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08:11 AM ET 12.20 | This offseason, Texas has lost out on both Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke, and big-name trade options have passed it by, too. They are trying, meeting with Edwin Jackson and A.J. Pierzynski, and Cody Ross as well, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com. The Rangers are also in on Nick Swisher, sources say, and they've discussed Adam LaRoche. ... They're said not to love Pierzynski, but their catchers for now are Geovany Soto, Eli Whiteside and Luis Martinez. Ross or Swisher makes some sense, but there are those in the organization who'd rather not block the progress of young Leonys Martin. LaRoche could be a fit at first base, but the current plan seems to be to move Ian Kinsler there to make room for Jurickson Profar at second base.

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December 20, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Rangers have had a rough off season. They are going backwards and the Angels got better. Kinsler to first base is a good idea. He's not a good defensive second baseman.

December 20, 2012  09:47 AM ET

wiseup: Cody Ross is no Josh Hamilton but has been quite serviceable.his defense is average and he has hit for a decent average with some power. I would consider him over Swisher. Pierzynski would be an upgrade over Soto. Pierzynski can be a little abrasive but has talent.

December 20, 2012  09:53 AM ET

The Rangers need another 20HR left handed bat. I think Murphy can take a step up this year and Profar hits OK from the left side, but they need another threat to worry right handed pitching.

December 20, 2012  10:30 AM ET

They made the decision this offseason to go with the kids (in the minors) when they wouldnt give up Andrus nor Profar for Upton. Its risky to bet your whole future on some kids playing big time baseball. Move Olt to OF. Bring up Profar to play 2nd. Move Kinsler to 1b. Bring the kid from Cuba (Leonys Martin) to play Center field with Kittenface. Bring up Perez to fill out the rotation.

December 20, 2012  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

They made the decision this offseason to go with the kids (in the minors) when they wouldnt give up Andrus nor Profar for Upton. Its risky to bet your whole future on some kids playing big time baseball. Move Olt to OF. Bring up Profar to play 2nd. Move Kinsler to 1b. Bring the kid from Cuba (Leonys Martin) to play Center field with Kittenface. Bring up Perez to fill out the rotation.

Going with some kids makes sense epecially with the talent Profar has, but expecting all the kids to peform this season may be asking tooo much. In the AL, the Jays, Angels and Tigers all improved, but the Rangers at least for the moment have taken a step back. I wonder if they'll flip one of their prospect at mid season to fill a need on the roster.

December 20, 2012  12:07 PM ET

ian kinsler likely to replace young who use to be SUPPER UTILITY PLAYER, wonder IF ian kinsler
would like his new role?? tough times arecoming in ian kinsler way,,,

December 20, 2012  12:11 PM ET

rangers could be left hanging from a tree,the way they are making business this days are worse than any other off season, jackson its no longer in the market, pyersinsky could be signed by yankees by now,/nick swisher appears to get ready to sign a deal in the phillies team/rangers still thinking/laroche would like to stay in washington even if he gets less money,,,,rangers still thinking!!

December 20, 2012  12:13 PM ET

the rangers are too passive when it comes about making top business, should rangers ended empty handed?? who would you blame?? the monkey or the free agent agents??

December 20, 2012  12:14 PM ET

rangers should had signed greinke too slow in their decision, the rangers could had signed hamilton, they clearly refuse to give him a 5 years deal/

December 20, 2012  12:15 PM ET

if rangers sign nobody in the free market can't blame nobody but themselves!!!

December 20, 2012  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Rangers have had a rough off season. They are going backwards and the Angels got better. Kinsler to first base is a good idea. He's not a good defensive second baseman.

kinsler appears to be the rangers next center fielder, after all he its taking young's spot and that means bounsing around like a pimp-pong ball!!

December 20, 2012  12:19 PM ET

Running on-running on empty
Running on-running blind
Running on-running into the sun
But I'm running behind

December 20, 2012  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Going with some kids makes sense epecially with the talent Profar has, but expecting all the kids to peform this season may be asking tooo much. In the AL, the Jays, Angels and Tigers all improved, but the Rangers at least for the moment have taken a step back. I wonder if they'll flip one of their prospect at mid season to fill a need on the roster.

they may the may not, but time will tell, a thin rotation, and the lineup weakened by no hamilton and napoli-less things looking negative-7

December 20, 2012  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Running on-running on empty Running on-running blind Running on-running into the sun But I'm running behind

got to stay positive who knows the kids may win the pennant, anything could happen now days!!!

December 20, 2012  04:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Rangers have had a rough off season. They are going backwards and the Angels got better. Kinsler to first base is a good idea. He's not a good defensive second baseman.

He doesn't seem to have the physical stature usually associated with a major league first baseman.

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December 20, 2012  04:49 PM ET

Sometimes the best off-season move a franchise can make is no move. The Rangers have lots of young talent and it's time to see if those youngsters can excel at the MLB level.

Losing Hamlilton to free agency didn't hurt...losing him to the Angels did. That was a calculated move by Hamilton, too. I think the guy is a complete lowlife after all the Rangers organization did for him. Sure, he drove in lots of runs but he also stayed hurt, is a head case, requires 7/24/365 babysitting and he quit on the Rangers this past September...after struggling in June-July because he decided to quit smokeless tobacco in the middle of the season. I wrote last spring and still wish the Rangers had traded his ungrateful **** last year.

I choose to believe that Daniels and Nolan Ryan know a lot more about the Rangers and baseball than the rest of us. I trust them to do what's best for the team both now and for the future.

December 20, 2012  05:02 PM ET

the rangers would need to trade top prospects for a starter pitcher nolasco from florida??
or sign carlos zambrano as a last resort?
kyle lohse could be to expensive to sign him anyways,
the texas team would need to trade prospects to the dodgers for starters, and i mean prospects
even IF rangers refuse, unless they DO NOT WANT TO BE A COMPETETIVE TEAM NEXT SEASON!!!

December 20, 2012  05:05 PM ET

you have to sacrifice something in order to get better either in rotation/lineup/or bullpen/
rangers do not have any other choice,there are available starters through the trade market should rangers use that simple approach?? or they are collecting prospects!!??

 
December 20, 2012  05:06 PM ET

angels need another starter in order to get better in their devastated rotation,halos needed to sacrifice offense for pitching,now what is wrong with that??

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