Top Rangers officials were in Los Angeles this week to meet with pitcher Shohei Ohtani and his representatives, according to Major League sources that confirmed a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The Rangers are also telling other clubs and agents they are likely holding off on pursuing any major acquisitions until Ohtani’s situation is resolved.
The Rangers are not commenting publicly and instead are totally focused on getting something done with Ohtani, possibly before the Winter Meetings begin on Monday in Florida.
The Rangers are one of seven teams who are expected to meet with Ohtani and his representatives this week.
The Rangers have other selling points, including a history with Ohtani that dates back to when they tried to sign him out of high school.
The Rangers are in the American League, which would allow them to possibly use the designated hitter to indulge Ohtani’s desire to bat as well as pitch.
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