Saturday, January 25, 2014
GM: Club continues pitching depth search
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The offseason quest to find more pitching, especially in light of Derek Holland's injury and recovery timetable of midseason, continues for the Texas Rangers.
“That’s our top priority now is to find some pitching depth,” general manager Jon Daniels said at the club's Fan Fest event at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Saturday. “I mean guys that can help our big league club. We would have been looking for that this time of year anyways before Derek got hurt, but that changes things a little bit.”
There's still a group of pitchers in need of a team with spring training inching closer. Arms like Ubaldo Jimenez, Jerome Williams, Ervin Santana and Bronson Arroyo, among others, are still on the market.
Daniels is expecting the pace of free agency to pick up a bit.
“I think it’s coming out of a dead period in some ways,” Daniels said. “We had about a month between major league deals. (Shin-Soo) Choo until the last round with (Grady) Sizemore and (Eric) O’Flaherty and (Grant) Balfour, some of these deals that are getting done now. There are still a lot of free agents out there, probably more than typical. This might be the new normal the way the market is going.”
Daniels said the club is likely going to stay internal for the second utility spot (Adam Rosales is the primary infield utility guy) and will continue to survey the market for small deals that could improve the club. But the big spending appears over as the Rangers ready for spring training.