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December 09, 2013

Winter meetings Monday update: False start

So far the winter meetings, at least as far as the Rangers are concerned, haven't started.

Sure, general manager Jon Daniels and his staff are here, and a few of them, including Daniels, have actually left the war room at the Walt Disney Dolphin Resort. But not much news involved the Rangers has emerged.

The most interesting Rangers nugget so far is that third-base prospect Joey Gallo, on hand to accept the Joe Bauman Award for hitting the most homers (40) in the minors in 2013, is working out again this off-season with Jason Giami and Troy Tulowitzki.

But this winter has been different. Gallo said that Giambi has taken him under his wing and his helping with his hitting and his mental approach. Both are left-handed power hitters, but Giambi has the plate discipline and has been the kind of contact hitter that Gallo aspires to be.

Gallo struck out 172 times last season.

"Giambi pretty much works with me all the time," Gallo said. "He's taken me under his wings a little bit, showing me the ropes. That’s a great resource to have."

The Rangers are still looking for outfield help and for pitching depth. Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz are the big names remaining on the outfield market, and Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka and Matt Garza are two of the pitchers the Rangers could focus on if they decided to add a big-name starter.

-- Jeff Wilson

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