Rangers thinking about pursuing Manny

Rangers thinking about pursuing Manny

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are mulling the possibility of talking to the Dodgers about outfielder Manny Ramirez although club officials downplayed the chances of a deal getting done.

Club officials said they are considering all possibilities to improve the team and the idea of adding Ramirez's big bat is tempting. The Rangers' lineup is dominated by left-handed hitters and the club has been seeking right-handed balance all season.

One club official said it's unlikely the Rangers will land him and predicted Ramirez, who was reportedly placed on waivers this week, would remain with the Dodgers. The White Sox are also reportedly interested and could claim Ramirez off waivers before the Rangers get a chance at him.

The Rangers are simply considering all possibilities before the Sept. 1 deadline. To be eligible for the postseason roster, a player has to be acquired before that date and the Rangers are seeing if there are any other moves that can be made.

"We really like our team, but you never rule out trying to improve," general manager Jon Daniels said.

Ramirez, who did not play on Thursday, is one of several Dodgers to reportedly be placed on waivers as the team decides whether or not it's a contender. Ramirez has made three trips to the disabled list this season, all of them because of injuries to his right leg. Twice his calf was strained and that's what kept him out for more than a month until Aug. 21. He's 2-for-9 with a pair of doubles and an RBI since returning.

Adding Ramirez would mean an outfield of him, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. It would leave David Murphy and Julio Borbon on the bench. It could give the Rangers a powerful lineup -- especially when Cruz and Ian Kinsler come off the disabled list. But it would weaken them defensively and outfield defense has been a huge strength for the Rangers this season.

The Rangers are not interested in Brad Hawpe, who was let go by the Colorado Rockies last week and is a free agent. Hawpe is a left-handed hitter and the Rangers' lineup is already loaded with left-handed hitters.

A club official said the Rangers like the player, but don't see him as a fit for their current needs.