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Friday, January 6, 2012
Keeping up with the Rangers?

By Mark Saxon

The Angels' $330 million off-season spending spree has prompted many people to compare the dynamics in the AL West to the longstanding arms race between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox back east.

Now that the Angels have added Albert Pujols and plucked C.J. Wilson off the Texas Rangers' roster, they have to wait and see what moves the Rangers answer with. Texas has until Jan. 18 to reach a deal with Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish and it's still hanging around on the Prince Fielder rumor boards.

But general manager Jerry Dipoto insists that what Texas does between now and mid-February won't impact what the Angels do.

"What we do is control our own environment and try to put the best team on the field within the parameters and dollars left to spend," Dipoto said. "I'm sure the Texas Rangers and other teams feel the same way. You go out and try to put the best team you can put together without being overly concerned with what other teams are doing."

Besides, Dipoto has indicated he doesn't have much more of owner Arte Moreno's money left to spend anyway.

Of course, things can change quickly once the season starts. If the rivalry between the Angels and Texas is as good as many people think it will be, Dipoto and Rangers GM Jon Daniels could be the difference-makers as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.