2012 Rangers timeline: Late offseason

We move on to December and January in the offseason, a period dominated with news of Yu Darvish's posting bid and signing.

Dec. 1: Taylor Teagarden is traded to Baltimore for two prospects.

Dec. 2: Tim Purpura, former Astros GM, is named the Rangers’ director of player development.

Dec. 6: The Rangers meet with Bob Garber, C.J. Wilson’s agent, during the winter meetings.

Dec. 8: The Los Angeles Angels sign Wilson and Albert Pujols on the final day of the winter meetings, making the AL West even more competitive.

Dec. 14: The Rangers place a bid for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish through the posting process. They wait to find out if it was enough.

Dec. 19: Around 10 p.m. Texas time, the Rangers find out their bid of $51,703,411 was enough to give them a 30-day negotiating window with Darvish.

Jan. 1: The Rangers host Darvish, his father and his agents for a few days. They get a tour of the ballpark and look at areas where Darvish could live if a deal is worked out. The Rangers treat it like a recruiting visit, wanting to impress Darvish in the hopes of getting a contract done.

Jan. 3: The Rangers send cash considerations to Baltimore for Brandon Snyder, who makes the club out of spring training.

Jan. 4: Mike Adams has offseason hernia surgery. He begins spring training behind but catches up.

Jan. 13: Club officials meet with Prince Fielder and his representatives at a Dallas-area hotel. Both sides want to gauge interest and figure out where each is as Fielder looks for a new team.

Jan. 18: Just before the 4 p.m. deadline, the Rangers sign Yu Darvish to a six-year deal worth a guaranteed $56 million.

Jan. 20: Darvish is officially introduced in a crowded news conference with plenty of reporters. He said he wants to do his best and help the team. He also poses for pictures on the mound at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Jan. 24: Reports surface that Fielder is going to sign a nine-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.

Jan. 30: A few Rangers officials meet with Roy Oswalt over lunch to discuss potentially signing the free agent.