Rangers Rumors & News

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Yu Darvish is planning to throw the split-finger fastball once again

    Sports Day "During a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday, right-hander Yu Darvish threw a handful of split-finger fastballs. He wasn't simply fooling around. He intends to incorporate the pitch back into his repertoire. Darvish threw the split-finger pitch about 5 percent of the time before Tommy John surgery...." February 19

  • Beltre to miss opening round of WBC with calf strain

    MLB.com "Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been ruled out for the start of the World Baseball Classic because of a strained left calf muscle, the club announced Friday. An MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a Grade 1 strain, and he is expected to be sidelined about three weeks. Beltre, who reported to..." February 18

  • Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre strained left calf, may be ruled out for World Baseball Classic

    Sports Day "Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre strained his left calf on Tuesday, SportsDay's Evan Grant reported. His participation in the World Baseball Classic is now in doubt though the decision isn't final. This is a developing story. More to come." February 17

  • Hamilton: 'I think I've got a lot left in the tank'

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "In the days after his 10th and most serious knee surgery last May, a procedure that reconstructed his left knee, Josh Hamilton considered retirement. The rehabilitation process and missing all of 2016 made a return seem impossible at the moment. But one morning walking out to his workout barn..." February 16

  • Could Rangers be prepared to let Yu Darvish hit free agency?

    Sports Day "When spring training officially begins Wednesday, the Rangers will trot out the best 1-2 punch they've ever had to start a year in Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish. All comments about last year's playoffs aside, this is the Rangers' best asset and their biggest advantage. It is the best 1-2 combo in..." February 15

  • Anthony Bass set to make MLB return with Rangers

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-handed reliever Anthony Bass is headed back to the majors, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. Bass reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Rangers on Friday night, though the team has yet to confirm the contract. He was rumored to be in talks with the Orioles and..." February 12

  • Venezuela looks to Rangers' Rougned Odor as injury replacement for WBC

    Sports Day "Second baseman Rougned Odor could join the contingent of Texas Rangers participants in the World Baseball Classic next month. Team Venezuela is expected to remove shortstop Freddy Galvis from the roster because of a strained groin muscle, which incurred last week during the Caribbean Series...." February 11

  • Retired Prince Fielder set to host cooking show

    ESPN "Prince Fielder is surprisingly upbeat just six months after medical issues brought his baseball career to an abrupt and tearful end. He spends a lot of time shuttling his sons, Jadyn, 12, and Haven, 10, back and forth to baseball and basketball games and practices, and he's diving into a new..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Talks Between Rangers, Mike Napoli “Progressing”

    MLB Trade Rumors "Two sources have told Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram that the Rangers and Napoli have a one-year deal in place, while two others have informed him they’re “close” to a contract (Twitter link). Either way, an agreement looks likely. 10:49am: The Rangers have been pursuing free..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • Mike Napoli to sign one-year deal with Rangers

    Sportsnaut "Multiple reports state Mike Napoli will re-sign with the Texas Rangers on a one-year deal. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 35-year-old could be returning to the Rangers for a third time. According to Wilson, two of his sources say the deal has been agreed upon...." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Rangers are not making renewed push for White Sox P Jose Quintana

    Sports Day "The Rangers have long coveted Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana, but it does not appear they are making a renewed push to land him, despite a Wednesday afternoon report to the contrary. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Rangers have "suddenly increased their pursuit" of..." February 01

  • The Rays and Rangers are discussing a Jurickson Profar trade

    Hardball Talk "File this under “eh, may not happen, but it’s interesting.” Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rays have “checked in” with the Rangers regarding a possible trade for Jurickson Profar. The Rays need a second baseman now that Logan Forsythe has been traded. Their most..." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Report: New Border Restrictions Could Ban Yu Darvish's Father From Country

    12 Up "​Yu Darvish is one of the best pitchers in the MLB, representing the Texas Rangers from his homeland of Japan. Due to Donald Trump's executive actions pertaining to new border restrictions, his father may not be able to see him pitch in person anytime soon. Darvish is solely a Japanese..." January 28

  • Rangers' Diekman undergoes surgery to have colon removed

    Sports Day "Rangers reliever Jake Diekman on Wednesday took the first step in the long road back to pitching for the club, undergoing a successful four-hour procedure to remove his colon, which has been wrecked by ulcerative colitis. Diekman, who turned 30 last week, will miss at least the first half of..." January 26

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Rangers Only Interested In Mike Napoli On One-Year Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "It once seemed like the Rangers were moving swiftly toward a deal with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli, but nothing has come together as of yet. That may be because Texas is only interested in guaranteeing the veteran a single season, as ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (Insider link). It’s..." January 24

  • Former Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson signs with Tampa Bay

