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November 02, 2012

It's official: Rangers put Alexi Ogando in rotation

General manager Jon Daniels announced Friday that the Rangers have informed Alexi Ogando to prepare this off-season as a starting pitcher, and the Rangers will be looking for one more starter this off-season.

Daniels said that Ogando has earned the opportunity to be in the rotation after emerging as an All-Star as a starter in 2011. But the right-hander was shuttled back to the bullpen in 2012 as the Rangers signed Joe Nathan as closer and move Neftali Feliz into the rotation. That move kept Ogando in the bullpen, where he pitched in the 2011 postseason and as a rookie in 2010.

The Rangers have Ogando and fellow right-hander Yu Darvish in their 2013 rotation along with left-handers Matt Harrison and Derek Holland. The top free-agent starter available is Zack Greinke, who is likely to land a deal in excess of $100 million, but the Rangers will be in the mix to sign the former Cy Young winner.

He finished the season with the Angels, who could be the Rangers' biggest competition for Greinke. The Angels have unloaded right-hander Ervin Santana and reportedly are in discussions to dump righty Dan Haren. That would leave them with only Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson, so Greinke would seem to be a top priority.

-- Jeff Wilson

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