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December 06, 2012

Daniels: Rangers in better place, but not close to more deals

Jon Daniels' bags were packed as he met with the local media Thursday afternoon for the final time at these winter meetings, which came to an end with the Rangers having a clearer picture of how they are sitting in regards to their big off-season goals but with those goals not yet met.

Daniels said the Rangers were very targeted and very aggressive as they moved on the building of the 2013 team. Nothing is new with Josh Hamilton, said Daniels, and he declined to comment specifically on the progress of a possible Michael Young trade or a multi-team deal that would produce Arizona outfielder Justin Upton.

He plans to make contact with Hamilton agent Mike Moye within the next few days. The Rangers might be the front-runners for Greinke after the GMs for the Los Angeles teams bad-mouthed their chances at landing the right-handed starter.

And even though the framework for deals are more in place than when the winter meetings started, though their place in the Hamilton sweepstakes apprently hasn't advanced, Daniels has no idea on when the pieces might start to come together.

"I would have guessed something would have happened here," Daniels said. "And I would have been wrong. It hasn't gotten to the point where something had fallen through that I thought was going to get done."

While Daniels wasn't specific, Arizona GM Kevin Towers offered a few more pointed remarks about the multi-team trade in which the Diamondbacks and Rangers are involved. He doesn't expect anything to happen within the next 48 hours, and he said his side is in no rush to make a deal.

Daniels' plan for the rest of Thursday was to fly back to DFW Airport and head directly to his home.

That doesn't mean that his phone won't ring.

-- Jeff Wilson

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