The Texas Rangers have continuously been linked to pitcher Kyle Lohse yet continue to publicly deny interest in the free agent.
Lohse has been linked to a variety of teams over the winter but thus far all have denied any interest in the right hander. The failure of Lohse to sign a deal is a combination of two things, draft pick compensation and a salary north of $13 million a season.
The now 34-year-old Lohse was little more than a end of the rotation stater until he arrived in St. Louis. In five years with the Cardinals he was a 55-35 pitcher with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
One team who has constantly denied interest in Lohse has been the Texas Rangers. They recently watched him throw a simulated game but then decried that it was simply the team covering all the bases.
Clearly the Rangers felt the need to watch Lohse pitch in late March even after they spent the beginning of the month denying interest.
The Rangers will not say it in public but they do have interest in Lohse, just not at $13 million a season.