The Rangers are less than a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, but the subject of potential free-agent signings remains a foremost topic of conversation. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was asked about it on Friday during a conference call normally held this time of year to preview Spring Training. That's hard to do when the list of available free agents includes prominent pitchers Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Greg Holland among many others. Daniels was asked if there was still a possibility of a major free-agent acquisition before … well, before the whole process is over with. "I don't think we can rule it out," Daniels said. "But nothing I've said this winter has changed … what our goals are, our eye level, our expectations." Daniels has said all winter that the possibility of signing another frontline starting pitcher -- i.e. Darvish -- is "highly unlikely." But it still lingers. There is a possibility that Darvish, more than any single factor, is holding up the free-agent market. He is considered the top free-agent pitcher on the market, and those guys usually sign in November. The question is if Darvish is still hoping the Rangers will sign him, or the Dodgers, or he just can't make up his mind. Whatever the reason, the free-agent market remains stagnant and the Rangers are trying to stay ready.