All academic.

As the Rangers’ equipment truck continues its westward slalom, eyeing a Tuesday arrival in Surprise, there’s word that Texas and righthander Tommy Hanson are in talks at a level reportedly as serious as those that Seattle and Nelson Cruz are supposedly engaged in, though the Rangers are said to be on the periphery, at least, with Cruz as well as Korean righthander Suk-Min Yoon, a pitcher whose health and effectiveness have trended in the wrong direction the last couple years, which is the same that can be said for Hanson.  Baltimore is believed to have the inside track on signing Yoon.

Soon enough Yoon and Cruz and Hanson are likely to know where they need to be in the next week or so, whether it’s the same North Bullard Avenue address that the Rangers truck is drawing its four-day bead on, or somewhere else in Arizona, or Florida.

It’s just about that time, but even seven sleeps feel like too many, and if you need some baseball to help cut through all this fog and get you through it, I can tell you that the 2014 e-book is getting closer to rolling out, but in the meantime, I’d strongly recommend to you some of the strongest local baseball journalism we’ve been treated to in years — Jeff Wilson’s exceptional series of Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports from the Rangers’ Dominican academy in Boca Chica.

The fifth and final of Wilson’s stories was published this morning, and if you’ve missed any of them, take some time between now and Pitchers & Catchers to read them.  Links:

It’s just about that time.

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