- Jim Bowden, Baseball, Insider
1. Texas Rangers sign Prince Fielder for eight years, $192 million
There’s an arms race brewing in the American League West, and the Los Angeles Angels just fired the first salvo with their signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson at the winter meetings. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said the team likely would have to circle back and reassess whether to pursue Fielder. When a division rival makes moves as large as the Angels', Levine said, his team's entire offseason strategy must be re-evaluated. Armed with a new TV contract with Fox, Texas has the money to sign Fielder.
2. Milwaukee Brewers sign Aramis Ramirez for three years, $36 million
Once Fielder is signed, that should pave the way for the Brewers to bring Ramirez into Milwaukee. Brewers GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke think Ramirez is the perfect fit for the lineup and the left side of their infield. However, don’t count out the Angels, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies and Marlins from bidding on him, too.
In the wake of the winter meetings and the big moves made by the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels, here are the top 10 moves that didn’t happen but still might.