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The Rangers have been scouting Kyle Lohse

Mar 23, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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There have been numerous reports downplaying the Rangers’ interest in free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. But it’s clear that they haven’t completely dismissed him as an option for their rotation.

According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers sent a scout to watch Lohse throw his latest simulated game at a community college in Arizona. Still, it appears to be a matter of due diligence more than anything else.

As of now, rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch is the favorite for the fifth spot in the Rangers’ rotation, though it’s worth noting that he gave up eight runs on 12 hits and three walks over five innings yesterday against the Rockies. Michael Kirkman is also a possibility for the job. Basically, the Rangers are hoping that they can get by until Colby Lewis is ready to return from elbow surgery. The thought is that there’s no need to break the bank (and give up the draft pick and the corresponding draft pool money) for Lohse if Lewis is only going to miss two months.

We heard earlier this week that Lohse at least hopes to match the two-year, $26.5 million contract the Red Sox gave Ryan Dempster this offseason.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Great. Let us know when there’s a legitimate contract offer.

    • Pierre Cruzatte - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      I don’t begrudge HBT its need to post meat-and-potatoes filler. But, let’s all remember what happened in these parts for the Michael Bourn free agency:

      -Michael Bourn is looking for $100 million? OK, good luck with that
      -The Reds are interested in Michael Bourn
      -Phillies lose out on B.J. Upton; will they turn to Michael Bourn?
      -Mariners interested in Michael Bourn, meeting with Scott Boras
      -Michael Bourn-to-Phillies possibility heating up
      -What does Michael Bourn do now?
      -Where will Hamilton, Bourn and Swisher end up?
      -Yankees “quietly interested” in free agent Michael Bourn?
      -Braves haven’t closed the door on re-signing Michael Bourn
      -Mets are not interested in Michael Bourn
      -Michael Bourn is still waiting for some love
      -Conflicting reports on the Mets’ interest in Michael Bourn
      -The Mets should not be able to keep their first round pick if they sign Michael Bourn
      -The Mets have “zero interest” in Michael Bourn if it means losing the draft pick
      -Michael Bourn wants a five-year deal
      -Sandy Alderson flew to Houston to meet with Michael Bourn
      -Even if Nelson Cruz is suspended, the Rangers are not going after Michael Bourn
      -The Mets are having “ongoing discussions” with Scott Boras over Michael Bourn
      -David Wright has been lobbying Michael Bourn to come to New York
      -The Indians could be interested in Michael Bourn
      -The Mets inch closer to Michael Bourn: they may offer a four-year deal
      -Who needs Michael Bourn? The Mets have signed Corey Patterson
      -Report: Cubs “on the fringes” for free agent outfielder Michael Bourn
      -Indians and Michael Bourn agree to a four-year, $48 million contract

      … The point is, this kind of story can be overdone.

  2. sandpiperair - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Stop, stop, stop! Please, just tell us when he actually signs!

    • historiophiliac - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Ok, it’s driving me crazy. TV show or actual flight service?

      • sandpiperair - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        TV show!

      • historiophiliac - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        sweet!

  3. buffphin - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Why don’t y’all shut up already…no ones making you read the stories!

  4. reeggss - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Rangers need to seriously look at lohse, if healthy arms are an issue already, they are in trouble. Lets not go into the season depending on Colby Lewis to come.

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