Richard Durrett says that there wasn't much action at the winter meetings for the Rangers, but that the team continues to look at possibilities for a righthanded DH and a third baseman. The fact that they are looking for a righthanded DH suggests to me that the question of moving Hank Blalock is when, not if.
Jeff Wilson suggests that the Rangers may be in a situation where they look to bolster themselves from within, rather than making additional moves.
Gil LeBreton says that Randy Johnson would pay for himself, in terms of fan interest, if the Rangers signed him, and that the team needs to add Johnson and Ben Sheets to replace Vicente Padilla and Kevin Millwood because the fans are ready for change.
T.R. Sullivan has some blog notes up, with a collection of quotes from Jon Daniels and Ron Washington, among others.
Meanwhile, in case you hadn't seen the FanPost, the Dallas Observer is saying that the FWST and DMN are going to be sharing beat writers now, with the Rangers being covered exclusively by the FWST, and the DMN just running the FWST's Ranger stories.
If true, that means half the amount of Ranger coverage we are currently getting from the newspapers. And, if true, it would seem to suggest that Evan Grant won't be covering the Rangers any more. Both of those would be significant losses for us.
It also wouldn't seem to be that surprising...the DMN's view of Rangers fans is encapsulized by this comment from Jean-Jacques Taylor:
No one obsesses over the Rangers.
So it wouldn't be shocking if they were opting to punt baseball coverage and half the amount of information that is provided to us non-obsessing, non-passionate fans out here.