Wednesday a.m. Rangers stuff

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 12: Former Major League Baseball pitcher Greg Maddux attends the UNLV Rebels game against the UC Riverside Highlanders at the Thomas & Mack Center November 12 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. UNLV won 85-41. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Today is the deadline for the Rangers to sign Yu Darvish, and all indications are that a deal will get done, though it probably won't happen until close to the 4 p.m. deadline.

Jeff Wilson writes that the Rangers are "cautiously optimistic" about getting a deal done with Darvish.

If Darvish signs, Alexi Ogando is the most likely candidate to go to the bullpen, and Ogando says that, while he'd prefer to start, he's prepared to pitch in relief if that's where the team needs him.

Behind the paywall, Evan Grant writes that Scott Boras is hoping for the Rangers not to get a deal done with Darvish, as that would then mean they'd turn their attention to Prince Fielder.

Gil Lebreton has a column on the way the Rangers' rotation is being re-worked for 2012.

Anthony Andro has a story on Greg Maddux joining the team for their pitching camp this week to work with the pitchers.

Evan Grant writes that the large spread between what Mike Napoli is asking for in arbitration and what the Rangers are offering helps illustrate why a long-term deal between Napoli and the club couldn't get done.

Thad Levine says he's hopeful the Rangers will be able to extend their streak of not going to arbitration with any of the three players who they still haven't done a deal with.

Drew Davison has notes on the Rangers pitchers working with Greg Maddux, Michael Kirkman as the lone experienced lefty reliever on the roster, and the team's arbitration cases.

Sullivan's notes talk about Kirkman and Martin Perez as bullpen candidates, Matt West and Tommy Mendonca adjusting to position changes, and Greg Maddux working with the Ranger pitchers.

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