Joakim Soria has not been as durable as the Texas Rangers would like him to be, Tanner Scheppers is a starter (for now), Alexi Ogando can be scary, and Neftali Feliz is still not ready to come back to the Texas Rangers. That is why, according to sources, the Texas Rangers are showing interest in former all-star closer Joel Hanrahan.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 18, 2014
According to Heyman, there are 10 other teams with an interest also. The Texas Rangers had three viable options for this position going into the 2014 season, and those options dwindled fast as Nefi got sent down, Tanner became a starter and Alexi had a terrible spring. In house, I would put my money on Alexi if the Texas Rangers decide to replace Soria at the closers position. Alexi got the call Sunday after Soria had pitched two days in a row. The Texas Rangers are not saying that they are going to replace Soria at the closers position, but not pitching him three days in a row, showing interest in a veteran closer and what Washington said earlier this week leads me to believe that they are at least exploring the possibility.
“Ogando is going to get chances to close.” Ron Washington said according to T.R. Sullivan on texasrangers.com. “But closing down games is not just giving the ball to somebody because they have stuff. You’ve got to have nerve. You’ve got to be able to shut things down when it starts to break down. That’s Joe Nathan. We’ll see how Ogando handles it. He’s going to get a chance to close ballgames, that’s all I can say.”
Interesting to say the least, we will most definitely keep our eyes on the situation as it develops.