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December 27, 2013

Rangers unlikely to pursue Masahiro Tanaka

Owner and co-chairman Bob Simpson said the Texas Rangers are "a little bit out of budget" by signing Shin-Soo Choo to a $130 million contract, and doesn't expect the team to aggressively pursue Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka has been posted by his Japanese team, Rakuten, and comes with a $20 million fee on top of his contract.

"Tanaka would be a tough thing," Simpson said. "We aggressively went after Yu [Darvish] who we are fortunate to have. I guess I should never say never, but at the moment we’re more interested in just rounding out our team than marquee players."

Simpson went on to say that the club has made two significant additions this off-season with the Choo signing and acquiring Prince Fielder in a trade with the Detroit Tigers.

With those moves, Simpson said, "This should, in my mind, make us the favorites in the West with this team."

-- Drew Davison

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