One of my favorite teams to watch this off-season is definitely the Texas Rangers, what with the repeat World Series appearances and the how-do-they-follow-that-up questions, losing C.J. Wilson, and the ever-present big move rumors (Fielder anyone?). Add in the mega money coming in from the TV deal and we could be looking at the next (current) payroll behemoth that should have the AL West shuddering.
The latest rumors and notes have the club checking in on Ryan Madson as a potential addition to Joe Nathan, potential interest in Brad Hawpe, and then yesterday's Greg Reynolds acquisition:
Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS: #rangers checked in on mad ...
#rangers checked in on madson. not a huge need as they have nathan, adams (and feliz), but remember, they'd called on bailey
Brad Hawpe Close to Signing Minor League Deal: Rangers Interested? - MLB Daily Dish
"Brad Hawpe is close to signing a minor league deal with a spring training invite, drawing interest from at least three teams according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. T.R Sullivan, also with MLB.com, confirms that one of the teams interested is the Texas Rangers..."
Rangers acquire RHP Greg Reynolds for 1B Chad Tracy - Lone Star Ball
"Interesting deal...Tracy is the son of Rockies manager Jim Tracy, and while he was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2006 draft (between 1st rounder Kasey Kiker and 4th rounder Marcus Lemon) as a catcher, he is a 1B/DH at this point, and didn't appear to have a future as more than an organizational depth player with the Rangers."
AL West Minor League Signings: Hurley, Kawasaki, Edwards, Castro - MLB Daily Dish
"Like the Angels, the Texas Rangers only made one move as well by signing Jon Edwards, reports Matt Eddy. Edwards converted from the outfield to a right-handed reliever last season."
Rangers GM Jon Daniels On Mike Napoli, Prince Fielder, Bullpen, Yu Darvish - MLB Daily Dish
Rangers GM Jon Daniels spoke with MLB.com's T.R. Sullivanon other things involving the Rangers, such as Mike Napoli, Prince Fielder, Yu Darvish and the team's bullpen...