The Texas Rangers are "all in" on free agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Rangers president Nolan Ryan has apparently received the go-ahead from ownership to pursue Greinke, who is the top pitcher on the free agent market. The Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers have been involved in talks with the righty, although the Angels have reportedly fallen out of the bidding. Meanwhile, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti's confidence in being able to sign Greinke waned as the Winter Meetings came to an end, says Grant.
Greinke, 29, finished the 2012 season with a 15-5 record and a 3.48 ERA in 34 starts for the Angels and Milwaukee Brewers. Although his strikeout rate dipped from an NL-leading 10.5 per nine innings in 2011, Greinke's walk rate remained steady.
Since re-emerging as a full-time starter with the Royals in 2008, Greinke is 70-43 with a 3.39 ERA in five seasons, while striking out nearly a batter per inning.