2012 Rangers timeline: Late offseason
AP Photo/Alex GallardoArte Moreno and the Angels served notice in the AL West with the offseason additions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson on the final day of the winter meetings.
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.
Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesThe Ranger reeled in Yu Darvish just before the negotiating window deadline with a six-year deal worth a guaranteed $56 million.
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 manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Oakland for his weekly visit.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
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Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Milwaukee for his weekly visit and discusses Nick Tepesch, the Rangers' rotation, interleague play and more.