As has been widely speculated since Friday evening, MLB announced that the LA Dodgers submitted the high posting bid for Korean left-hander Ryu-Hyun Jin of the Hanwha Eagles. The Rangers submitted a bid ahead of the Thursday deadline, but fell short of the reported $25.7 million winning bid.
The Rangers are still looking for a starting pitcher to fill out their rotation. All along they have had free agent Zack Greinke atop their wish list, and team president Nolan Ryan said nothing earlier this week to suggest otherwise. Ryan said that he believes Greinke could be an exception to the risk of a long-term contract because of a fluid delivery and a history of durability.
Possible terms of six years and $150 million for Greinke were floated at the GM meetings. The Angels are expected to go all-in for the former Cy Young winner to help repair a starting rotation that has been stripped of Ervin Santana and Dan Haren. Greinke finished the season in Anaheim after being dealt there by Milwaukee ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Anibal Sanchez is another free-agent starter, and the Rangers reportedly have shown an interest in him. He finished the season with Detroit after another deadline deal.
-- Jeff Wilson