The importance of a deep stable of quality starting pitchers should have been seared into the brains of Texas Rangers brass the past two years.

In 2012, Colby Lewis was injured in July. His replacements didn’t win a start in their final 10 tries, and the Rangers lost out on a third straight American League West title by one game.

In 2013, Matt Harrison was lost for the season in April and Alexi Ogando went on the disabled list three times. The Rangers lost out on a second straight wild-card berth by one game.

Though Ogando finished strong and the reports on Harrison have been positive this off-season, there are still some internal doubts about how durable they will be in 2014.

The same goes for the depth that is in currently in place.

So, to say that he and his lieutenants haven’t been focused on starting pitching at the winter meetings is a bit of an overstatement from general manager Jon Daniels.

The Rangers don’t appear to be interested in signing a starter to a long-term deal, not with all five members of their projected rotation under contractual control for at least two more years and not with a wave of minor leaguers possibly arriving late next season.

A short-term starter, though, has been on the radar.

The Rangers have discussed adding free-agent right-hander Bartolo Colon, who is represented by the same agent as free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, to plug a rotation hole for only 2014.

The addition of Colon, or another starter on a one-year deal, would push Ogando to the bullpen and keep Robbie Ross as a reliever. They would then become part of the starting pitching depth, along with Lewis, Nick Tepesch and Jose Contreras.

As the saying goes, a team can never have enough pitching.

“There’s a difference between trying to add depth and making a significant acquisition,” Daniels said from the Rangers’ war room at the Walt Disney Dolphin Resort.