MLB rumors: Texas Rangers interested in Bartolo Colon

October 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning in game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent pitcher Bartolo Colon won’t be returning to the Oakland Athletics, that much we know. But might he find his way to fellow division foe, the Texas Rangers? It’s a possibility as the team has interest in the 40-year-old starter:

As such, a baseball source said that they have interest in former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon, a free agent who went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA last season for Oakland.

Colon, who will turn 41 in May, would push Alexi Ogando out of the rotation and keep Robbie Ross in the bullpen, an area of the club that is also undergoing change for 2014 with Joe Nathan off to Detroit.

The problem? Texas (understandably) isn’t willing to commit more than a one-year deal to Colon, who is looking to cash in off his successful stint in Oakland.

The Athletics deemed Colon’s requests too much of an investment, something the Rangers (despite their interest) seem to be doing as well.

There’s no doubt that if Colon dropped his demand of a multi-year deal, he’d have no shortage of suitors but now he continues to struggle to find a team willing to commit for more than one season.

Topics: Bartolo Colon, Texas Rangers

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