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In crazy offseason, could something crazy still happen for Rangers?

Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Baseball

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Fan Fest traditionally serves as the kickoff to another Texas Rangers season, and before any of those who attended Saturday's festivities know it, spring training will be upon them.

Rangers pitchers and catchers must be in the state of Arizona by Feb. 14 for report date. The positions players must report five days later. These days, though, everyone is usually in place ahead of their respective deadline.

The next three weeks should fly by, though there is still plenty of time for general manager Jon Daniels to add to the spring roster. There remains no shortage of candidates available via free agency.

The majority of the signings will likely be to minor-league deals, though the possibility that the Rangers sign Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lorenzo Cain and Greg Holland -- and other top free agents -- remains.

It remains unlikely, as Daniels told the media and a group of fans during a Fan Fest question-and-answer session, but something is going to give.

Players might panic. Teams might cave. Salary demands might drop. Teams might see an opportunity.

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In an unprecedented offseason that has caught Daniels and other executives off-guard, adding a premium player seems more likely than Daniels is letting on.

"The market, for whatever reason -- for a variety of reasons, probably -- has moved much slower than usual," Daniels said. "By just the number of players out there, not just the free agents but a number of trades conversations still ongoing, I would expect that between now and Opening Day things would change somewhat.

"How much and when is a little hard to forecast."

Darvish continues to make the most sense for the Rangers, who have been touting their current starting pitchers but know that he's better than any of them. A source said that there has been more activity between Darvish and his suitors, and the Darvish camp is await the next round of calls from the Rangers.

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