2012 Rangers timeline: Late offseason
Dec. 2: Tim Purpura, former Astros GM, is named the Rangers’ director of player development.
Dec. 6: The Rangers meet with Bob Garber, C.J. Wilson’s agent, during the winter meetings.
Dec. 8: The Los Angeles Angels sign Wilson and Albert Pujols on the final day of the winter meetings, making the AL West even more competitive.
Dec. 14: The Rangers place a bid for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish through the posting process. They wait to find out if it was enough.
Dec. 19: Around 10 p.m. Texas time, the Rangers find out their bid of $51,703,411 was enough to give them a 30-day negotiating window with Darvish.
Jan. 1: The Rangers host Darvish, his father and his agents for a few days. They get a tour of the ballpark and look at areas where Darvish could live if a deal is worked out. The Rangers treat it like a recruiting visit, wanting to impress Darvish in the hopes of getting a contract done.
Jan. 3: The Rangers send cash considerations to Baltimore for Brandon Snyder, who makes the club out of spring training.
Jan. 4: Mike Adams has offseason hernia surgery. He begins spring training behind but catches up.
Jan. 13: Club officials meet with Prince Fielder and his representatives at a Dallas-area hotel. Both sides want to gauge interest and figure out where each is as Fielder looks for a new team.
Jan. 20: Darvish is officially introduced in a crowded news conference with plenty of reporters. He said he wants to do his best and help the team. He also poses for pictures on the mound at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Jan. 24: Reports surface that Fielder is going to sign a nine-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.
Jan. 30: A few Rangers officials meet with Roy Oswalt over lunch to discuss potentially signing the free agent.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.