The off-season comes to end for the Texas Rangers this week, when pitchers and catchers report for spring training and position players trickle in behind them shortly. Judging by what happened -- and what didn't happen -- turning off the Hot Stove might rank as the highlight of the off-season for general manager Jon Daniels. Josh Hamilton took the money and ran to Anaheim. Zack Greinke took the money and ran a little farther north to Los Angeles. A gimpy Mike Napoli is in Boston. Justin Upton was traded to Atlanta. Nelson Cruz is facing a suspension for banned substances. Michael Young was traded, Jurickson Profar is ticketed for Triple A to start the year, and some players privately expressed displeasure with the direction of the club. Daniels, though, has a clear conscience. He's sleeping just fine at night ahead of his arrival to Surprise, Ariz., satisfied that the off-season went well and that the Rangers will be contenders in 2013. "We like what we've done," Daniels said. "A couple guys that we were interested in early on ended up elsewhere. That's part of the deal, but pretty much in every case it was our decision not to finalize deals. "We're not hesitant to do any of those things when the fit is right. We just didn't like the fit. We like our club, and we like the possibilities ahead of us."
Off-season went off course, but Rangers like their chances
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Feb 10