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Like a smallpox blanket, Craig Gentry goes to A's as asymptomatic carrier of last fall's Ranger suck virus

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Anthony Andro takes a look at the Choice / Gentry trade and Choice's hometown connection. Jon Daniels says that "if today [were] March 31 and we were playing the Phillies, we're comfortable we can put together a quality outfield with the group we've got." Obviously, if it were after September 1 and we were playing the A's, it's a different story. We'd probably only be comfortable if the roster included Grotrian and Armo and Ethan "Bubblegum" Tate.

Jeff Wilson has a few brief words on the trade, noting that Choice has been to "a ton of Rangers games," and a lengthier take where Jon Daniels pronounces him a once and future outfielder.

T.R. Sullivan says hold on to your horses, folks, the Rangers aren't done in the offseason yet! Among potential moves to thrill you and chill you, he lists signing Kurt Suzuki and/or trading Mitch Moreland for this awesome trained bear.

Richard Justice says that Jon Daniels has grade 7 moxie and has plus-plus potential in the cut of his jib.

Sullivan calls Michael Choice a run producer, and quotes Daniels saying that Choice has hit in every league he's played.

Evan Grant tells us that the Rangers met recently with Shin-Soo Choo, and that the Gentry trade and Tacoby signing may make Curtis Granderson a more attractive option for Texas, and also offers five thoughts on the trade.

Kevin Sherrington says "all Rangers players who were under contract during the 2011 World Series and are still on the team please step forward," then adds "Not so fast, Moreland!"

Over at ESPN, we have reactions from multiple writers, with David Schoenfield going over all the transactions in a fun-filled day, Keith Law ccalls Choice a "nice snag" for the Rangers, and Richard Durrett passing along some scouting reports and also saying his Twitter feeds is full of rage punches from angry Gentry fans.

Finally, here's Chapter 6 of George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, where we learn what you could buy with 30 shillings a week in unemployment compensation.