Since Nolan Ryan took over the Texas Rangers, and really since Jon Daniels has been one of the youngest GMs in professional baseball, the Rangers have been the most exciting, stealth front office in the majors.
This week as the MLB Winter Meetings have gone along, the Rangers have been heavy players in two races: Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke, both of which have seemingly come down to two teams, one of which is the Rangers.
So which one is going to be? Well, how about both? Nolan Ryan says it's possible.
Ryan said if the money behind the baseball brains in the organization is willing to up their budget they could make it happen.
“It comes down to ownership and what the opportunities are," Ryan told local media. "If you did have the opportunities to sign those guys, we’d have to look at our budget and look where we are. If we were to surpass that number, [Co-Chairmen of the Board] Ray [Davis] and Bob [Simpson] would have to approve that. I wouldn’t say there’s not a chance.”
And the entire baseball world's collective head just exploded.
It might not be as hard as it seems to be able to afford both stars, which would probably cost a total of about $200-250 million.
If the Rangers could structure the deals to be relatively inexpensive in 2013, they would see Michael Young's contract go off the books, whether he's traded this year or not, and Nelson Cruz would be a free agent who almost certainly wouldn't be re-signed.
So don't hold your breath, folks, but don't close your eyes or cover your ears, either. Buckle up and get ready for some fun.