Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 12/6/12
Going into the final day of the MLB Winter Meetings today, traction on a lot of the bigger names on the free agent and trade markets has hit a near standstill. We've heard about teams having interest in players, players getting close to signing with teams, and trades on the horizon. But nothing has happened quite yet, and it's all because of one team: the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are reportedly one of the two finalists for Zack Greinke, along with the Dodgers. They're also deep into the possibility of acquiring Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks. Of course, with Texas' lack of desire to trade Jurickson Profar or Elvis Andrus, they're not going to be able to deal for Upton unless Arizona is able to get the shortstop they desire. The Diamondbacks and Indians are reportedly involved in discussions that would send some of Arizona's young pitching to Cleveland for Asdrubal Cabrera, freeing them up to then trade Upton to the Rangers for whatever. If the Rangers are able to acquire Upton, then they have no need to re-sign Josh Hamilton and can be free to sign Greinke. Then, once the Rangers drop out of the bidding for Hamilton, he'll be free to sign with the Mariners, who reportedly are close to a deal with him. If the Mariners sign Hamilton, that takes them out of the running for Michael Bourn, another Seattle target, and that will allow Bourn to sign elsewhere, potentially Philadelphia. But the Phillies are still deep in talks to acquire a third baseman, and have a deal lined up for Michael Young with (drumroll) the Rangers, pending Young's approval of the deal. If Young declines the trade, the Phillies could turn their attention to Kevin Youkilis, who has multiple offers on the table including a one year, $12 million contract from the Yankees. This is pretty much a mess and a half right now. Once the Rangers figure out just what they're going to do, the rest of the bigger names will start to slide into place. That doesn't even take into account the domino effect that will occur once Greinke signs, likely leading to Anibal Sanchez, Kyle Lohse, and Ryan Dempster falling off the market in turn. All eyes right now across the league are on Texas GM Jon Daniels, and I'm sure that more than a few front office personnel, agents, and players are getting antsy about what's going to happen. But once Daniels pushes one button, everything will fall into focus. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Evander Kane wins back model girlfriend with billboard

Urban Meyer has 'feeling' who will start at QB

Report: Schilling to return to 'Sunday Night Baseball'

Report: Cardale Jones rushed to hospital with head pain

WATCH: Cubs' Baez swings so hard he falls down

WATCH: Boston host jokes Goodell should be murdered

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Mets get inside-the-park HR after OF flips over wall

Eli Manning remains unfazed about poor preseason

RG3 thinks 'Concussion' movie will 'make a lot of people mad'

Can Darrius Heyward-Bey replace Martavis Bryant for the first month in Pittsburgh?

Treon Harris to start at QB for Gators’ opening game

Marshawn Lynch campaigning for Seahawks to sign Fred Jackson

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker