The current construction of the Texas Rangers, the club’s general manager and field manager say, is good enough to be a contender in the American League West for the sixth consecutive year and possibly its champion for a third time since 2010.

Better players can be added, they agree, but there is no pressure to make a knee-jerk deal because of the work already done this off-season. Upgrades are luxury items at this point.

But that posturing didn’t stop Rangers brass from exploring the acquisition of the two pre-eminent free-agent outfielders, including one who is very familiar, on Monday during the first day of the annual winter meetings.

General manager Jon Daniels confirmed that he met with Nelson Cruz’s agent at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort and acknowledged the club’s interest in Shin-Soo Choo.

Cruz appears to be more of a realistic target to upgrade an outfield that could use more power in left field, but both would come at luxury prices. That could very well keep the Rangers out on both players.

“There’s nothing really to report, but conversations are amicable in nature,” Daniels said of the talks with Cruz’s agent, Adam Katz. “I don’t know if anything will come of it. We feel that we’ve probably made our biggest move already. We’d still like to do some things with the club, but it has to be the right fit.”

Cruz is seeking at least a three-year deal in his first crack at free agency, and the Rangers would prefer a two-year contract with an option year. A baseball source said that Baltimore and Seattle have shown interest in Cruz, but no team had presented a formal offer.

The Rangers can re-sign him without losing draft-pick compensation, but other teams would lose a first-round pick for signing him. That, along with the lingering baggage from the 50-game suspension, could help the Rangers in their pursuit of Cruz.

Though manager Ron Washington said he would rather have a middle-of-the-order hitter like Cruz than a leadoff man like Choo, the Rangers could look for platoon pieces to pair with players already on the roster.

Michael Choice, acquired last week for Craig Gentry, is the front-runner to start in left field, but the Rangers could add a veteran left-handed hitter to split the time. Engel Beltre also could form a platoon with the righty-hitting Choice.