Report: Rangers hunting for additional starting pitching

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are still working on adding more starting pitching depth, noting that the club has engaged in talks with the Indians. Ostensibly, the talks involve one of three starting pitchers: Josh Tomlin, Cody Anderson, and Trevor Bauer.

Bauer makes the most sense, as he was recently moved to the bullpen after Tomlin and Anderson solidified spots at the back of the Indians’ rotation. The right-hander had a good spring showing, yielding only five runs on 17 hits and four walks with 19 strikeouts across 20 innings. Bauer, however, has battled control issues, preventing him from living up to his potential as he was rated baseball’s #9 overall prospect going into the 2012 season.

Grant adds that, over the winter, the Rangers tried to get the Diamondbacks to give up Archie Bradley in exchange for Shawn Tolleson or Keone Kela.