One more move: RHP Doug Mathis returns to #Rangers organization on a minor-league deal with no invite to spring camp.
SI.com "Though there’s certainly no indication he plans to switch sports any time soon, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was selected off the Colorado Rockies’ minor-league roster by the Texas Rangers during Thursday’s MLB Rule 5 draft. Wilson, who played second base, was taken twice during the MLB amateur..." December 12
Hardball Talk "After shocking the baseball world by agreeing to a 10-year, $240 million contract with second baseman Robinson Cano last week, the Mariners reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with Corey Hart today while picking up Logan Morrison in a trade with the Marlins. However, they aren’t done attempting..." December 12
#Angels are among the clubs talking to Matt Garza. Would slot in behind Weaver and Wilson as a nice No. 3.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The importance of a deep stable of quality starting pitchers should have been seared into the brains of Texas Rangers brass the past two years. In 2012, Colby Lewis was injured in July. His replacements didn’t win a start in their final 10 tries, and the Rangers lost out on a third straight..." December 11
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
If #Dbacks decide there is not a match right now for a trade for a pitcher they could make a run at free agent RHP Matt Garza.
Zduriencik on 710 on reports of Cruz turning down $75 million dollar deal from the #Mariners. "Inaccurate."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "If the Rangers are going to add a starting pitcher this off-season, it will be done on a one-year basis to help keep a spot warm for one from a group of fast-moving pitching prospects who could reach the majors in 2014. As such, a baseball source said that they have interest in former Cy Young..." December 10
CBSSports.com "Rays ace David Price may be on the move this offseason, as everyone who has been paying attention already knows. Obviously many teams have been mentioned as interested, as we're talking about a Cy Young winner still in his prime with two years left of club control. Three have emerged as the most..." December 10
Dallas Morning News "Two baseball sources have said that the contract demands for free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo have escalated beyond the level where the Rangers are comfortable signing him. The growing hope now is that Nelson Cruz will return to help bolster the Rangers' lineup. One of the sources said that..." December 10
CBSSports.com "The Eric Chavez market is heating up, with at least seven teams in on the free-agent third baseman at the moment. The Rangers, Rays, Pirates, Braves, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Yankees all have checked in with interest, though the Yankees' signing of Kelly Johnson might diminish the chances of..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The current construction of the Texas Rangers, the club’s general manager and field manager say, is good enough to be a contender in the American League West for the sixth consecutive year and possibly its champion for a third time since 2010. Better players can be added, they agree, but there..." December 10
Rangers, Blue Jays agreed on deal sending Sergio Santos to Texas but another player failed physical, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.
Trade of Andrus by #Rangers viewed internally as very much a longshot. Club has not discussed him with other teams since Fielder trade.
#mariners targets include price, cruz, benoit, corey hart (gm jack z drafted him in milwaukee)
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Detroit Free Press "Joe Nathan’s first season with the Tigers will be his 20th season in pro baseball. The most soaring moment and most troubling moment in that long journey came less than six months apart. On Oct. 6, 2009, in the AL Central tiebreaker game, Nathan escaped trouble to hold off the Tigers in the..." December 08
Hardball Talk "The Rangers nearly traded for J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered by the Blue Jays. Now they have him anyway, signing him to a one-year deal, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Arencibia, who turns 28 next month, will battle Geovany Soto for playing time in Texas. He..." December 06
Sportsnet.ca "With utility players Willie Bloomquist, Nick Punto, Kelly Johnson and Skip Schumaker off of the board, MLB teams are expressing interest in free agent infielder Jamey Carroll. At least seven teams have checked in on Carroll, including the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston..." December 05
Miami Herald "Leonys Martin Tapanes seemed like yet another Cuban baseball player with tremendous promise when he signed a $15.5 million contract with the Texas Rangers in 2011. But there apparently is a darker story behind Martin’s climb from poverty to Major League Baseball success. The U.S. attorney’s..." December 05
Hardball Talk "Texas announced some non-roster spring training invitations and there’s a familiar name on the list: Jose Contreras. Contreras is 42 years old and pitched just five innings for the Pirates this year after coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery. He hasn’t been healthy and effective since..." December 05
Sources: Orioles active in free agent talks for bats and arms; have interest in Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez. @FOXSports1
Source: #Mets “moving forward” on Granderson, have cooled on Nelson Cruz.
#rangers are a team that could look at jp arencibia, 1 of the elite of the non-tenders. big power.
Clubs that have talked to #Pirates believe James Loney emerging as their top choice at 1B. Heard they've also asked on Adam Lind & Moreland
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Source tells me Nelson Cruz could emerge as Yankees' target if they miss out on Carlos Beltran.
Source: Nathan deal with #Tigers is in $20M range for two years.
Sources: #Rangers won't pursue a reunion with free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who they dealt away in 2010.
Sources: Dodgers have remained in contact with multiple teams on possibility of Matt Kemp trade. SEA, BOS, TEX among those with interest.
According to @JeffPassan the A's have traded Michael Choice TX for Craig Gentry; Choice better bat &power potential. Gentry better FLD & Arm
Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers made a major trade Monday night. They appear to be on the verge of making a major free-agent signing Tuesday. Free agent closer Joe Nathan will sign a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com appears..." December 03
CBSSports.com "Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a deal with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, according to sources. The Red Sox needed a veteran to catch their championship team, and ultimately they liked the idea of a Pierzynski, an excellent offensive catcher who has respected..." December 03
Oakland Tribune "The A's continued their pre-winter meetings roster overhaul Tuesday with the trade of former first-round pick Michael Choice to the Texas Rangers in exchange for veteran outfielder Craig Gentry, a career .280 hitter who is a stolen-base threat, and pitcher Josh Lindblom. Oakland is also sending..." December 03
Jim Johnson trade was an obvious salary dump for Baltimore. Source said Orioles could be using money to pursue outfielder Nelson Cruz.
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
MLB.com "With more catchers coming off the market, the Rangers are looking at Kurt Suzuki to partner with Geovany Soto behind the plate for them in 2014. Suzuki was the Athletics starting catcher from 2008-12 before being traded to the Nationals. The Athletics then acquired him on Aug 23, this past..." December 03
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Even with A.J. Pierzynski set to turn 37 later this month, the Minnesota Twins could find it difficult to lure their former catcher without a multiyear offer. "I'd be extremely shocked if he doesn't get at least two years," a baseball operations person from an American League club said Monday..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02