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Oh, hey, look at that! The Nats, Padres and Rays made one of those stupid 50 player deals from a mailbag column!

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Jeff Banister got his wife a romantic anniversary present: a dinner with Elvis Andrus.

Upon seeing the Ranger response to repeated calls by the fans to "do something, anything!" in the 2013-14 offseason, Jon Daniels is now shouting "stop doing things!" in the 2014-15 offseason.

Even though I want to make a drunken bar fight joke about Tanner Scheppers' "he actually kicked my butt" quote in this T.R. Sullivan story, it's about the Rangers taking video games to a children's hospital and that's probably not okay.  So I'll just say that it's nice that they do these things.

Jon Daniels says that Ryan Rua may get a chance to guts and grit his way into a workmanlike role with the team in 2015, a move that may one day earn him a spot on the Baltimore Orioles.

Matt Harrison was named the winner of the 2014 Good Guy Award.

Jurickson Profar rejects the idea of shoulder surgery, noting that there are many things he can do for the team with an irreparably damaged shoulder: spit sunflower seeds while shouting earthy aphorisms, serve as a cautionary tale about hubris, make white noise and ocean sounds to soothe Adrian Beltre to sleep, really the possibilities are endless.

Because torn muscles are the new market inefficiency, newly signed Kyle Blanks is still having trouble with his torn calf muscle that sidelined him for the last half of 2014.

Deciding to kick the heat on this offseason up a notch, the Rangers signed reliever Mitch Atkins to a minor league deal yesterday.

Calvin Watkins has a post about trading for Josh Hamilton.

And, finally, because weird cover songs are fun, here's Postmodern Jukebox's 50's Doo Wop cover of We Can't Stop.  And here is a sad clown doing Lorde's Royals.  And a 40's style cover of Brittany Spears' Womanizer.  Man, I love this channel.