    Dallas Morning News "Tampa Bay has agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with free-agent right-hander Shawn Tolleson, who can make an additional $1.15 million in bonuses. The 29-year-old Tolleson, who played at Allen and Baylor, was 2-2 with 11 saves and a 7.68 ERA in 37 games last season with the Rangers" January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Yu focused on elbow, not contract

    MLB.com "Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is approaching free agency, but he doesn't seem too worried about it. "It's not about my contract," Darvish said at Friday's Texas Rangers Awards Dinner. "Coming back from Tommy John [surgery] for the second year, I want to see how my body reacts and how I do. ......" January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Rangers plan to retire Pudge’s jersey in August

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Ivan Rodriguez will have his No. 7 jersey retired by the Texas Rangers in August, the club announced late Friday night at the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner. The Rangers didn’t announce a date for the ceremony, but it will come only a few weeks after Rodriguez is inducted into the National Baseball..." January 21

  • Raines to wear an Expos cap, Pudge to wear a Rangers cap on their Hall of Fame plaques

    Hardball Talk "There is little if any controversy to be had about the caps this year’s inductees will wear on their Hall of Fame plaques, but in case there was any doubt at all, it was put to rest this afternoon at the Hall of Fame press conference: Tim Raines will wear a Montreal Expos cap and Ivan Rodriguez..." January 19

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Rays adding to bullpen, close to signing Shawn Tolleson

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are making a move to bolster their bullpen as they are close to finalizing a deal with RHP Shawn Tolleson, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Tolleson, 29 on Thursday, saved 35 games for the Rangers in 2015 but struggled through a rough 2016 season, losing his closer's job, getting sent..." January 18

  • Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman to miss first half of season to undergo surgery for ulcerative colitis

    Sports Day "The Texas Rangers will open the season without left-hander Jake Diekman, a vital cog in last season's bullpen. Diekman is scheduled to undergo surgery for ulcerative colitis on January 25. He had hoped to delay the surgery until after the season, but doctors warned that waiting would increase..." January 17

  • The Angels are paying Josh Hamilton more than $26M to play for the Rangers

    CBS Sports "As has been expected for months, the Rangers re-signed Josh Hamilton on Tuesday to a minor-league deal. He can opt out of the deal and become a free agent by April 1 if he doesn't make the big-league club and it's for the league minimum (per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports). This is all very..." January 17

  • Tyson Ross agrees to deal with Rangers

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "Free agent pitcher Tyson Ross has agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Jeff “Skin” Wade of 105.3 The Fan. Terms of the deal are not known at this time. Ross, 29, only pitched in one game for San Diego in 2016 before undergoing surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome." January 14

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Rangers “Check In” On Mark Trumbo

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have at least “check[ed] in” on free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo, according to a report from Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. The extent of the team’s interest, though, isn’t yet clear. Texas had been said to be the favorite to add Mike Napoli, another right-handed power hitter who’d presumably..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Jason Hammel a possible contingency rotation plan if Rangers do not sign Tyson Ross

    Sports Day "While Tyson Ross appears to be the Rangers' top remaining free agent target, the club is also considering contingency plans in case a deal doesn't happen. A major league source on Friday confirmed a report from MLB.com's Jon Morosi that the Rangers have checked in on right-hander Jason Hammel...." January 07

  • Rangers, Snider agree to minor-league deal

    Fanrag Sports "Travis Snider did not appear in a Major League game in 2016, but he’ll be given another chance to return to the majors in 2017. The outfielder, who will turn 29 in February, has signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers worth up to $1 million should he make the major league team. Snider..." January 06

  • Phillies, Cesar Ramos Agree To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-hander Cesar Ramos, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (on Twitter). The Wasserman client will add a southpaw with considerable Major League experience to Philadelphia’s depth chart. Ramos, 32, opened the 2016 season with the..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Rangers, Colby Lewis appear likely to part ways

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Colby Lewis is unlikely to return to the Texas Rangers, general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday, but the two-time American League West champs appear to be one of two finalists for free agent right-hander Tyson Ross. Lewis has been with the Rangers since returning from Japan in 2010. He had..." January 05

  • Rangers, Cubs, Nationals Pursuing Tyson Ross

    MLB Trade Rumors "FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Nationals, too, covet Ross but are considered a “long shot” to land his services. Joe Ross, Tyson’s younger brother, is currently penciled into the Nationals’ rotation, so there’s some appeal beyond financial incentive for Tyson to ponder a match with the Nats...." January 05

  • Renderings of Rangers new stadium sure look like Astros' Minute Maid Park

    Houston Chronicle "Renderings of the Texas Rangers' soon-to-be-built ballpark were released Thursday and they sure look awfully familiar. The retractable-roof stadium's renderings feature arches in the left-field concourse and bleachers high up on the left-field wall that look a lot like what the Astros have at..." January 05