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December 06, 2011

Rangers' first focus is C.J. Wilson

An afternoon of discussions among Rangers executives has produced the notion that if the money per year is going to be the same to sign C.J. Wilson as it would be Mark Buehrle, the Rangers should attempt to first pursue Wilson.

The problem then becomes the length of the contract. The Rangers would not be willing to make a six-year offer to re-sign Wilson, even if that allows him to go to the Angels. Buehrle is expected to command fewer years, perhaps as few as three.

Though some in the organization prefer Buehrle (long track record, veteran presence, quick worker, strike thrower, quality fielder), others believe that Wilson has better stuff and as a still-developing starter has a chance to be better than he has shown in his two years in the rotation.

General manager Jon Daniels and agent Bob Garber will meet tonight after the Rangers wrap up their affiliates dinner.

"He might get an offer he can't refuse tonight, and vice versa we might get an opportunity we can't refuse," Daniels said. "We've just agreed to stay in touch, keep each other posted and keep the dialogue going. We're not holding him up, and he's not holding us up."

A report surfaced around 7 p.m. saying the Rangers had offered Wilson four years at $60 million, but Garber quickly shot it down, calling the report "fabricated."

-- Jeff Wilson

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