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Thursday a.m. Rangers things

Counting down the seconds until spring training starts...

Evan Grant writes that the Rangers are close to a two-year deal with Nelson Cruz, which would mean no arbitration hearing for him next week.

Anthony Andro has a story on the Elvis Andrus contract extension at Fox Sports Southwest.

Jeff Wilson writes that the Elvis Andrus contract extension is a win-win for the team and the player, and that the organization will continue to talk to Andrus about a deal that would buy out some of his free agency years.

Grant has the breakdown of how the $14.5 million for Andrus is structured.

Behind the paywall, Grant has a piece on the Rangers' efforts to sign some of their key players to extensions.

T.R. Sullivan has a story on the Rangers' roster situation heading into spring training (which is just two weeks away) and the various on-the-field issues the team has to sort out.

Richard Durrett continues his series where he looks at the various Rangers positions heading into spring training with a look at the #4 starter, Matt Harrison.

Richard Justice writes that, while the Rangers kicked the tires on Prince Fielder this offseason, they still believe in Mitch Moreland.