The Rangers have already provided a home for one former Cardinals star. Might they be considering putting out the welcome mat for another?
According to CBS, Texas is interested in former St. Louis starting pitcher Kyle Lohse. The 16-game-winner from 2012 has had a tough time getting a new contract on the open market. Last week he said he hasn't had a single contract offer and he blames it on the fact that the Cardinals tendered him a contract and subsequently tied him to draft pick compensation from any team that signs Lohse.
The Rangers might be the one club willing to pass out big bucks that can stand to lose a high draft pick. Texas currently has one of the best young shortstops in the game in Elvis Andrus and it has the top-ranked prospect in all of baseball in shortstop Jurickson Profar.
So far the club has said it plans to keep both players. But it's easy to see how they could deal one of their young middle infielders for a cache of young help, more than negating any loss they would suffer by giving up a draft pick.
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Too bad that baseball doesn't allow draft picks to be traded or the Cardinals might be able to make a play for Andrus that included giving back to the Rangers the draft pick Texas would lose by signing the veteran hurler.
Lohse has been said to be interested in playing on the west coast. But the Rangers might scratch a little bit of that itch. They're not too terribly far from Lohse's Arizona off-season home. And Texas plays a bunch of road games in Anaheim and Oakland. So he'll be in the area at least on a part time basis.