According to Ken Rosenthal, Ben Sheets and his agent spent yesterday visiting with the Rangers in Arlington. Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels, Ron Washington, and Mike Maddux were in attendance. Daniels would not comment on whether the Rangers made an offer. The Sheets market has been surprisingly slow this winter, with the Mets dabbling and the Brewers not ruling him out.
The Brewers were hoping to receive a first-round pick as part of the compensation for Sheets, but the Rangers’ #14 pick is protected and the Mets’ first-rounder will stay with the Angels for Francisco Rodriguez. Theoretically the Dodgers could jump in (they have the #17 pick) but they are said to have the "inside track" on signing Randy Wolf and haven’t been linked to Sheets.