Good morning. The Winter Meetings begin in earnest today. The Jon Daniels era Rangers aren’t usually involved in a lot of the hoopla surrounding baseball’s winter bazaar. JD instead seems to like to use his time to gather information and then make a decision a month later from his own office instead of while getting wrassled by an unhinged lunatic in a hotel suite.
Jeff Wilson previews the Winter Meetings from Texas’ perspective and writes that moves made this offseason will be more geared to seasons beyond 2019.
T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers are open for business and ready to talk about anything and everyone but...you know, probably not like Jerry Dipoto-level willing to do things.
Wilson ponders the next contention window timeline with Texas waiting on their pitching prospects to arrive to team up with their young core of hitters.
Evan Grant writes that Jurickson Profar could be an attractive consolation prize for the teams that lose out on signing Manny Machado.
Wilson writes that, at the very least, the Rangers have a shiny new ballpark on the way to use as bait to land players.
Grants notes that Tom Grieve’s most vilified trade from his time as Rangers GM is now a trade that landed Texas a future Hall of Famer for some chump who couldn’t even make it to Cooperstown.
And, lastly... no, but seriously, Harold Baines?!
Have a nice day!