Every offseason, I get a headache trying to figure out what the Texas Rangers are doing. This offseason, that headache is approaching a migraine -- one that probably is afflicting club officials, too.
On one hand, the Rangers are trying to re-sign free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton and catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli. On the other hand, they're also engaged in active trade discussions for Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, according to major league sources.
Same idea with starting pitching.
On one hand, the Rangers are trying to sign free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke. On the other hand, they're also discussing trades for other top-of-the-rotation types, sources say, most notably Tampa Bay righty James Shields.
What is the priority? Is there a priority? As the Rangers sift through all their scenarios, probably not even club officials know. The dominoes can fall in any number of ways; every move would lead to another.
One thing, however, appears certain: