Rangers Rumors & News

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • The White Sox and Rangers want Dexter Fowler

    SB Nation "There are still worthwhile free agents out there! That's upsetting news for those still looking for a job, but hey, you want something to read and we want something to write, so it's not so bad for the two of us, yeah? One of those free agents is Dexter Fowler, who has a couple of teams attached..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Andruw Jones Likely To Retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran outfielder Andruw Jones says he will soon announce his retirement, Cory McCartney of FOX Sports South tweets. In November, Jones had reportedly been hoping to sign with an MLB team, but it appears likely he’ll hang up his cleats instead. It’s been awhile since Jones has played in the..." January 30

  • Rangers' Fielder 'got tired' in the middle of bounce-back season

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Uncertainty surrounded Prince Fielder a year ago as he reported all was well in his surgically repaired neck. He was doing all the off-season stuff he normally did, including some unorthodox training that seemed better suited for UFC fighters and wannabes. Texas Rangers brass, though, were..." January 30

  • Rangers reach salary agreement with reliever Jake Diekman

    Dallas Morning News "And then there was one. The Rangers reached agreement with lefty reliever Jake Diekman on a 2016 contract Friday evening, avoiding arbitration. Diekman, who is in his first year of arbitration eligibility, will receive $1.255 million. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, there is also the..." January 30

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Jeff Banister doesn't need 'MVP' Josh Hamilton in 2016, just wants him to be 'one of the guys'

    Dallas Morning News "Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister joined Ben & Skin on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan to talk all things baseball. Here are some highlights: How do you plan around Josh Hamilton, an elite talent, but always seem to miss time due to health issues? Banister: Remember last year, he didn't have any..." January 28

  • Andrus receives encouraging words from Cowboys' Romo

    The Score "As Elvis Andrus continues to come out from the shadows of the worst inning of his career, the Texas Rangers shortstop recently confided in someone who has dealt with his fair share of disappointing moments. Four months since his multi-error performance in Game 5 of the ALDS, Andrus spoke with..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • Yankees sign catcher Carlos Corporan to a minor league contract

    Hardball Talk "As first reported by SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, the Yankees have reached agreement on a minor league contract with veteran catcher Carlos Corporan. Corporan batted just .178/.244/.299 in 121 plate appearances last season for the Rangers. And he owns a .218/.280/.342 career batting line in 780..." January 26

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Jon Daniels indicates Rangers would consider Jurickson Profar in the outfield, if needed

    Sports Day "The Texas Rangers are willing to again look at the possibility of prized middle infielder Jurickson Profar playing the outfield if a need arises, general manager Jon Daniels indicated during Fan Fest on Saturday. Daniels was asked the club's options should Josh Hamilton, who goes to spring..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Shawn Tolleson, Texas Rangers agree to one year contract

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers have agreed to a one year contract with reliever Shawn Tolleson, according to John Blake on Twitter. The beat guys are saying it is for $3.275 million. Tolleson, 28, was originally claimed on waivers from the Dodgers by the Rangers in the 2013-14 offseason, and took over as..." January 25

  • MLB determines Yu Darvish not involved in brother's gambling ring

    The Score "Yu Darvish has reportedly been cleared of any involvement in his brother's illegal gambling case in Japan. According to baseball sources, Major League Baseball has determined the Texas Rangers right-hander had no involvement with his brother's illegal operation, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth..." January 24

  • Adrian Beltre is interested in signing a contract extension with the Rangers

    MLB.com "Third baseman Adrian Beltre showed up for the Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Dinner on Friday feeling good about his overall physical health. Beltre has reported no issues this winter, especially with his left thumb. Beltre played the final three months of the 2015 season with a torn ligament..." January 23

  • Josh Hamilton gets cortisone shot to help knee problems

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "What unfolded Friday night in two media sessions before the Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Dinner wasn’t at all surprising. In fact, it’s likely what the Rangers had been anticipating. Adrian Beltre is the model of fitness, at least for him. He is no longer limited by his surgically repaired..." January 23

  • Brewers, Angels, Rangers interested in Austin Jackson

    The Score "Austin Jackson may not come with the same kind of fanfare as the top free agent left on the open market, Yoenis Cespedes, but that isn't stopping teams from talking to the outfielder about a potential deal. The Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels, and Texas Rangers have all "kicked the tires"..." January 22

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Rockies, looking for a starter and pen help, are now considering top remaining SP Yovani Gallardo

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Astros, Wandy Rodriguez Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez are in agreement on a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (Twitter link). Rodriguez is a client of the Wasserman Media Group. Rodriguez, 37, will return to the organization..." January 21

