Before you start writing down what the Texas Rangers five-man starting rotation is going to look like, GM Jon Daniels said on a conference call with reporters Friday morning that the trade for left-hander Ross Detwiler doesn’t mean the front office has stopped searching for starting pitching.
“We’re still open to adding additional starting depth,” Daniels said. “We've got a number of internal options coming to compete for a spot, all of them that we like. But you can never have enough and we’ll continue having conversations about adding another starter.”
The Rangers traded two minor leaguers for Detwiler, who pitched in the bullpen last season for the Washington Nationals and now will be given a chance to work from the rotation.
Daniels said he likes that Detwiler induces plenty of ground balls, and named former left-handed starters such as Kenny Rogers and C.J. Wilson and current lefty starter Derek Holland as pitchers Detwiler could emulate. The left side of the infield -- Adrian Beltre (third base) and Elvis Andrus (shortstop) -- is expected to get plenty of work with Detwiler on the mound, if he wins a rotation spot, because of how he spots his pitches.
The Rangers, as it stands, have four veteran starters: Yu Darvish, Holland, Colby Lewis and Detwiler. This doesn’t include the possibility of Nick Martinez and Nick Tepesch, who pitched as starters last season for the club, earning a spot.
Daniels is confident the club will add another veteran starter from free agency or by trade and has been in discussions with a number of teams for one.
“It does take the edge off a little bit,” Daniels said of the Detwiler trade. “I think Ross will come in and give us innings as a starter. As I said, you can never have enough.”