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December 05, 2011

Winter meetings under way in Dallas

The Rangers, along with the 29 other big-league teams, have gathered their brightest minds and sequestered them to a suite at the Hilton Anatole as the annual winter meetings get under way.

Most Rangers brass spent the night at their homes in the area and reconvened in Dallas this morning. They won't leave again until Thursday afternoon. Manager Ron Washington was one of the few who stayed at the hotel. His flight from New Orleans was delayed about two hours, and he didn't arrive here until 10 p.m.

Many analysts are anticipating a busy week. Miami got the signing frenzy started by signing Jose Reyes to a six-year deal worth $106 million. C.J. Wilson's goal is to get his new contract signed before the meetings end Thursday.

Those same analysts seem to have the Rangers interested seemingly in every player available. That's the burden of being the two-time American League champions and having an ownership group willing to open their wallets.

Wilson, according to general manager Jon Daniels, will return to the Rangers "in a perfect world." They also have interest in another free-agent left-hander, Mark Buehrle. Yu Darvish, who could be posted as early as Thursday, is also on the Rangers' radar. That's a bit more complicated because of the posting system in which MLB teams must submit bids to Darvish's team in Japan (the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters) just to gain the right to negotiate with him.

-- Jeff Wilson



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