Report: Rangers Eliminated From Zack Wheeler Sweepstakes

By 105.3 The Fan
DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Heading into the offseason, the Rangers' top two positions of need were third base and starting pitching. Third base is a work in progress with the club high on Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson, and they already filled one spot in the rotation with the addition of Kyle Gibson

Texas would now like to add a starter who can lead the rotation into their new ballpark next season. After Stephen Strasburg and Gerritt Cole became unlikely to join Texas, the Rangers set their sights on the next guy on the list, Zack Wheeler. But it appears he won't be coming here, either.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday morning that Wheeler is no longer considering the Rangers as reports have swirled that the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds are the finalists for his services. Wheeler has reportedly received at least one five-year, $100 million offer. It's unknown if Texas was willing to make that kind of commitment to the 29-year-old. 

So, what's next for the Rangers? They continue to wait on Rendon after he and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels met over the weekend, while they determine which direction they go on the pitching front. 

The next tier of free-agent starting pitchers includes Hyun-Jin Ryu of Los Angeles, Dallas Keuchel of Atlanta and Madison Bumgarner of San Francisco. Grant reports that it's unclear if the Rangers would bid on any of those pitchers or elect to make a play for someone in the next tier such as Michael Pineda, Rick Porcello and Julio Teheran.