2011 Winter Meetings: Big Names Floating Around on Day 2
By Todd Kaufmann
With day one of the 2011 Winter Meetings intthe books and the Texas Rangers yet to make any kind of big splash, today could be the day where they finally start to get into the kind of conversations that big deals usally come out of.
Or they could leave the Anatole Hotel in Dallas not having done a thing. Though that seems less likely with the kind of players they are talking about.
This will be a short post but it will get you up to date on what’s going on with some of the players and what to expect during the second day of the Winter Meetings.
- The Texas Rangers will meet with CJ Wilson and his agent, Bob Garber, sometime this morning at the Anatole Hotel. There was a report earlier this morning that it would be to make their first contract offer. What that offer is going to be is anyone’s guess but you have to believe they want to be competitive with the Los Angeles Angels who are seen as the front runner to land him.
- A rumor began last night and kicked up like a wildfire through the hotel lobby that a mystery team had offered Wilson a six year contract offer. The Washington Nationals were quickly identified as the “mystery team” but general manager Dan Rizzo quickly came out and denied that report to the beat writers.
- Fans continue to ask about Prince Fielder and some even expect the Rangers to sign him before the winter meetings conclude. General manager Jon Daniels has made it clear Mitch Moreland is their first baseman. Translation? Prince Fielder isn’t signing with the Texas Rangers.
- Mark Buehrle is receiving offers for three years and somewhere around $36-$38 million according to Ken Rosenthal. It’s not known whether the Rangers have made an offer to the left hander but what is known is how much Buehrle would love to be a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. There was a report this morning that the Cardinals were shopping pitcher Kyle Lohse in order to make room to sign Buehrle. If Lohse gets moved, this deal will be game, set, match.
- The Rangers apparently had conversations with the Boston Red Sox about Jed Lowrie as well as the Oakland A’s about Andrew Bailey and Gio Gonzalez. There’s no indication how long the conversations lasted or whether the two sides are scheduled to speak again but according to several reports, the Rangers passed on both Bailey and Gonzlez because of what the A’s wanted in return. According to Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest, Mike Olt, Jurickson Profar, and Martin Perez were all a part of the conversation for Bailey.