Rangers Gumming Up Winter Meetings

Rangers Gumming Up Winter Meetings

As Major League Baseball's winter meetings neared their end Wednesday, the Texas Rangers were holding up everything.

The most important team at the meetings in Nashville, Tenn., wasn't the flush-with-cash Los Angeles Dodgers, the desperate-to-compete Seattle Mariners or another franchise outside the Lone Star State. Team executives in both the American and National leagues were waiting on the Rangers before other pieces could fall.

Here's why: The three biggest names to be had all revolved around the Rangers. And because Rangers brass hadn't decided who their primary focus was and turned all attention to that player, the market for pitcher Zack Greinke and outfielders Josh Hamilton and Justin Upton was stalled.

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