  • Orioles, Astros reportedly interested in Yovani Gallardo

    Sporting News "RUMOR: The Astros and Orioles have entered the race to sign Yovani Gallardo, the top remaining free-agent starting pitcher. REPORTED BY: MLB Network's Jon Heyman DETAILS: Teams have shown varying interest in Gallardo throughout the offseason, but whether they didn't like what they saw or..." January 21

  • New Rangers pitching coach says Yu Darvish looks ahead of schedule

    Dallas Morning News "Right-hander Yu Darvish has surprised new pitching coach Doug Brocail with the pace of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Brocail was impressed by what he saw in a Darvish throwing session about six weeks ago. Darvish is not participating in the minicamp. "I wasn't expecting to see what I..." January 21

  • Report: Rockies considering Gallardo for rotation help

    The Score "Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich is hoping to address the league's worst rotation from a season ago with the best remaining free-agent starter. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Thursday that the Rockies are now considering right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who is tied to draft-pick..." January 21

  • Rangers ticket prices unchanged this season

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Ticket prices will remain unchanged for the Texas Rangers this season, and the club will again adjust prices based on demand and other factors, such as the opponent, weather and pitching matchups. Individual tickets for 2016 games, except Opening Day, will go on sale at 9 a.m. March 4 " January 20

  • Rangers GM hopes Joey Gallo will begin 2016 in minors

    Sporting News "If Joey Gallo ends up being an impact player for the Rangers in 2016, it likely won't come until after the All-Star break. Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday in a radio interview that he hopes Gallo and young outfielder Nomar Mazara aren't in a position to make the big-league club..." January 20

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    MLB will take look at yu darvish after brother arested for alleged gambling. As for yu, MLB says it's just "due diligence"

  • Source: MLB not investigating Rangers’ Yu Darvish for gambling

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Major League Baseball is following its standard protocol as it looks into a gambling case involving the brother of Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, but a baseball source said the idea that Darvish himself is being investigated is “untrue.” A story Tuesday in The Japan Times said that..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Yu Darvish denies gambling as MLB investigates his brother's arrest

    ESPN "Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he has never been involved in gambling activities amid a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan. On Tuesday, Darvish issued a statement through his agent to recognize MLB's need to conduct an investigation. He..." January 20

  • MLB investigating Yu Darvish’s possible role in gambling ring

    Sporting News "Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is under investigation by MLB for his possible role in an illegal gambling ring run by his brother Sho, The Japan Times reported Tuesday. Sho Darvish was arrested in October after being accused by authorities of placing bets on American and Japanese sports. He and..." January 19

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Colby Lewis signs contract with Texas Rangers for one year, $6 million

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Colby Lewis declared on Monday that he will be ready for Opening Day, that his knee surgery will be forgotten and that he will be able to log 30-plus starts and somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 innings. After overcoming elbow and hip injuries in 2012 and 2013 to lead the Texas Rangers in..." January 19

  • Rangers finalize $6 million deal with Colby Lewis

    Hardball Talk "Exactly one month after the signing was reported as done the Rangers and right-hander Colby Lewis have made things official, announcing a one-year, $6 million deal. Lewis’ recovery from October knee surgery delayed the whole process by placing added emphasis on the pre-signing physical exam,..." January 18

  • Marlins offered Ozuna to Rangers, Reds for pitching

    The Score "The Miami Marlins' sustained efforts to move outfielder Marcell Ozuna this offseason reportedly included separate trade offers to the Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers in exchange for starting pitchers. According to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the Marlins made specific proposals to both..." January 18

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    Stefan Stevenson @StevensonFWST

    Reasonable expectations from #Rangers arb holdouts. Tolleson: $3.9M. Club: $2.6M Diekman: $1.55M. Club: $975K Moreland: $6M. Club: $4.675M

  • Catcher Robinson Chirinos gets raise from Rangers and front-line status that goes with it

    Dallas Morning News "Robinson Chirinos on Friday received a salary increase that recognizes his role as the front-line catcher with the Texas Rangers. Chirinos, eligible for salary arbitration, received a 199 percent raise to a base salary of $1.55 million. The Rangers had a bargain in Chirinos last season. He..." January 15

  • Blue Jays have been in contact with free-agent pitcher Gallardo

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have stayed in contact with free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo throughout the offseason, including conversations this week, an industry source told Sportsnet. That said, the Blue Jays have cast a wide net for pitching all winter, and significant questions would have..." January 15

  • Texas Rangers, Tom Wilhelmsen agree on one year, $3.1M deal

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers and Tom Wilhelmsen have agreed on a one year, $3.1M contract, avoiding arbitration, per Jerry Crasnick on Twitter. Wilhelmsen, a right handed reliever acquired from the Mariners as part of the package received in the Leonys Martin trade, is in his final year of arbitration..." January 13

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13