Rangers Rumors & News

  • Ian Desmond Signs With Rockies

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "Free agent outfielder Ian Desmond has reached an agreement with the Colorado Rockies, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Texas now must address the lack of power in the lineup with the departures of Desmond, Mitch Moreland (Red Sox), Carlos Beltran (Astros) and Prince Fielder (Retired)..." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Carlos Gomez agrees to deal with Rangers

    Fanrag Sports "Outfielder Carlos Gomez has agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers (pending a physical), sources tell FanRag Sports. The deal is for one year and $11.5 million. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan was first to report the deal as close. Gomez joined the Rangers in August after being let go by the Houston..." December 07

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Rumors are linking Rangers and Encarnacion

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The initial beat-writers session of the winter meetings with general manager Jon Daniels on Sunday produced word that the Texas Rangers are likely to fill their void at first base with internal options, presumably Ryan Rua, Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo. All the while, the market for Edwin..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Rangers Interested In Billy Hamilton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds are willing to listen to offers for center fielder Billy Hamilton, as ESPN’s Buster Olney reported last week, and the Rangers are among the teams eyeing him, Olney tweets. With both Ian Desmond and Carlos Gomez currently on the open market, Texas has an obvious need in the middle of..." December 05

  • Blue Jays rumours: Encarnacion’s shrinking market, Moreland interest

    Jays Journal "The Toronto Blue Jays remain on the shrinking list of teams linked to free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion Standing still and waiting is rarely a good strategy. Thankfully for the Blue Jays, baseball is one area where that can work. With the Houston Astros signing Carlos Beltran and the..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Contract talks between Rangers, Desmond intensifying

    MLB Trade Rumors "Talks between free agent center fielder Ian Desmond and the Rangers have “intensified” lately, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports writes (Twitter links). Desmond is likely to receive a four-year deal, Morosi adds. Desmond rejected the Rangers’ qualifying offer last month (as was expected), but it appears..." December 03

  • Astros continue aggressive offseason with signing of Carlos Beltran

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have agreed to a one-year, $16MM deal with free agent DH Carlos Beltran, ESPN’s Buster Olney writes (Twitter links). Beltran will receive a no-trade clause, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News had previously tweeted that Beltran would sign..." December 03

  • Rangers Claim Brady Dragmire

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have claimed righty Brady Dragmire off waivers from the Pirates, per an announcement from Texas. Pittsburgh had acquired him from the Blue Jays in early October. Dragmire has yet to advance past the Double-A level, though he’s still just 23 years of age. At the penultimate level of..." December 02

  • Report: Nats considering Ian Desmond reunion

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals may find themselves dipping their toes into familiar territory this offseason. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Friday, though the Nationals remain focused on Andrew McCutchen as their top center field target, they’re also considering a number of..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Mike Napoli’s former teams all interested in reunion

    Fanrag Sports "Mike Napoli is coming off one of the finer seasons of his career, and as a result, the free agent first baseman is drawing interest from several teams. Indications are that the three most serious in their pursuits of the 35-year-old slugger are all former teams of Napoli’s — the Boston Red Sox,..." November 30

  • New York in 'full pursuit' for Rich Hill, Boston 'in mix,'

    Mass Live "ESPN's Jim Bowden is reporting that the New York Yankees are among four teams "in full pursuit" of free agent starting pitcher Rich Hill while the Boston Red Sox are one of two teams "in the mix to a lesser degree." Bowden reported: "Rich Hill has four teams that are all 'in' full pursuit of..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Yankees have heavy company in Carlos Beltran sweepstakes

    New York Post "The perception of executives inquiring is the Yankees, Red Sox and Astros are the most competitive teams for Carlos Beltran, with perhaps the Rangers lurking to try to retain him. The executives say that beyond the obvious – Beltran, even with his 40th birthday approaching in April, remains a..." November 22

  • Rangers prospects questioned for allegedly sexually hazing underage teammate

    TSN "Eight Texas Rangers prospects - including the younger brother of second baseman Rougned Odor - have been questioned by Dominican Republic police over a video that showed the players sexually assaulting an underage teammate, reports Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. Though prosecutors have yet to lay..." November 21

  • Derek Holland not expecting to return to Texas after Andrew Cashner deal

    Larry Brown Sports "The Texas Rangers rotation appears to be going out with the old and in with the new this offseason. Free agent right-hander Andrew Cashner agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Rangers on Friday, per TR Sullivan of MLB.com. Sullivan also adds that the deal has lefty Derek Holland..." November 19

  • Rangers nearing 1-year deal with Cashner

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers are nearing a deal with free agent righty Andrew Cashner, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). It’s expected to be for a one-year term at $10MM, per MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan (Twitter links)." November 18

