Jon Daniels talks Nelson Cruz, club needs

December, 9, 2013
12/09/13
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels acknowledged Monday that he has met with Nelson Cruz's agent, Adam Katz, and that talks with the free-agent outfielder are ongoing.

"We've always had a good relationship with Adam and with the organization and Nellie," Daniels said as he chatted with the club's beat writers during baseball's winter meetings. "Both sides have been upfront. Nothing really to report, but conversations are amicable in nature."

Daniels added that he "didn't know if anything would come of it."

But the club would like to add another bat to the lineup and Cruz is one of the few remaining that has shown power and production in his career. Shin-Soo Choo is also available and the Rangers have interest, as we noted earlier.

Daniels said he didn't have another meeting planned with Katz, but that it was likely they would talk again.

More from Daniels:
  • He said for the club to make another move it has to be "the right fit, otherwise we're content with where we're at." But don't take that to mean the Rangers will stand pat. They are interested in further upgrading the lineup and will go about trying to do that at these meetings and beyond.
  • The front office has laid the groundwork with clubs already, so Daniels said Rangers brass hasn't had the need for quite as many sit-down sessions as in the past.
  • As of now, Mitch Moreland is the club's designated hitter. Texas could look to add a right-handed bat to complement Moreland if the Rangers don't end up dealing him. "Whether it's an everyday guy or somebody that complements what we already have, we're looking at both of those options," Daniels said.
  • Daniels said the club isn't "looking to trade" Moreland, but "anything that can fit that makes us better, we're open to." Got that?
Mark Saxon attended the meeting with Daniels as Richard Durrett is expected to arrive in Orlando on Tuesday (thanks to weather and flight issues in Dallas).

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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Yu Darvish
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