Like always, the talk was more than the action at baseball's Winter Meetings this week in Nashville, Tenn.
But while the Texas Rangers did nothing besides signing free agent reliever Joakim Soria, they laid a ton of groundwork for moves that could come down in the coming days and weeks and basically sabotaged the entire meetings as other clubs must wait to see what they do.
You have to love Jon Daniels & Co.
Of course, the main thing other clubs are waiting on is whether the Rangers will bring back Josh Hamilton and whether they will sign free agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke, who by all accounts is down to either Texas or the cash-rich Los Angeles Dodgers.
But there's also the big blockbuster trade that was brought up on Tuesday or Wednesday which was rumored to involve any mixture of three of four teams, all of which involved the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, with the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners all thrown around too.
Here's the thing about these deals: They rarely, if ever, happen. One team will undoubtedly find something they don't like about the deal or think they aren't getting enough in return and the deal falls apart. But what if...
What if the Rangers sent Derek Holland and one of Mike Olt/Martin Perez to one of the aforementioned teams and got back in return either James Shields or most notably Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton.
That could, could, allow the Rangers to possibly pull of a scenario where they could sign Hamilton and Greinke and trade for Upton. What a scenario. Let the fun begin.