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November 05, 2008

GM meetings: Day 2 no-news newsflash

General manager Jon Daniels had nothing to report again, or at least he claimed he had nothing. He did not -- did not -- participate in the three-on-three hoops outing. So, no sprained ankle.

Here's what he had to say nothing about, and some items others have mentioned:

He and his team of executives have met with an undisclosed number of teams about the availability of Rangers catchers. Inquiries have been made about all four. They've covered all possible scenarios: not trading any of them, trading one of them, trading two of them or signing a catcher and trading three of them.

Daniels has a better feel than he did two days ago about where the Rangers stand in possible trades and with free agents, but it's still too early in the off-season to say anything definitively.

Ninety percent of the Rangers' focus here has been on pitching. Among the other 10 percent is what to do at third base. That will depend on Hank Blalock, who is expected to speak with Daniels before Friday. That's the deadline for the Rangers to exercise the club option. Blalock hasn't told the Rangers that he can't play third base, but it doesn't seem likely that he can. Casey Blake might be too pricey to sign as a free agent, leaving Joe Crede and his bad back, lack of speed, high strikeouts, so-so average and .930 fielding percentage. Travis Metcalf could be the 2009 starter.

The Rangers reportedly are one of the teams who could be in play for free-agent reliever Brian Fuentes.

-- Jeff Wilson

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