  • Yankees, Red Sox could get into bidding war for Beltran

    Boston Herald "There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops. Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience..." November 18

  • MLB investigating alleged sexual assault at Rangers' DR academy

    Fox Sports "Both Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers are investigating a possible case of sexual assault that allegedly involved multiple players at the Rangers’ academy in the Dominican Republic. Metro, a news outlet in the D.R., reported that three members of the Rangers’ Dominican Summer League..." November 18

  • Yankees looking seriously at Encarnacion, Beltran

    Fanrag Sports "With Brian McCann off the books, the New York Yankees are seriously looking at top DHs now, including Carlos Beltran and Edwin Encarnacion, among others, sources say. Beltran is a guy they are familiar with and like very much, and it wouldn’t be a shock if the Yankees bring him back. Beltran, a..." November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Source: Carlos Beltran’s decision may be coming down to Red Sox, 3 other teams

    WEEI Boston "It appears the Red Sox have some familiar competition for Carlos Beltran’s services. According to a source familiar with the negotations, four teams have currently shown the most interest in the 39-year-old outfielder/designated hitter — the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. The Rangers,..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Lucroy added to Team USA for 2017 WBC

    Sports Day "Just days after the Rangers locked up catcher Jonathan Lucroy for the 2017 season, word comes down that he'll don another team's jersey soon. But don't fret, Rangers fans, it's just the jersey of the U.S. team for the World Baseball Classic. Lucroy has accepted an invitation to play for the..." November 14

  • Ian Desmond To Reject Qualifying Offer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rangers outfielder Ian Desmond will reject his one-year, $17.2MM qualifying offer, per reports from FanRag’s Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). As Sherman notes, Desmond figures to be in considerably more demand this time around than he was after rejecting the QO last..." November 14

  • Derek Holland will give Rangers a chance to match any offer he gets in free agency

    Sports Day "On the moment he found out the Rangers would not pick up his option for 2017: "It was definitely crazy. I wasn't expecting it. But then again I kinda was just because of the way the seasons had been unfolding. I wasn't doing the things I was supposed to do performance-wise. When you're not on..." November 13

  • Free-agent pitcher Holland expresses interest in joining Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Free-agent pitcher Derek Holland wants to become the Pirates' latest reclamation project. “I'd say the Pirates are on our short list,” Holland's agent, Michael Martini, said on Saturday. Martini said the Pirates have not made a formal offer to Holland, an eight-year veteran who's made 158..." November 12

  • Rangers sign Texarkana's Will Middlebrooks to minor league deal

    Sports Day "The Rangers on Friday signed infielder Will Middlebrooks, a Greenville native and Texarkana Liberty-Eylau High School graduate, to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. Middlebrooks, 28, was once considered one of the top prospects in baseball, but has..." November 11

  • Profar could be Rangers' best trade chip

    MLB.com "The Rangers are talking to other clubs about acquiring starting pitching, and it is clear utility infielder Jurickson Profar could be their best bargaining chip. That was one of the issues the Rangers were deliberating as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approached last summer, and it continued..." November 11

  • Choo could miss big part of Rangers spring training to participate in World Baseball Classic

    Sports Day "Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, coming off an injury-riddled season, could miss a portion of spring training while participating in the World Baseball Classic. The Korea Baseball Organization on Thursday included Choo on its 28-man roster for the WBC. Three other major-leaguers are on..." November 11

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • Texas Rangers indeed have a new ballpark coming in Arlington

    The Comeback "While our attention is obviously on the the presidential election Tuesday night, there are tons of other important things being voted on, including in the sports world where we have stadium votes for MLB’s Texas Rangers and the NFL’s San Diego Chargers. Well, it appears that at least the Texas..." November 09

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Astros ‘hot’ for Carlos Beltran, who’s still getting interest from Rangers

    New York Daily News "Carlos Beltran remains on the Rangers' radar, but the other team in Texas appears to be in pursuit of the designated hitter. According to a source, the Astros are "hot" for Beltran, who spent half a season with Houston before signing with the Mets before the 2005 season. He played two and a..." November 09

  • History says Rangers don't lock up center fielders long-term; what they'll likely do this offseason

    Sports Day "Here is the thing about center fielders: When most teams find one they like, they tend to lock him up long-term, stick with him and not let him get to free agency until after his expiration date has passed. This has not been the case for the Rangers. At least not in the era of The Ballpark..." November 09

  • Orioles Interested In Ian Desmond

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles are interested in free agent Ian Desmond as a potential corner outfield option in 2017 and beyond, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter link). Obviously, the interest that any team expresses in a free agent is going to be largely preliminary at this juncture of the offseason,..." November 08