There would have been more sizzle for the Rangers to open up the checkbook and sign James Shields, the last remaining big-name free-agent pitcher in this offseason's marketplace. The headlines would have been bigger if they packaged a group of prime prospects to acquire Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and the four years and $96 million remaining on his contract.
The Rangers, however, aren't looking to win offseason accolades from the media and fans. They are looking for another American League West title, a trip back to the World Series, and if their whole wish list is met, a World Series championship for the first time in what will be their 55th season of existence.
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.