While the Rangers are keeping in touch with free agent Yu Darvish, they don't appear to be the favorites to sign him. In fact, it's probable that Darvish will land with another suitor, such as the Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees, Brewers or Twins. In a Friday interview with MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels confirmed that he has remained in contact with Darvish this offseason. But Daniels did not express optimism about the chances for a deal, citing the club's previous decision to distribute payroll among newly acquired starters Matt Moore, Mike Minor and Doug Fister. "I generally don't like to comment on specific free agents who aren't our own guys; obviously he was most recently with the Dodgers," Daniels said of Darvish, who made four All-Star appearances with the Rangers before last July's trade to Los Angeles. "All along, I've felt like this was not the year -- for a variety of reasons -- that we were going to be in at the top of the market. We tried to be aggressive in identifying some pitchers we liked, but we were spreading out resources. "We've maintained contact with Darvish for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is we really like the guy. We think very highly of him, both on and off the field. He lives here [in Texas]. We have a long relationship with him. I still maintain it's unlikely we're ultimately going to bring in one of the upper-end pitchers at this point." One player for the Rangers to consider with regard to long-term pitching commitments: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who was born and raised in the Dallas area and has an opt-out in his contract following the upcoming season. Kershaw maintains close ties to Texas and could be intrigued by the idea of pitching at home, especially with the Rangers' new home, Globe Life Field, set to open in 2020.