Texas searching for pitching at Winter Meetings

Club also in the market for a right-handed bat

Texas searching for pitching at Winter Meetings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister will meet with the media at 5 p.m. CT on Monday at the Winter Meetings being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

There will likely be questions about the health of Yu Darvish, Josh Hamilton and Jurickson Profar, the Rangers' pitching and catching situation, the remarkable second-half run to a division title in 2015 and the overall psyche of a team that won the first two games of the American League Division Series against the Blue Jays before being eliminated via three consecutive losses.

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MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2015 Winter Meetings from the Opryland, with the Network launching 35 hours of live Winter Meetings coverage. Fans can also catch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, as well as the announcement of the Hall of Fame Pre-Integration Era Committee inductees on Monday at 10 a.m. CT and the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 9 a.m.

The AL Manager of the Year Award winner will be typically expansive on any and all topics that aren't related to possible acquisitions the Rangers will make during their four-day stay on the Cumberland River.

As far as what the Rangers may or may not do during the Meetings, there have only been the broad hints issued by general manager Jon Daniels since the end of the World Series. Starting pitching, catching and a right-handed bat that can play first base and/or the outfield are the Rangers' priorities.

Colby Lewis remains a target for the Rangers now that he has cleared all the health hurdles regarding his surgically-repaired left knee. But the Rangers' starting-pitching efforts are not limited to their 17-game winner from last season.

"Our desire is to add one guy we can count on … count on to make 30 starts," Daniels said. "Could that ultimately be two guys? It's possible."

Sullivan on Rangers' plans

A trade for a starting pitcher is also a possibility, although Daniels said that route is expensive in its own way, just like free agency.

"The price of pitching on the free-agent market is having a direct impact on the acquisition side," Daniels said. "Teams that have young, controllable pitching understand what the value is. It's not an inexpensive proposition. We have had conversations, and it's possible. It's trying to measure how much talent you want to trade."

The Rangers are keeping their options open as far as adding a catcher to a club that already includes Robinson Chirinos, but also traded away prospects Jorge Alfaro and Tomas Telis last July.

"It doesn't necessarily fit one description," Daniels said. "You start with what we do have. I've long described Robinson Chirinos as an underrated player. The only hiccup is he has had some unique injuries and hasn't caught 120 games. We feel the same about Chris Gimenez.

"If we can do better by adding depth or going out and getting a guy who can make us better right away, or a guy who can grow with us, there are a couple of different ways. The minimum is adding quality depth."

The Rangers are also being flexible with their approach toward adding a right-handed bat. There are already rumors they reached out to the Reds about slugger Todd Frazier, although that may be overreaching.

There are plenty more rumors to come during the Winter Meetings, and the Rangers are open for business. So too is MLB.com.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.