Rangers Rumors & News

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Rangers official Thad Levine could be next general manager of Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thad Levine, currently the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers, has emerged as a candidate to work under Derek Falvey once he takes over as the Twins chief baseball officer, according to a source familiar with the Twins search. The Twins, according to another source, tried to hire..." October 26

  • Lucroy: Decision to veto Indians trade 'over with and in the past'

    ESPN "As the Indians prepare for their first World Series appearance in 19 years, Jonathan Lucroy looks on from afar, with no regrets that he missed out on an opportunity to be part of the team's deep October run. Lucroy, a two-time All-Star catcher with the Milwaukee Brewers, was on the verge of..." October 24

  • Could free agent Ian Desmond really return to the Nationals?

    Washington Post "Earlier this week, Tom Boswell offered one plan for the Nationals this offseason: Re-sign Ian Desmond, the beloved former shortstop who rebuilt his value in center field with the Rangers this season. The idea is that Desmond could play center field, allowing Trea Turner to move back to..." October 22

  • Bautista, Encarnacion may be done with Blue Jays, here's where they could land

    CBS Sports "Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, the 2016 Blue Jays season came to an unceremonious end with a loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS (CLE 3, TOR 0). Toronto is the first team to lose the ALCS in back-to-back years since the Mariners in 2000 and 2001. "This group's come a..." October 20

  • The Texas Rangers' Ballpark Scam Is Even Worse Than We Thought

    Deadspin "Back in June, WFAA-TV took a close look at the Texas Rangers’ proposal to build a new stadium in Arlington, which the city and team insist would be built with a 50-50 split of private and public money. WFAA-TV discovered an unprecedented clause in the proposal that proved the 50-50 promise to be..." October 18

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Rangers prospect Joey Gallo to play first base in winter league

    Today's Knuckleball "Jared Sandler of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reported Tuesday that Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo will play winter ball, where he plans to play the majority of time at first base. Gallo said in late September that he has opportunities in either the Dominican Republic or in Venezuela. Baseball..." October 11

  • Carlos Beltran plans to play in 2017

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s TR Sullivan reports that Carlos Beltran plans to keep playing in 2017. He hopes for the Rangers, but if not, he’ll enter the free agent market. Beltran will turn 40 next April, but he still hit .295/.337/.513 with 29 homers and 93 RBI over 151 games between the Yankees and the Rangers" October 11

  • Walk-off error caps Jays' sweep of Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays found the knockout punch to complete an American League Division Series sweep Sunday night from an unusual source. It was made by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, who delivered a memorable punch himself on May 15 on Blue Jays right fielder Jose..." October 10

  • Odor 'not going to forget' fateful series-ending misplay

    The Globe and Mail "Long after the Toronto Blue Jays had eliminated his Texas Rangers on Sunday night, Rougned Odor emerged reluctantly from a back room of the visitor’s clubhouse to face the media. In that moment, he looked not at all like the fiery second baseman who had earlier this season slugged Jose Bautista in..." October 10

  • Broken Team, Not Broken System to Blame for Texas Rangers' Playoff Exit

    The Big Lead "With Americans distracted by an unprecedented political trainwreck Sunday night, the Texas Rangers were swept out of the playoffs in Canada. Josh Donaldson’s frantic dash home secured the Toronto Blue Jays’ second straight American League Championship Series appearance. The fact that a Rougned..." October 10

  • Rangers' Cole Hamels: On track to start Game 4

    CBS Sports "Hamels is expected to start Monday if the Rangers are able to force Game 4 of the ALDS, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Rangers are down 0-2 and will be facing elimination at 7:30 ET on Sunday, but if they are able to extend the series, it sounds like Hamels will take..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Rangers must block out Rogers Centre roar to stay alive vs. Jays

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Toronto Blue Jays enjoy a raucous home-field advantage when Rogers Centre is packed and their fans smell victory. Despite some recent blemishes, including an ugly scene during the seventh inning of last year’s ALDS Game 5, there’s no denying Blue Jays fans are loud and proud. Underline and..." October 09

