There’s an arms race brewing in the American League West, and the Los Angeles Angels just fired the first salvo with their signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson at the winter meetings. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said the team likely would have to circle back and reassess whether to pursue Fielder. When a division rival makes moves as large as the Angels', Levine said, his team's entire offseason strategy must be re-evaluated. Armed with a new TV contract with Fox, Texas has the money to sign Fielder.
Once Fielder is signed, that should pave the way for the Brewers to bring Ramirez into Milwaukee. Brewers GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke think Ramirez is the perfect fit for the lineup and the left side of their infield. However, don’t count out the Angels, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies and Marlins from bidding on him, too.