DALLAS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington has his own wish list of things he'd like to see his club's front office try to do this week and through the offseason. Among those items:
* Bench. The St. Louis Cardinals had a stronger bench in the World Series and that certainly played a part in the outcome of the Fall Classic. Washington would like to shore up that spot, preferably with a right-handed hitter. The utility infield spot is a logical one to help fill that. Mark DeRosa is one name the club is taking a look at. DeRosa told Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com that the Rangers were one of the teams that spoke to his surgeon.
* Bullpen. Washington likes what he has, but knows that additional arms are always a good thing. That includes left-handed pitchers. The club has an interest in bringing back Darren Oliver and Mike Gonzalez, but will take a look at others on the free agent market or through trade.
* Starting pitching. No doubt, that's an area the Rangers would like to address if they can do it without breaking the bank. They have strong interest in Mark Buehrle, who should be more affordable that C.J. Wilson and has a track record of durability.
"I've always admired him," Washington said. "I think he’s a great competitor. He does exactly what a team needs: Gets out there and keeps them in ballgames. His record speaks for itself."
* The Rangers have not given up on Wilson, but whether he can re-sign in Texas will depend on the price tag. If no team gives him $100 million, maybe there's a chance he could return at a more reasonable deal. But we'll see.
"We still haven’t given up on C.J.," Washington said. "We’re still talking to C.J. That’s a decision C.J. has to make. He has a chance to pick and choose right now and you only get that opportunity [the first time] every six years, right? This is his first opportunity and he definitely needs to check out all of his options. I hope the Rangers are one of his options."