ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the offseason will be spent improving a club that lost 95 games in 2014. Whether that means the club will be active in free agency is uncertain.
Daniels said finding the right trade partners, as always, will be key.
"I think just by nature free agents will cost more money," Daniels said Wednesday after Michael Young was introduced as a special assistant go the GM. "I think we have some areas of depth and have a chance to get some players with a little bit more cost control."
When Daniels goes to Phoenix for the GM meetings next week, making a trade is a much stronger possibility than signing a free agent, at least right now. The cost of signing a free agent, specifically a pitcher, could skyrocket at the top-tier, which includes Jon Lester and Max Scherzer.
"I feel pretty good about our (minor) league system just based on the players we've been asked about, and other teams feel about it the same way," Daniels said. "It's a pretty unique market, there's quite a few pitchers who might be on the market, and that's probably the strength of the marketplace in free agent and trade standpoints. I don't know how quick it will be, but I think we'll be able to address our needs."
Profar progressing: Second baseman Jurickson Profar, who missed the 2014 season with a shoulder injury only to have his rehab shutdown, has begun a range-of-motion routine.
"Arrow is up, reports are good," Daniels said. "See it to believe it, but we've seen it before, but things are good."
Profar was the projected starting second baseman, but injuries derailed him and Rougned Odor took over the job. Until Profar proves he's fully recovered from his shoulder injury, Odor is the starting second baseman for 2015.
Young's impact: One of Young's strengths is his ability to work with younger players at spring training. Young most likely will be in uniform during spring training to mentor some of the young players.
"We got some things he'll definitely be a part of," Daniels said. "But I think over time that will evolve where his impact is more valuable to us, where he's got the greater degree of interest, he wants to give back to the game. And I think at the top of his priority list is to give back to the kids in the system and the coaches in the system and the different ideas there."