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    SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Justin Upton #10 of the San Diego Padres hits an RBI double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park September 26, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

    Since the MLB winter meetings, during which time the Rangers did nothing to move the needle, the team has been pretty quiet as they sit about a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Arizona for spring training.

    Even when the Rangers make moves this winter, it's not expected they'll be big ones due to their roster pretty much being set and their payroll not having much flexibility with several big contracts on the books already.

    But there is one big name the Rangers have long been linked to, and now they're being linked to right-handed power bat Justin Upton once again.

    Earlier this week, Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal said he heard from unnamed sources that the Rangers are interested in signing Upton if the can get him on a one-year deal, and it's beginning to look more and more like they might be able to do that.

    The thought is Upton's market just isn't very good at the moment, and if he could take a healthy one-year deal to re-establish his value, he could make out pretty nicely next winter with a big deal, similar to what Nelson Cruz did upon leaving Texas after the 2013 season.

    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News said he could see it possibly working on a one-year basis, but not for any more than $10 million, and you'd have to imagine Upton would get more than that for one year of service from some other team.