The Texas Rangers appear ready to open the vaults this winter.
Texas is targeting two of the biggest fish on the free-agent market in Anthony Rendon and Zack Wheeler; general manager Jon Daniels held a face-to-face meeting with the third baseman and his agent Scott Boras in Houston over the weekend, sources told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
No offer was made during the meeting, Grant reports.
Rendon, the best free-agent position player available this offseason, has already garnered interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, who are hoping to re-sign the NL MVP finalist. The Dodgers met with him recently, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Wheeler, meanwhile, is thought to have already met with the Rangers, according to Grant. The right-hander is a hot commodity, with six other teams - the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, and Cincinnati Reds - also believed to be in the running for his services. It's also expected he'll receive a five-year deal at minimum, according to Grant.
His decision could be coming soon, as there's a belief Wheeler will choose his next team before the beginning of baseball's winter meetings on Sunday, according to Grant.
Both Rendon and Wheeler rejected qualifying offers from their 2019 teams, meaning they'll cost their new clubs draft-pick compensation.
The Rangers have already added one starter this offseason, reportedly inking Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30-million contract on Friday. Gibson's deal has not been officially announced as it's still pending the results of a physical.