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December 08, 2011

Rangers update from winter meetings: Moreland, Teagarden trade, Rule 5 Draft

It's been a busy morning in the final day of the winter meetings at the Hilton Anatole. All the talk, of course, is on the Anaheim Angels signing free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. They are clearly making a push to move back atop the AL West.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have been going about their business, and were prepared for Wilson to land elsewhere. General manager Jon Daniels said the team doesn't view the Angels' signings as "punch, counterpunch."

With that being said, Daniels and the Rangers are planning on Mitch Moreland being the starting first baseman at the beginning of the 2012 season.

Here are a few other notes from the Rangers:

* The Rangers completed the Taylor Teagarden trade with the Baltimore Orioles. The player to be named later was infielder Greg Miclat, who spent last season at Double A. Miclat, a 24-year-old switch hitter, batted .280 with two home runs and 24 RBIs in 120 games with Double A Bowie last season. He will not be placed on the 40-man roster, although he is expected to get an invitation to big league spring training.

* The Rangers selected three players in the Triple A phase of the Rule 5 Draft -- left-hander Fabian Williamson from the Oakland organization; outfielder Efrain Nunez from the Seattle organization; and infielder Alex Buccholz from the Cincinnati organization.

-- Drew Davison

 

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