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December 08, 2012

Rangers out on Zack Greinke

So much for a nice, peaceful Saturday for the Rangers, who at lunchtime learned that Michael Young would accept a trade to Philadelphia for two relief pitchers and over dinner received word that free-agent ace Zack Greinke was headed to the Dodgers.

The Rangers had been considered one of the two front-runners for Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young winner who finished 2012 with the Angels. Some had speculated that the Rangers had impressed Greinke with their organization and their wallets, but the Dodgers really wowed him with a six-year deal for a reported $147 million.

He was the Rangers' No. 1 target to fill out a rotation that has one opening. They have also talked about a trade for Mets ace R.A. Dickey and Tampa Bay workhorse James Shields. A source said that free agent Anibal Sanchez had been mentioned only briefly as a possibility.

With one potential $20-plus-million annual salary off the board, the Rangers would appear to have enough money to re-sign Josh Hamilton but remain interested in signing him only to a contract at no more than three or four years. A trade for Justin Upton remains a possibility, though, as Jon Daniels warned, multi-team deals are complicated and often never reach the commissioner's office.

But now that Greinke is off the board, the Rangers could soon know what will happen with the other players they have targeted.

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