A rival executive, assessing the Texas Rangers on Monday, said, They're going to overpay Hamilton or they're going to overpay 'KT.'"
That's Hamilton as in free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton. And that's KT" as in Arizona general manager Kevin Towers, who is dangling right fielder Justin Upton, a hitter whom the Rangers covet maybe even more than Hamilton.
The Rangers likely will end up with one or the other. They could even end up with both, and still add a bullpen piece, a starting pitcher and maybe free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Even free-agent right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who earlier this offseason sought a six-year, 90 million contract, according to FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi, is on the Rangers' radar.
One source with knowledge of the team's thinking described Sanchez as a longshot but a consideration," saying the team is more likely to target short-term, low-dollar free agents.
Such conversation, while essential to the evolution of the Rangers' 2013 roster, almos...