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This morning on Hot Stove on MLB Network, Ken Rosenthal was asked about the Rangers’ plans going forward, and he chose to mention Edwin Jackson, saying, “I do not expect them to be the high bidder there.”

Now, let me emphasize a few of caveats before you connect the dots:

(1.) Ken was talking about moves he doesn’t expect the Rangers to make, and wasn’t really speaking at length about Jackson.

(2.) Ken made no mention whatsoever of the Cubs or any other team pursuing Jackson.

(3.) Just because the Rangers aren’t the high bidder for Jackson – if that even proves to be the case – doesn’t mean they won’t get him.

Now, the dot connecting: if you believe Jim Bowden’s report that Edwin Jackson’s primary suitors are down to the Rangers and the Cubs, and if you believe there is no mystery team coming out of nowhere for him, and if you believe Jackson is going to sign with the highest bidder, then you could conclude that the Cubs are the favorite at this point.

I think we shouldn’t take Rosenthal’s utterance for more than this: in his gut, Rosenthal is not yet convinced that the Rangers are going hard after Jackson.

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