The off-season hot stove heated up quickly and reached a boiling point Tuesday with a bevy of trades and free-agent signings only days ahead of the frenetic annual winter meetings.
The TexasRangers have been among the busier teams, striking the biggest trade so far in the Ian Kinsler-for-Prince Fielder swap last month and dealing away Craig Gentry for Michael Choice in a four-player deal Tuesday.
There’s more work to be done for general manager Jon Daniels and more players, even difference-makers, to be had. But Daniels put an apparent kibosh Wednesday on All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano.
The top free agent on the market, despite the rumors, isn’t in the Rangers’ current plans.
“We’ve talked to agents for most of the guys out there,” Daniels said. “I’m not going to comment on specific guys, but that being said, upgrading our infield is pretty low on our priority list.”
Cano, a free agent for the first time, is seeking a deal that would make him baseball’s highest-paid player. The Seattle Mariners are considered a front-runner to sign Cano after his former team, the New York Yankees, added catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Rangers have Jurickson Profar in line to start at second base after Kinsler was dealt to Detroit. They need a designated hitter, but they aren’t interested in putting Profar back in the utility infielder/DH role he has last season.
-- Jeff Wilson