LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The media work room here at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is nearly empty as most of the baseball world has departed Orlando to continue the offseason from their respective homes.
A few final notes from the beat writers' chat with general manager Jon Daniels and some laps around the lobby this morning and afternoon:
* Scott Boras has left the resort, meaning Shin-Soo Choo didn't sign anywhere before his agent departed Orlando. Daniels said things were "unchanged" from where they stood last night, meaning the Rangers have done what they can for now and will see what happens.
* The meetings ended with Choo and Nelson Cruz still on the market. If you're the Rangers, that's a good thing. The longer it takes either one to sign, the more likely the price gets lowered to a range the club is comfortable doing. Texas likes both players, and either one would fit in to what the club would want. Choo could lead off and allow the Rangers to move Leonys Martin down in the batting order. Cruz provides power and could hit in the middle of the lineup. Either way, the lineup gets a boost.
* Our buddy Jayson Stark reported that the Rangers are one team looking at Shaun Marcum. This makes sense as Texas is a club that doesn't mind taking some chances on players trying to come back from injuries. Marcum missed the second half of 2013 and had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery after he experienced numbness in his hand. Marcum could be ready to throw by spring training. But it's one of those types of deals that could give the club some pitching depth at low risk.
* Daniels was pleased with how the week went. He conceded the Rangers didn't end up doing much, but they had conversations with teams that could lead to something down the road and they got a sense of where other teams were in terms of needs and where certain free agent markets were, as well. That's never a bad thing.
* A reminder that last year plenty happened in the weeks after the meetings and even into January. There's a long way to go.