The Texas Rangers have already secured the rights to Yu Darvish, superstar Japanese hurler. They spent $51.7 million to begin negotiations with him on the eve of Hanukkah. Now, they may be angling for a Christmas present just as gaudy. Prince Fielder doesn't exactly fit under a Christmas tree, but he'd be a heck of a gift for Rangers fans.
Texas may or may not still have interest in Fielder after acquiring the exclusive rights to woo Darvish. If they were to make that splurge, however, they would almost certainly enter 2012 as favorites to win a third consecutive American League pennant. At present, they are in a real dogfight for that distinction with division rivals, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Nor is Texas the only team looking to make a move or two to put themselves over the top in the coming weeks. Here are up-to-the-minute Christmas power rankings of all 30 MLB teams, complete with one thing each club would love to get this holiday season.