  • Rangers go with veteran Colby Lewis in Game 3

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Rangers will go with veteran Colby Lewis for ALDS Game 3 Sunday night in Toronto. Lewis is 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in nine postseasons games, including eight starts. He did not make a start in the 2015 ALDS. “We think he’s healthy, feels good,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “Been..." October 07

  • Blue Jays power past Rangers for 2-0 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Toronto Blue Jays had just six hits in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against Texas on Friday but made sure they counted. Toronto clubbed four homers off Texas starter Yu Darvish and then held on for a 5-3 victory despite 13 hits from the Rangers...." October 07

  • Yu Darvish ties playoff record for home runs allowed

    Today's Knuckleball "The Rangers’ attempt at exacting vengeance upon the Blue Jays for the events of the teams’ 2015 ALDS series is not going too well. Yu Darvish’s contributions further aided the Jays in their quest to make it back to the ALCS. Darvish’s four home runs allowed on Friday afternoon tie him atop an..." October 07

  • A baseball ticket in Texas costs less than a beer at the Rogers Centre does

    Toronto Star "It’s cheaper to buy a seat for a Jays’ playoff game in Texas than to drink a beer while watching the playoffs at the Rogers Centre. A look at Stubhub.com shows there are plenty of seats available for Thursday afternoon’s game in Arlington at Globe Life Park. There were also still lots of..." October 07

  • Jays hammer Hamels, Rangers to take Game 1

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Toronto Blue Jays' high-powered offense was at it again in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday against the Texas Rangers. The batting onslaught wasn't totally necessary, though, because right-hander Marco Estrada stole the show as the Blue Jays..." October 06

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rangers pick Hamels to start ALDS opener

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Left-hander Cole Hamels was named Wednesday as the Texas Rangers’ starting pitcher for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hamels was the choice to start Thursday in the ALDS lid-lifter at Globe Life Park over right-hander Yu Darvish, who will start..." October 05

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Odorizzi pitches Rays past Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Both Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi and Texas starter Colby Lewis got what they wanted out of Saturday's 4-1 Rays win over the Rangers. Odorizzi (10-6) finished off a strong second half of the season for himself with six innings of one-run ball. Odorizzi finished his..." October 02

  • Rays respond to Rangers' ninth-inning rally, win in 10

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Tampa Bay Rays aren't playing any more October baseball, but they continue to have success in the month. The Rays scored twice in the 10th inning to beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Sunday. The win ended the season for the Rays, who are now 20-13 in October..." October 02

  • Rangers win, clinch home field throughout postseason

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish picked the right night to have his best start of the season. In his final playoff tuneup, Darvish struck out 12 Tampa Bay batters in six innings as Texas wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a 3-1 victory..." October 01

  • Rangers secure home-field advantage for postseason

    Sports Day "Takeaways and observations from the Rangers' 3-1 win against Tampa Bay on Friday at Globe Life Park: THREE TAKEAWAYS HOME, SWEET HOME: With the win, the Rangers locked up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Boston could still tie the Rangers for best record in the American League,..." October 01

  • Gomez homer lifts Rangers past Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Gomez did it again. In fact, he's done it quite a bit for the Texas Rangers ever since the Houston Astros gave up on the two-time All-Star. Gomez drilled a three-run home run in the eighth to complete another comeback and give the Texas Rangers an 8-5 win over the..." September 29

  • Lucroy sparks Rangers' rally in win over Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister doesn't bother scoreboard watching. He's got a job to do. "This is a challenging job," Banister said. "I'm not just sitting over there drinking Powerade, chewing bubble gum and spitting sunflower seeds." So when he found out the..." September 28

  • Villar blasts two HRs as Brewers rough up Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jonathan Villar came into Monday night sitting on 59 stolen bases, so a two-homer night against the Texas Rangers wasn't necessarily ideal. "I don't think about that because I need a base hit because I need one more stolen base, so that's two home runs today," he said...." September 27

