Texas making progress on offseason goals

Rangers 'unlikely' to go after high-priced free agent, Daniels says

Texas making progress on offseason goals

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Rangers have yet to announce the signing of free-agent center fielder Carlos Gomez since he has not completed his physical. His agent, Scott Boras, said an agreement was in place.

But the Rangers are still in the market for more offensive help, either at outfield, first base or designated hitter. It just won't be an expensive free agent like Edwin Encarnacion.

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"Unlikely," general manager Jon Daniels said.

Encarnacion, the premier offensive bat on the free-agent market, remained unsigned Wednesday night, but Daniels didn't expect the price to go so low to a point that peaks the Rangers' interest.

By signing Gomez and free-agent pitcher Andrew Cashner, the Rangers have accomplished two main objectives. They are still in the market for more starting-pitching depth and offensive help.

"There are a few different ways we can go," Daniels said. "It could be outfield or first base, it could be at designated hitter. We have some good internal options at first base."

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If the Rangers add another outfielder, it could be that Shin-Soo Choo gets more time at designated hitter. But Daniels prefers a flexible roster rather than one player limited to that spot.

The White Sox traded both a starter in Chris Sale and a center fielder in Adam Eaton. But Daniels said the package of players in return for those two players, "were at levels that didn't make sense for us at this time."

Rangers beat 

• Daniels has been placed on the Playing Rules Committee by chairman Sandy Alderson of the Mets. He replaces Terry Ryan, who was dismissed this year as the Twins general manager.

• The Rangers are working out a Minor League deal for outfielder Jared Hoying, who was taken off the 40-man roster last week.

• The Rangers continue to get asked about all their relievers and have made it clear Matt Bush is not going anywhere.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.