Daniels: Texas' next acquisition likely a pitcher

GM says club won't rush into deal because Astros signed Cole

January 20th, 2018

ARLINGTON -- General manager Jon Daniels did a question-and-answer session with Rangers broadcaster Matt Hicks at FanFest on Saturday, and most of the time was spent discussing pace of play.

When the session was opened up for a few questions from the audience, the subject was immediately changed. A fan wanted to know when jerseys would be going on sale in the gift shops at Globe Life Park.

"If we signed him, probably shortly thereafter," Daniels said.

The Rangers are not planning on signing the free-agent center fielder, national rumors to the contrary, but there was no doubting the intent of the question. Fans want to know what's coming next for the Rangers.

"I said this, we want to play [] in center field,' Daniels said. "Obviously Cain is a very good player, but I would figure if we would have another big expenditure, it would be on the pitching side."

Now that was an attention-grabber since is among the free agents still on the market, and every week he is tweeting about his latest dinner with a Rangers employee. Earlier this week it was with members of the clubhouse staff.

A reunion still seems unlikely, but Spring Training is still four weeks away.

"I have said all along it would be unlikely either way," Daniels said. "But [pitching] would be more of our focus."

The Rangers appear to be all but done with major acquisitions this offseason, but Daniels suggested in a private session with the media that's not necessarily the case.

"I don't think so," Daniels said. "I kind of feel any moment of time you feel, if tomorrow is Opening Day, here is what the club would look like. The reality is it's not, and the market, for whatever reason, has moved much slower than usual this winter.

"Because of the number of players still out there, not just free agents, but trades conversations going on throughout the league, I would expect between now and Opening Day, things will change somewhat. It's hard to forecast."

So stay tuned.

But Daniels said the Rangers aren't going to react or rush into anything just because the defending World Series champion Astros acquired right-hander from the Pirates this week.

"No, I mean, we recognized from the get-go whether they acquire Cole or not, they are a really good club," Daniels said. "Not just because of what they did last year, they are bringing back the whole crew and it is a relatively young group. They are going to be good. We're trying to be pretty disciplined with our plan and not react whether it is Houston or Anaheim or Seattle or Oakland."