Will the possibility of a Nelson Cruz suspension put the Rangers in an acquisition mode before spring training? The Rangers would be wise to try to get the best hitter available, the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano, but it appears they have tied their hands by rolling the dice on Lance Berkman as their designated hitter. …

Soriano would help the Rays more than any other team. He could give the Yankees a huge lift in Alex Rodriguez's absence, but they spent this winter adding guys on one-year contracts for tax threshold reasons, and Soriano has two years left on his deal. …