Rangers GM downplays Cano-to-Texas talks

ARLINGTON, Texas – If you can believe Texas general manager Jon Daniels, maybe the gambling site Bovada needs to update its odds of the Rangers signing free agent Robinson Cano.

But then again, believing what a general manager says at this time of year is a risky proposition.

Bovada is putting the odds of Texas signing Cano at 2-1 and has Seattle the favorite at 1-1.

But Daniels, who met with the media Wednesday in advance of the winter meetings next week, said he’s not sure signing Cano makes sense for a club that has other needs.

“We’ve talked to agents for most of the guys out there,” Daniels said. “I’m not going to comment on specific guys out there. That being said, upgrading our infield is pretty low on our priority list.”

The Rangers have plenty of depth in the middle infield. Jurickson Profar will be given the chance to win the second-base spot vacated by the trade of Ian Kinsler. Texas also has middle infield prospects that are close to major-league ready in Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor. The Rangers also picked up another middle-infield prospect Tuesday in Chris Bostick as part of the trade with Oakland.

Daniels, whose team has already acquired Prince Fielder in the Kinsler trade and outfielder Michael Choice from Oakland, isn’t sure a big-ticket free agent is needed at this point.

“It’s all about the right fit,” he said. “There are a lot of good players out there that we have interest in. They don’t all fit for us. Some may. We’re going to pursue those guys and see if it works out. If it doesn’t, we’re pretty comfortable with where we are.”