Report: Rangers among teams with legitimate interest in Jon Gray

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The Texas Rangers are among the teams showing legitimate interest in free-agent right-hander Jon Gray, sources told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

Gray is considered a candidate to sign a deal within the next week, and Steven Matz’s four-year, $44-million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals could serve as a comparable, Jon Morosi of MLB Network adds.

The Rangers are in the midst of a rebuild but have committed to adding payroll this winter; they could reportedly tack on as much as $100 million.

Gray, 30, has spent the last seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies after they drafted him third overall in the 2013 MLB Draft. Colorado didn’t tender him a one-year, $18.4-million qualifying offer after he authored a 4.59 ERA and 4.22 FIP over 149 innings in 29 starts last season, so any team can sign Gray without surrendering draft-pick compensation.

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