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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Rangers still in market for bat, pitcher

By Richard Durrett

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says his club remains in the market for another bat and that they are always looking for pitching.

With the loss of Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli, the club could use some more power and production in the lineup.

Napoli, whose deal with the Boston Red Sox is still not finalized, hit 24 home runs and drove in 56 runs, while Hamilton pounded 43 homers and had 128 RBIs.

They made up part of that power with the signing of A.J. Pierzynski, who hit 27 home runs last season. But the club would like to acquire one more bat.

"We're looking at that now," Daniels said Wednesday during a conference call with the media. "There's a decent chance we'll look to add somebody."

Daniels said that could be through trade or free agency.

The club has had talks at various points during this offseason with the Arizona Diamondbacks about Justin Upton, though nothing has come of it to this point.

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