ESPN.com contributor Jim Bowden, a former GM for the Reds and Nationals, ranked the top-10 moves off the off-season so far. He put the Angels' signing of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson as No. 1 (no shock there) and the Rangers' bid for Yu Darvish sixth. Here's what he said about Texas:
6. Texas Rangers post bid of $51.7 million for RHP Yu Darvish
After watching division rival Los Angeles spend $331.5 million on Pujols and Wilson, the Rangers responded by posting a major-league record $51.7 million for the rights to a 30-day exclusive negotiating process with Darvish. Darvish arguably is one of the best international pitching prospects. He has the size and stuff to develop into a No. 1 starter. The Rangers should sign Darvish to a five- or six-year deal worth between $70-85 million, which will bring their total expense to approximately $120 million -- the same amount that lured Cliff Lee to the Phillies last December.
BTW, the top 5 ahead of Texas:
1. Angels sign Pujols and Wilson
2. Miami Marlins' winter meetings spending spree
3. Chicago Cubs hire Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod