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Rangers “are determined” to let Alexi Ogando be a starter

Nov 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Alexi Ogando has moved back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation for Texas during the past two seasons, making 30 starts and 59 relief appearances while thriving in both roles, and now T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers “are determined” to use him as a starter in 2013.

Ogando has a 3.49 ERA as a starter and a 2.53 ERA as a reliever, and with both Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz out following arm surgeries the Rangers’ have a bigger need in the rotation even if they sign a prominent free agent starter. Their own free agent starters, Ryan Dempster, Roy Oswalt, and Scott Feldman, aren’t expected back in Texas.

Ogando has previously said he’d prefer to start and made the All-Star team as a starter in 2011.

  1. historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Man, their pitching issues linger.

  2. lmoneyfresh - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    People seem to forget that he was an all star his first season as a starter. Ya, he crapped his pants after the first half of the season, but how much of that can be attributed to the lack of stamina after making that switch? I think the guy has what it takes to be a good starter, maybe middle of the rotation type of pitcher.

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