Originally written December 11, 2012 on hardballchat.com:
The Texas Rangers have not made any noise this offseason, which is very unlike them, especially when you look at what they have done in recent years. But with two weeks still to go before Christmas, expect the Rangers to give themselves and their fans a big present sooner rather than later. Whether that comes in the form of Justin Upton or Josh Hamilton remains to be seen. But it is highly unlikely that Texas will fail to land either of them. In fact, there is a greater chance that the Rangers end up with both of them, although it will be much more difficult following the trade between the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals, in which James Shields and Wade Davis were traded for Wil Myers and other high level prospects. It was thought that Texas and the Arizona Diamondbacks would need a third and perhaps even fourth team to make a deal for Upton a possibility. Still, the Diamondbacks want a top shortstop in return for Upton, which the Rangers possess in Elvis Andrus. They also have Jurickson Profar in the minor leagues, although the Rangers have not been willing to move either player to this point. Of course, that could all change, especially if Texas is unable to re-sign Hamilton. If he lands with the Seattle Mariners or another team outside of the American League West, the Rangers will need to do something in order to protect Adrian Beltre’s bat in the lineup. That may still most likely be trading for Upton. Then again, Zack Greinke has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rangers could still sign a starting pitcher such as Anibal Sanchez, or even attempt to make a push to acquire R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets, but they may decide that if they cannot acquire a top flight starting pitcher, they may do everything possible to beef up their lineup, even if it means breaking the bank to sign Hamilton and deal for Upton.     The post MLB Rumors: Do Texas Rangers Prefer Justin Upton To Josh Hamilton? appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

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