wouldn't bring in any pitcher and promise them the opportunity to close. That likely rules out the Rangers getting in on Rafael Soriano, who has closer experience. Up until Thursday afternoon, Bobby Jenks was also on the market. But he appears headed to Boston on a two-year deal.