Texas Rangers: Three Starting Pitching Targets That Should Be Pursued

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 21: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 21, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 21: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 21, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 21: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 21, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 21: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 21, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Texas Rangers can instantly upgrade their rotation this offseason by pursuing one of these three quality starting pitchers.

While there are no out and out aces on this year’s free agent market, there are a number of names that would be instant upgrades to a Texas Rangers pitching staff lacking in front end quality. Obviously, the dream is for Clayton Kershaw to opt out of his Dodgers contract and sign with Texas but that’s highly unlikely at best. But picking up a number two who can be your de facto number one while prospects develop could still be worth it. Because of the situation the Rangers are in, investing in talent that’s well into their 30’s doesn’t make sense. However, finding a pitcher right around the age 30 mark that has a chunk of years left in the big leagues could help Texas compete some next season and lock down part of the rotation once the young pitching talent starts hitting the big leagues.

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