Rangers' next move?
As we've mentioned here the past few days, the Texas Rangers have been quiet so far this offseason. But they could start making some moves now that their main competition for the AL West just shifted the balance of power.
Even with Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson on the Los Angeles Angels, the Rangers have some options when it comes to battling back.
There's been some hinting that Prince Fielder could be a possibility, and wouldn't his lefty bat be a perfect fit for that loaded lineup in hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark?
The New York Post's George A. King reported Saturday that the Rangers could be looking to sign Fielder and trade current first baseman Mitch Moreland to the Tampa Bay Rays for starter Wade Davis.
King also posed another scenario in which Texas could acquire Casey McGehee from the Milwaukee Brewers to play first, freeing up Moreland as a chip.
We've also heard from ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that Rangers pitching prospect could be used as bait to land Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics. Meanwhile, Rumor Central's Jason A. Churchill speculated that third base prospect Mike Olt could intrigue the A's, as well.
All in all, there do seem to be situations in which the Rangers could regain the advantage in the division by signing Fielder and using some of their young talent as trade bait to land an arm for their rotation. It's just a matter of whether or not Texas would deem it worthwhile to take on the payroll necessary to do so.
ESPN Insider's Jim Bowden sees Fielder to the Rangers as one of 10 moves that could still happen in Saturday's column:
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