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February 12, 2012

With budget stretched, Rangers likely done for off-season

Mike Napoli's one-year deal for $9.4 million was announced by the Rangers on Sunday, and general manager Jon Daniels followed a few hours later by announcing that the Rangers are over budget and not likely to add any other free agents this off-season.

The spring roster includes 58 players, but Daniels said that any other additions would likely be through non-roster deals or trades. The Rangers backed away from free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt 10 days ago, though the right-hander still wants to play for them, and the club and left-hander Michael Gonzalez were never able to strike on their mutual interest.

"You never want to shut the door," Daniels said. "There's a level of interest in both guys, but as far as a fit and payroll-wise, it's not as easy to see it."

Pitchers and catchers have their first workout Feb. 23, and the Rangers' first full-squad workout isn't until Feb. 26. Utility infielder and lefty reliever are areas that could be upgraded, and there is still time to do so. But, according to Daniels, there isn't the money to do anything with free agents.

-- Jeff Wilson


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