Rangers unlikely to add top free agent, GM suggests

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05: President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels of the Texas Rangers talks with the media after announcing the resignation of Manager Ron Washington at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Ron Washington informed the club that he has chosen to resign in order to turn his full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter.
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While Yu Darvish is keeping reporters in the loop on his potential suitors, Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels downplayed the notion that his club will add any top-tier free agents this offseason.

"We're not going to close the door on the chance to add premium talent. You always explore it," Daniels told The Associated Press. "But if I had to handicap it, I don't think it's highly likely at this point."

A month ago, Daniels had dinner with the free-agent right-hander and former Rangers starter, but it was dismissed as just a friendly encounter.

Earlier in January, a report surfaced suggesting the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, and Minnesota Twins, along with the Rangers, were among the potential landing spots for Darvish. However, the 31-year-old added intrigue, suggesting there's another team also still in.

Darvish is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.86 ERA and 3.83 FIP while splitting time between the Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers.

He's one of many top free agents who remain unemployed, along with J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, and Jake Arrieta.