This is a bit of a surprise, given the Rangers are expected to stay in the thick of the Cliff Lee bidding until the bitter end (and it probably will turn out bitter with Lee being fitting for pinstripes) and also dealing with bringing back Vladimir Guerrero.
However, it appears that's not stopping the Rangers from trying to upgrade elsewhere -- such as first base, where the club is interested in longtime White Sox Paul Konerko.Konerko is widely expected to return to Chicago but if he does not, wants to go to a team that is close to his home in Arizona. The Rangers count among these teams, although the Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Angels are closer. Helping Texas is its spring training facility in Arizona.
Konerko would actually be a nice get for the Rangers. He would be going to another hitting-friendly ballpark and the club has both first base and DH wide open, as Mitch Moreland isn't enough to serve as a block at first base.
Coming off a career year, Konerko is sure to get at least a two year deal and could wind up with three when all is said and done.
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