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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Lobby talk: Wilson, relievers, Mike Olt

By Richard Durrett

DALLAS -- Good morning from Day 2 of the Winter Meetings. It's a slow morning, but here are some tidbits from late last night and early this morning.

* Plenty of buzz in the lobby last night about C.J. Wilson. We'll see what kind of developments occur, but the overall sentiment from various folks in the lobby is that Wilson isn't likely to end up in Texas. Could he end up with a six-year offer? If he does, don't expect the Rangers to stay in the hunt for long. He does have apparent interest from the Nationals, Marlins (owner Jeffrey Loria told reporters he was impressed by Wilson on Monday) and Angels. Maybe even the Cubs and Red Sox are interested.

* Texas remains interested in Mark Buehrle and that makes plenty of sense, if you ask me. Ken Rosenthal reported he's getting looks at three years and $36-38 million. If there are indeed as many as 14 teams interested, it may come down to whether someone steps up with a four-year offer.

* An official with an NL team wondered out loud if LaTroy Hawkins wouldn't make sense for the Rangers bullpen. The official believed he could come cheap and still had something left. Hawkins turns 39 later this month and is a right-handed pitcher. But he's a righty that gets left-handed hitters out. They batted just .207 against him last year as he pitched for Milwaukee. He was 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA in 48 1/3 innings for the Brewers in 2011. The Brewers reportedly don't have much interest in bringing him back. This official did not know if the Rangers were interested, but floated the name and I thought it sounded interesting (certainly an affordable option).

* Texas wants to strengthen that bullpen and would prefer a left-handed pitcher. But GM Jon Daniels said Monday that they'll go with the best pitcher -- whether that's a righty or a lefty.

* Two scouts have raved to me about Mike Olt. One saw him the final week of the Arizona Fall League and was impressed not only with is power, but the way he was driving balls up the middle and the other way. Oh, and one of them said he's showing plenty of promise in the field at third base too.

More to come later.