When the Texas Rangers left last week's Winter Meetings with nothing completed aside from the acquisition of relief pitcher Joakim Soria, it was assumed they'd be making some big deals in the days following and getting just about anyone they wanted.
So far, not so good, as the Rangers lost out on signing starting pitcher Zack Greinke and trading for Rays starter James Shields. But now the Rangers' focus has reportedly shifted from the mound to the plate as they are now said to be focused on re-signing Josh Hamilton and trading for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton.
Hamilton had seemed to fall on the backburner as Plan A had seemed to be signing Greinke and trading for Upton while letting Hamilton walk.
Now, the Rangers will reportedly look to solidify their lineup, which is now without Mike Napoli's 20-plus homers. They will then have to fill in their pitching rotation with possibly a trade for R.A. Dickey or signing someone like Anibal Sanchez or Kyle Lohse and know they could have Colby Lewis in their back pocket if he can return healthy around the all-star break.