Rangers Rumors: Texas bids for free agent starting pitcher Justin Masterson

The Texas Rangers have made their first true bid for a free agent starting pitcher this winter, as they begin to set their sights on retooling the starting rotation for the 2015 MLB season.

Per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, "according to a major league source, the club has made a contract offer on right-hander Justin Masterson, who is trying to come back from a disappointing injury-plagued season."

Despite a tough year in 2014, the market appears crowded for the veteran righty. According to reports cited by Grant, Masterson's agent, Randy Rowley has already conducted meetings with Boston Red Sox officials and is currently scheduled to meet with the Miami Marlins during the ongoing winter meetings.

Masterson will turn 30 years old in March. He went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA in 128.2 innings split between the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals last season. It appears the Rangers are banking on Masterson finding both his stuff and his confidence once Opening Day rolls around next year.

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