So, according to the Twitterverse, it appears we have some movement within the Zack Greinke realm of things:
The Dodgers appear to be closing in on signing Zack Greinke. Still some ground to be covered, but they're out in front.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 9, 2012
And Jon Heyman:
Dylan Hernandez tweets that while the deal isn't final yet, it's looking like Greinke will score six years, $145 million from the Dodgers.
Twenty-something hours ago, Jim Bowden tweeted that Greinke had been "blown away" by the Rangers in his meet-and-greet with the club, and two days ago, Heyman wrote that some Dodgers people had grown a bit discouraged in their negotiations with Greinke while simultaneously wondering if Greinke simply preferred the Rangers over the Dodgers
If these latest reports are to be believed, though, then it sounds like Greinke signing with the Dodgers is imminent, and that the Rangers will probably end up landing one of their backup pitching options -- possibly R.A. Dickey, possibly James Shields (one local writer, possibly T.R. Sullivan, recently remarked that he was the Rangers' No. 2 pitching target), possibly someone else. I don't think that should come as any particular surprise, either, given that the Dodgers have the capacity to buy pretty much anyone they want on the open market with the aid of their new multi-billion dollar television contract.
Update: T.R. Sullivan confirms that the Rangers have been told that Greinke is not going to sign with them.
Update: According to Gina Miller (who was the first to actually break the news of Greinke signing with the Dodgers) and others, it's going to go down as a six-year, $147 million deal. Jeff Wilson affirms that the Rangers' top pitching options are now R.A. Dickey and James Shields, and says that the Rangers have not talked about Anibal Sanchez much as of yet.