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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Rangers finished with offseason shopping?

By Richard Durrett

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, after announcing the club had officially signed catcher Mike Napoli to a one-year, $9.4 million deal to avoid an arbitration hearing, said that the club has spent a little more than its budget for player payroll, making it unlikely they'll sign any more major-league deals between now and spring training.

Daniels said there wasn't much flexibility on the payroll and when asked if they were done for the offseason, the GM said: "More than likely, yes."

"I never want to shut the door and there's always ways to be creative and things of that nature," We can sign non-roster guys. But handicapping anything else as we sit here, there's nothing imminent."

Daniels was asked about a couple of free agents the club has had interest in this offseason, including starter Roy Oswalt and left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez.

"Nothing has changed on either front," Daniels said. "There’s a level of interest in the players, but as far as a fit on the team and payroll-wise, it's not as easy as otherwise."

As Daniels noted, the club could get creative if they wanted to add someone. That could be trading Koji Uehara, who is slated to make $4 million this season. Pitchers and catchers are due to report Feb. 22, but many members of the team are expected to arrive early, eager to get the 2012 season started.