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Rangers exit Meetings with boxes to check

Club makes noise, but heads home without major additions
MLB.com @Sullivan_Ranger

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Rangers created ripples but no big splashes by the time the Winter Meetings ended on Thursday.

The trade discussions with the D-backs concerning Zack Greinke caused a stir, but there have been no signs the past two days that a deal is even close or still alive. The pursuit of Jake Arrieta or any other free-agent starter may be just beginning as clubs rebound from the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Rangers created ripples but no big splashes by the time the Winter Meetings ended on Thursday.

The trade discussions with the D-backs concerning Zack Greinke caused a stir, but there have been no signs the past two days that a deal is even close or still alive. The pursuit of Jake Arrieta or any other free-agent starter may be just beginning as clubs rebound from the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.

The bullpen remains a work in progress, as the Rangers were left out in the flurry of relievers signed this week. The big one was Brandon Kintzler, who decided to stay with the Nationals despite the Rangers' interest.

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"We had talked to a number of guys who signed elsewhere," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "In most cases, we decided on our part not to go to the level they went."

The Rangers left needing one more starter, but they acquired left-hander Matt Moore from the Giants for a pair of Minor League right-handers on Friday. Yu Darvish and Arrieta sat at the top of the free-agent list, followed by Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. The Rangers were also staying in contact with Andrew Cashner, and they missed out on Miles Mikolas, who signed with the Cardinals.

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Deals done
Prior to the Winter Meetings, the Rangers signed free-agent pitchers Doug Fister and Mike Minor for their rotation. They also re-signed reliever Tony Barnette. Here at the Winter Meetings, they signed right-handed reliever Chris Martin to a two-year contract and veteran reliever Kevin Jepsen to a Minor League contract.

Rule 5 Draft
The Rangers acquired outfielder Carlos Tocci from the Phillies. He was drafted by the White Sox and traded to the Rangers for cash considerations. He is an above-average defender who could make the team as an extra outfielder.

Goals accomplished
The Rangers have taken steps to fortify their rotation and deepen their bullpen. The pitching staff is starting to fill up again after a serious offseason purge.

Unfinished business
The obvious need is one front-line reliever at the back of the bullpen. The Rangers also need to add depth to their pitching staff. Jepsen is likely the first of several pitchers who will be signed to Minor League contracts with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

GM's bottom line
"We have acquired three or four guys via free agency and a young outfielder we like. We've got some more work to do, but I'm glad we have added the [players] we have." -- Daniels

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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