Good morning. Baseball's business week-long winter flea market begins today. Or, as we call it in Texas, the week where JD tries to acquire Justin Upton. Prepare for hot, hot rumors, fake Chris Cotillo twitter accounts, and, well, tepid participation from the Rangers.
Craig Calcaterra has a guide for what to watch for at the Winter Meetings this year. With any luck, that will include watching an old man fall into the lobby fountain again.
Mike Oz of the Big League Stew has 10 MLB storylines to keep an eye on this week. Of those, of course, is the annual pursuit of Justin Upton.
Good news, everybody! T.R. Sullivan writes about how the Rangers have acquired Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo, Yu Darvish, Jurickson Profar, Tanner Scheppers, and many more this offseason so they don't really have to do anything at the Winter Meetings. And here I was planning to watch MLB Network all day.
Evan Grant writes that acquiring Andrew Cashner from the Padres is No. 1 on the Rangers' wishlist, not Upton. How funny would it be if A.J. Preller's first big move as a GM was getting franchise-altering prospects from the Rangers for an oft-injured pitcher? The student becomes the master.
Jeff Wilson writes that the Rangers have been engaged in a ton of trade talk leading up to the Winter Meetings and now it's time to see if they're all talk and no walk.
Finally, much to EG's chagrin, despite a need for a starter or two, don't expect to see the Rangers take C.J. Wilson off the Angels' hands.