Clubs in the American League West have been relatively quiet this winter as they try to build on their success of the 2014 season. Here's a team-by-team glance at what's happened in the division so far this winter, and what remains to be done.
The Rangers recognized shortstop Elvis Andrus' positive role off the field on Thursday, naming him as the recipient of the 2014 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award.
New manager Jeff Banister and shortstop Elvis Andrus each conducted Question & Answer sessions on Wednesday during the "Evening with the Rangers."
In 28 games and 109 plate appearances, mostly in September last season, Ryan Rua made a solid-enough impression on Rangers management to enter Spring Training as a leading candidate for the starting job in left field.
In terms of big-name acquisitions and blockbuster trades, the Rangers have been relatively quiet this offseason, but general manager Jon Daniels says that's all part of the plan, given the young depth he will have when Spring Training begins in February.
Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison was named winner of the 2014 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award, the club announced Wednesday.
For nearly three decades, the Rangers have made a holiday tradition out of visiting children's hospitals to spread some cheer to ailing kids. For new manager Jeff Banister -- who overcame bone cancer and a broken neck as a teenager, undergoing 10 surgeries before he left high school -- the visits take on special significance.
Delino DeShields Jr. joins the Rangers with a chance to make the big league club as a fourth outfielder/super-utility man. As a Rule 5 Draft selection, he will remain with the Rangers if he can stick on their 25-man roster for the entire 2015 season.
The Rangers were out in force again Tuesday, giving back to the community by making a visit to Cook Children's Medical Center and hosting a toy drive at Globe Life Park.
The Rangers added another option for the back end of their bullpen Tuesday, signing free-agent right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year Major League contact for 2015 with a club option for 2016.
Robinson Chirinos and Martin Perez produced the usual smiles one sees when Rangers players visit children in the hospital around Christmas time, with Thursday's stop at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. They handed out souvenirs and autographs and posed for photos with patients and nurses.
Texas has acquired left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler from the Nationals in exchange for infielder Chris Bostick and right-hander Abel De Los Santos. The Rangers expect the veteran to step into their rotation.
The Rangers came to the Winter Meetings looking for starting pitching and left with an outfielder taken in the Rule 5 Draft. It could be a significant selection. The Rangers took outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. from the Astros with the third pick.
The Rangers have been insistent they are not pursuing the top free agents available this winter. But that didn't keep them from having a face-to-face meeting with pitcher James Shields in San Diego, where the right-hander resides in the offseason.
The Rangers do not want Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to be taken in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. That's why they have placed him on their Triple-A roster.