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Monday Morning Rangers Update

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Man, just imagine if we were Miami Marlins fans. So much news! We could talk about how our team is signing every free agent (And, as Jeff Passan points out, the Marlins have now spent $133 million to the $170 million the rest of baseball has spent this winter) or how our owner is so evil that the SEC actually noticed him. Plus, fashion talk. Who doesn't like fashion talk?

As of this morning, the Winter Meetings have begun. Perhaps we'll see some non-Marlins player acquisitions. Maybe, if we're lucky, we'll even see some Ranger player acquisitions.

T.R. Sullivan writes about the Rangers' winter meeting history at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas (Hint: Something big happened there) which is the site for the meetings this year.

Richard Durrett has a winter meetings primer of sorts. He touches on current needs on the team, potential trade pieces, and whether or not the Rangers will make a big splash.

Jeff Wilson takes a look at the possible pitching candidates the Rangers will be focused on at the meetings.

Sullivan writes that a frontline starter is first on the Rangers' wish list. Sullivan quotes Jon Daniels as saying the Rangers aren't looking for a middle of the rotation starter and then concludes that only C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle seem fit the profile for what the Rangers are looking for in the free agency market.

On the C.J. front, reports came out last night that as many as four teams, including those big spending Marlins, have made a contract offer to Wilson.

Evan Grant has a piece behind the DMN paywall about the Rangers attempting to adjust their amateur scouting plans to fit the new CBA rules.

Wilson has a couple of notes about new senior director of player development Tim Purpura being impressed with the Rangers' front office and some thoughts on who might man center field in 2012.

Finally, the talk over the next four days will be about what the Rangers should do, Dayn Perry writes about what the Rangers shouldn't do.