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Matt Garza an option for Rangers

Matt Garza could end up on Texas' radar if he proves he's healthy during spring training.

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

With Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando slated into the 2013 rotation, the Texas Rangers don't have an apparent need for a starting pitcher -- especially since Colby Lewis should return at some point in the second half from injury.

The old baseball cliche rings true, however: you can never have enough starting pitching. It's no surprise that Jon Daniels realizes this, as he aggressively pursued Zack Greinke before Greinke ended up signing with the Dodgers.

Still, Texas could end up adding a starting pitcher in the spring. Prior to his injury, the Rangers were interested in Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza, and ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine thinks that the Rangers could decide to pursue Garza again this spring, if Garza proves he's healthy.

Garza made just 18 starts for the Cubs in 2012, pitching 103 and 2/3 innings, striking out 96 and walking 32, while posting a 3.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Without question, Garza is a talented pitcher, and is a capable No. 2 starter in most rotations, and an excellent No. 3 starter.

Elbow injuries, however, are scary, and that's exactly what prevented Garza from pitching in August and September, and it's what precluded the Cubs from trading him down the stretch. Garza, though, was given a clean bill of health from doctors earlier in the offseason.

Acquiring Garza wouldn't satisfy a need for the Rangers, but instead, it would give the Rangers depth in the rotation, and, health permitting, too many pitchers come August.

Whether or not Texas ends up being seriously interested in Garza come March remains to be seen, but given Texas' interest in Greinke and previous interest in James Shields, it seems likely that the Rangers could very well show interest come spring.

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