DETROIT -- During last October's ALCS against the Yankees, Rangers general managers Jon Daniels and president Nolan Ryan were peppered with media questions about Cliff Lee's looming free agency.
This October, it's C.J. Wilson who is about to become a free agent -- and the Yankees are already rumored to be a possible suitor. Of course, last year Lee spurned offers from the Yankees and the Rangers and went to Philadelphia.
So does Daniels have a sense for what Wilson's market value will be?
"Probably bigger than we would like, and probably right about what he would like," Daniels said with a smile Thursday, before Wilson took the mound for Game 5 of the ALCS.
"We're not even really spending too much time on that right now," Daniels added. "Obviously, it's going to be a top priority for us. When I say we haven't spent time on it, we haven't spent time negotiating with he and Bob Garber, his agent. We've spent a lot of time talking about it and preparing for it. We just don't want it to be any more of a distraction than it is naturally.....................