The Texas Rangers arrived at the All-Star break with the best record in the American League (54-36), but despite a 5.5-game lead in the AL West, the team is looking to upgrade its pitching.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are interested in San Diego Padres All-Star pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who, in his first year in San Diego, is enjoying the best season of his six-year major league career.
The Rangers have looked at several pitchers, Rosenthal reports, but have done "background work" on Pomeranz. Interest in adding to the rotation makes sense for the Rangers, who have starters Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Yu Darvish on the disabled list. Darvish seems closest to returning after making a rehab start in Double-A Frisco on Sunday.
The Padres have faltered to a 38-51 record this season and are a half-game above the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. The Pads might be willing to deal Pomeranz, according to Bill Shaikan of the Los Angeles Times. The left-hander is one of the team's two All-Stars, setting career marks in almost every statistical category in his first season as a full-time starter since 2012. He remains under team control through 2018.
If the Rangers do deal for Pomeranz, it would be a reunion long in the making after the team took him in the 12th round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of high school. Pomeranz did not sign and was selected fifth overall by the Cleveland Indians three years later out of Ole Miss.