The Texas Rangers are in the hunt for pitching plain and simple. The Rangers will likely be bidding on Kerry Wood, Brian Fuentes and Trevor Hoffman in a attempt to improve the closer position on the pitching staff. Frank Francisco projects as a outstanding set up man but the Rangers don’t feel comfortable with him pitching in the 9th inning. The Rangers will also be kicking the tires on righty relievers like Russ Springer, Brandon Lyon, Luis Ayala, Juan Cruz, David Weathers and Bobby Howry. The Rangers also need lefty help in the bullpen and they will be looking at Joe Beimel, Jeremy Affeldt, Brian Shouse and Dennys Reyes. The Rangers will also be in the hunt for one pricey starting pitcher and one that’s trying to rebound. Randy Johnson, Oliver Perez, Ben Sheets, Derek Lowe, A.J. Burnett and Ryan Dempster likely fit into the expensive class. The Rangers will also look at cheaper pitchers like Brad Penny, Braden Looper, Paul Byrd, Pedro Martinez, Freddy Garcia and Mike Hampton. Also, don’t rule out the Rangers bringing back Kenny Rogers if they get a deal on him. The Rangers’ offense is good enough to make the playoffs but they need to start stopping other teams from scoring so many runs.