Rangers stand ready for challenge

Club acknowledges stiffer AL West competition coming from Angels but refuses to panic

Updated: December 8, 2011, 8:45 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- A handful of Texas Rangers staff members were gathered in the club's suite on the eighth floor of the Hilton Anatole on Thursday morning when iPhones and Blackberrys started buzzing with reports that Albert Pujols had signed with the Los Angeles Angels.

There were two footballs in the suite -- part of an attempt to lighten the mood during nearly four days of grinding talks at baseball's winter meetings -- and neither was fired against a wall. There was no yelling or screaming. ...

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