Qualifying Offers Made to Rangers' Targets

A number of players that the Rangers have been rumored to potentially have interest in this winter have been given a qualifying offer by their former team to preserve compensation. I'll update this list as more information is known.

Here are players who were not given a qualifying offer that the Rangers may be interested in:

  • The Yankees have declined tendering Russell Martin a qualifying offer. Martin will likely interest the Rangers with their gaping void at catcher now that Mike Napoli will be free to sign with any team he likes. Perhaps the Rangers roll with a tandem of Martin (or someone like Martin) and Geovany Soto and use the money saved on what it would have cost to sign Napoli on options that they feel would better improve the team.
  • The Anaheim Angels declined tendering Torii Hunter a qualifying offer. Hunter is another possible Hamilton-bat/outfielder replacement. While Hunter is my least favorite baseball player, he had quite a season for the Angels last year (5.3 fWAR, his best season of his career and his first season above 4 fWAR since 2002), and is likely someone who will be on the Rangers' radar. Now there is the added bonus in that he won't cost the Rangers a draft pick to sign.
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