On Thursday, baseball's longest-running off-season drama finally came to a conclusion. Arizona traded Justin Upton.
At the end, the Rangers, the team that had worked hardest to acquire Upton during what became a nearly four-month vigil, were nowhere near the deal. Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson went to Atlanta in a seven-player deal in which the highest-profile player the Diamondbacks received was 29-year-old third baseman Martin Prado.
The Rangers didn't make a last-minute call Thursday to scuttle the deal.
Nor did they Wednesday when, for the fourth time this winter, Arizona made Upton available.
In fact, Jon Daniels and Arizona general manager Kevin Towers haven't talked since early January when Arizona decided against an offer that centered around Mike Olt, Martin Perez and Leury Garcia and accepted a deal with Seattle that Upton eventually vetoed.
So, what now?
Well, it apparently doesn't include pursuing the two high-profile free agents left on the market: pitcher Kyle Lohse or outfielder Michael Bourn. This, despite the fact long-term deals agent Scott Boras sought for both haven't materialized. Either or both could be had on a relative short-term deal. In the short-term, there is little doubt they would represent upgrades in center field and in the middle of the rotation.
With Justin Upton off the market, what's next for the Rangers?
Dallas Morning News | Jan 25