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Friday morning Rangers news and links

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Good morning, everyone...

Gerry Fraley writes that the Rangers "continue to pursue the possibility" of trading for Cole Hamels, though Hamels' salary is a pretty significant hurdle, given the Rangers' desire not to increase payroll.

Jeff Wilson writes that the Rangers' search for a backup to Robinson Chirinos has them primarily focused on free agent Geovany Soto and trade target Carlos Corporan.

Neftali Feliz and the Rangers agreed to a one year, $4.125M deal, avoiding arbitration.

Evan Grant's countdown of his top 15 Rangers prospects continues, with Jake Thompson being #4 on Evan's list.

Yesterday was Jeff Banister's birthday, and T.R. Sullivan has a story talking about who else was born on January 15, and how Banister's age compares to past Ranger managers.

Rangers co-owner Ray Davis has been added to MLB's executive council.

Gerry Fraley has some notes on Hanser Alberto, Alexi Ogando and Carlos Corporan.