Rangers set sights on utility infielder

Rangers set sights on utility infielder

DALLAS -- The Rangers met with the Red Sox on Monday. They are trying to find a utility infielder and are interested in Jed Lowrie, a former top prospect who has been set back by a series of ailments the past three years.

Lowrie, a switch-hitter, has been on the disabled list four times in the past three years. But he is healthy right now, and the Red Sox may not be inclined to move him.

"He had the shoulder issue that was resolved, essentially. He just hadn't regained full strength toward the end of the season," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "He should have a good offseason and no issues with him moving forward. He's always been a guy we felt could be an everyday player and has been very close to being an everyday player, won the job at one point and got hurt."

The Rangers' primary goal is to find a utility infielder who can play shortstop. But that is a highly coveted commodity here at the Winter Meetings with at least 10 teams also seeking a similar player.