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ARLINGTON -- General manager Jon Daniels said he had remained in contact with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz's agent, Adam Katz. But despite occasional talks with Katz and the need for a right-handed bat, Daniels said the Rangers were not expecting to sign Cruz.

"We check in periodically, but nothing has changed," Daniels said. "My expectation is he will sign elsewhere."

The Rangers had been looking for a right-handed bat this offseason to possibly pair with Mitch Moreland at designated hitter. But the Rangers have nothing going on in the free-agent market, and it appears Michael Choice could get a chance to win that spot as a fourth outfielder and part-time DH.

Asked about the free-agent market, Daniels said, "We're not talking to anybody."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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