Right now the Rangers have Byrd, Brad Wilkerson, Frank Catalanotto, Nelson Cruz and Freddy Guzman to play the outfield. Byrd and Guzman are the only true center fielders in that group, although Wilkerson has played there before and may again in 2007.If Byrd doesn't end up as the Rangers center fielder, he does give the Rangers a right-handed bat to go with Wilkerson and Catalanotto, who both hit left-handed. "He's a solid defender who can play all three outfield positions," Daniels said. "He has a good arm and good instincts." Kenny Lofton and Jay Payton are still the two free-agent center fielders that have drawn the Rangers' interest. Matthews started in center field for the Rangers in 2006, but has since signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Rangers also continue to pursue free-agent pitcher Barry Zito and may be preparing to make an official offer. But they are looking at other options and one could be Phillies right-hander Jon Lieber. The Rangers have had interest in him in the past. "There are still some other things we're looking at," Daniels said. "We can't afford to look in just one place."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.