A slow day finally got a little more interesting after a brief talk with Nolan Ryan and the other two DFW media outlets. The Hall of Fame pitcher and Rangers team president spoke about a Monday meeting with Ben Sheets, and said he felt that the free-agent right-hander expressed sincere interest in coming to the Rangers.
The Rangers could have an advantage with Sheets geographically. Sheets lives in Dallas, was born in Baton Rouge, La., and went to College in Monroe, La. Mike Maddux, Sheets' pitching coach in Milwaukee, is also a plus for the Rangers.
Ryan cautioned that the Rangers didn't budget for a big-name free agent and said some things would have to happen (read, trade of Hank Blalock) to free up some salary room.
The meeting ended with Sheets telling the Rangers he'd be in touch, and Ryan didn't rule out a second meeting.
-- Jeff Wilson