The 2013 MLB winter meetings are wrapped up for the Texas Rangers, and the team made small steps toward high rewards.
Here, the Rangers are graded on the following from the meetings: trading, signings, drafting and the future.
A grade on trading is assessed by the trades made during the meetings. A grade on signings is assessed on how the Rangers acquired players during the meetings. A grade on drafting is assessed by how the Rule V MLB draft went. And a grade on the future is assessed by what position the Rangers put themselves in to strike after the meetings.
The trade winds are all moving west for David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. The left-handed pitcher seems to be all but on his way out of Florida, and the Mariners, Dodgers and Rangers appear to be the most serious suitors, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
However, no moves have been made at this time, which still bodes well for the Rangers. Price hasn't wound up in Seattle, which could potentially be devastating in the race for the AL West.
With no Price movement, and no serious offers from the club on a trade for the former Vanderbilt Commodore, the Rangers receive the letter grade B.
Per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, other signings include infielders Scott Wilson, Brent Lillibridge and Kevin Kouzmanoff, along with pitcher Armando Rodriguez. That group was inked to minor league deals with invitations to major league spring training. Pitcher Doug Mathis was signed to a minor league deal without a big league invitation.
But the Rangers are yet to Nelson Cruz or Shin-Soo Choo. More on them to come. Without a free-agent splash at the winter meetings, the Rangers receive the letter grade B-.
The Rule 5 draft occurred during the winter meetings as they do each December. With their selection, the Rangers took Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Colorado Rockies.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Wilson's agent believes the quarterback will want to be more than just a motivational speaker, via Twitter:
Mark Rodgers, agent for Russell Wilson, says QB will want to be more than motivational speaker for #Rangers in spring training. MORE— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2013
Here's more on Wilson from Rosenthal via Twitter:
Rodgers said, “Russell will want to take BP and ground balls. He loves baseball. This is 3d time he has been drafted.” Rule 5 pick for 12.5K— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2013
Wilson could be a nice addition to spring training if he shows up in March with the Rangers. The chance of him actually suiting up would be very minimal, but the man is an athlete, so don't rule it out. If he makes it to Arlington, expect the jokes to follow with the punchlines against Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
A solid acquisition for the Rangers gives them the letter grade A.
The Rangers' future outfield is yet to be determined, as outfielder Choo was reportedly offered five years by the club. According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports on Twitter, Choo's agent, Scott Boras, is seeking longer:
The Rangers appear comfortable going to five years on Shin-Soo Choo. Scott Boras wants seven. We will see if they settle in the middle.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 12, 2013
The Rangers are in striking distance, as both parties could settle on six years. This leaving Choo to play his last game under the scheduled contract at age 37. A great deal.
Cruz's future with the Rangers is dependent on Choo's move. Also for the future of the club, Price could be thrown in the mix. However, bringing all three of those players is virtually impossible.
With an offer already on the table for Choo, the future of the Rangers panned out above average after the winter meetings, with the club receiving the letter grade B+.
How do you grade the Rangers on the 2013 MLB winter meetings?
Overall grade: The Rangers are still in serious striking distance of making contending moves. As a result of the meetings the Rangers receive the overall letter grade B+.