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Rangers still looking to add another hitter after signing A.J. Pierzynski

Dec 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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Yesterday the Rangers made their one-year deal with A.J. Pierzynski official, adding the veteran catcher to the lineup following his career-year for the White Sox, but general manager Jon Daniels also said that he’s still searching for another hitter after losing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli to free agency.

“We’re looking at that now,” Daniels said, via Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. “There’s a decent chance we’ll look to add somebody.”

Daniels went on to say that “somebody” could come via free agency or trade, so it’s tough to narrow down likely targets. However, just in terms of available free agent hitters the pickings are getting very slim.

Our own Matthew Pouliot has been updating his “Free Agency Tracker” and the top remaining position players are center fielder Michael Bourn, first baseman Adam LaRoche, left fielder Delmon Young, first baseman Lance Berkman, second baseman Kelly Johnson, left fielder Scott Hairston, and first baseman Luke Scott.

Bourn and LaRoche would both cost the Rangers a draft pick and none of those other names are particularly appealing. Napoli is also technically unsigned, but even if his three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox falls through a return to Texas seems awfully unlikely.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    I love the picture, because it makes Daniels look busy, but with the way he has handled the Hamilton and Napoli situations, he could be on the phone with the pizza guy, or even checking on the weather.

  2. huskerguy - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    I still think he looks like Ralph Macchio…

  3. joerymi - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Remember when they were getting Grienke and trading for Justin Upton?

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