Two club officials said that they expect one team will give Darvish more than the Rangers would, but they would be more active if he becomes open to signing for fewer years at a reasonable average annual salary.
The Rangers still like Alex Cobb more than Lance Lynn, both of whom were expected to make less than Darvish and Arrieta when free agency opened.
The bullpen could still use an arm, and plenty of quality relievers remain. Holland isn't a fit, but Sergio Romo, Tony Watson and Matt Albers all are in the mold of the kind of reliever the Rangers were seeking back in November -- veterans who have late-game experience.
Last week, Daniels shot down the Rangers' reported interest in center field Lorenzo Cain and on Saturday he threw more support behind Delino DeShields as the everyday center fielder.
"We want to play Delino in center fielder," Daniels said. "Obviously, Cain's a very good player. I would figure that if we have another big expenditure it would be on the pitching side. I've said all along I think it's unlikely either way."
But he also expected that not this many top free agents would still be available this late in the offseason. Something is going to give.
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