  • Yu Darvish's Bro Convicted In MLB Gambling Ring

    TMZ "The brother of MLB superstar Yu Darvish has been convicted of running a multi-million dollar gambling ring that centered around Major League Baseball games ... officials say. Authorities in Japan say 27-year-old Sho Darvish was taking hundreds of bets on MLB games and pro baseball games in..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Texas clinches AL West with win in Oakland

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cole Hamels pitched seven shutout innings, Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer and the Texan Rangers clinched the American League West crown with a 3-0 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum. The Rangers (91-63) won the West for the..." September 24

  • Rangers' Derek Holland: Moved to bullpen

    CBS Sports "Holland has been moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports" September 24

  • Andrus goes deep twice as Rangers shut out Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Manager Jeff Banister gave most of his regulars the day off Saturday against Oakland, one day after the Texas Rangers clinched the American League West crown and celebrated late into the night after beating the A's. But starting shortstop Elvis Andrus asked Banister to..." September 24

  • Rangers' Jeffress expected to rejoin team Friday

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress, who has been checked into an inpatient rehab clinic for nearly a month following a DWI arrest, is expected to rejoin the Rangers’ bullpen tomorrow, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Jeffress, who turned 29 yesterday, was arrested late last..." September 23

  • Angels bullpen slams door on Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jered Weaver reached a milestone, along with beating the Texas Rangers again. The 33-year-old right-hander picked up the 150th win of his career and the Los Angeles Angels held on to beat the Rangers 5-4 Wednesday night at Globe Life Park. Weaver joined Chuck Finley..." September 22

  • Rangers To Sign Yanio Perez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have agreed to terms with Cuban third baseman Yanio Perez, reports Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald. Perez, who rates 13th on Jesse Sanchez’s top 30 international prospect rankings at MLB.com, will receive a $1.1MM signing bonus. The 21-year-old Perez was cleared to sign on May 20 and..." September 22

  • Mazara homers as Rangers beat Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nomar Mazara may not be the best rookie in the American League this season, but he's been pretty special for the Texas Rangers. Mazara added to what should be a solid Rookie-of-the-Year candidacy with his 20th home run to lead the Texas Rangers past the Los Angeles Angels..." September 21

  • Rangers rally in 9th to defeat Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Another case of walk-off heroics inched the Texas Rangers closer to the American League West title and a postseason berth. Ian Desmond drove in Elvis Andrus in the ninth inning Monday night to give the Rangers a 3-2, comeback win over the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life..." September 20

  • Fast start powers A's to rout of Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was a big night of firsts for the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night. Second baseman Joey Wendle opened the game against Texas with his first career homer, which helped pave the way for the first career win for right-hander Raul Alcantara as the Athletics blasted the..." September 18

  • Davis hits 40th HR in A's 5-2 win over Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Khris Davis' mastery of the Texas Rangers helped him earn a spot in Oakland Athletics history Sunday. Davis homered twice, becoming the first Oakland hitter to reach 40 homers in a season since 2000, as the Athletics topped the Rangers 5-2. Oakland has now won six..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Ranger manager Jeff Banister is not about to ask Carlos Gomez to tone down his energy

    Dallas Morning News "Rangers manager Jeff Banister does not want outfielder Carlos Gomez to tone down his base-running style despite being called for an illegal slide for the second time this season Friday. The Rangers had a run-scoring grounder turned into an inning-ending double play when Gomez was called for..." September 18

  • Ron Washington says Rangers 'more equipped' to win title than his 2010 and 2011 World Series teams

    Dallas Morning News "This year's Rangers are better positioned to win the World Series than any team in franchise history. Says who? None other than Ron Washington, the only man who has managed the Rangers to a World Series, both in 2010 and 2011. The 2011 team, of course, twice came within one strike of winning..." September 17

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