Rangers Rumors & News

  • Rangers expect Beltre in opener despite new ailment

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "An MRI exam on the right calf of Adrian Beltre showed no significant strain, and the Texas Rangers expect that their third baseman will be in the Opening Day lineup. Beltre said on Monday that he woke up with tightness in the calf, but not the same calf that had a Grade 1 strain when he..." March 29

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Texas Rangers selling 2-foot long, $27 tamale hot dog

    Larry Brown Sports "The Texas Rangers have developed a reputation for producing jaw-dropping, gut-busting, over-sized food items at their ballgames, and this season will be no different. Actually, there will be something new this year that is worth a headline — their 2-foot long, $27 tamale hot..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Rangers Release James Loney

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have announced they’ve released veteran first baseman James Loney. They’ve also optioned righty Eddie Gamboa to Triple-A Round Rock and reassigned outfielder Jared Hoying to Round Rock. In addition, righty Anthony Bass and catcher Steven Lerud have been told they haven’t made the team,..." March 27

  • Rangers Table Extension Talks With Jonathan Lucroy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers and Jonathan Lucroy have tabled negotiations about a contract extension, the catcher tells Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link). It isn’t known whether the two sides will re-open talks prior to Opening Day or afterwards. Since many players prefer to avoid having..." March 26

  • The Rangers could extend Nomar Mazara next

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Saturday, the Texas Rangers reportedly agreed to a six-year extension with second baseman Rougned Odor. Turns out, the Rangers may be interested in a long-term deal with another one of their talented young players. That’s because Texas has reportedly engaged outfielder Nomar Mazara..." March 26

  • Tanner Scheppers leaves Cactus League game with lower core injury

    Hardball Talk "Rangers’ bullpen candidate Tanner Scheppers left Friday’s Cactus League game with pain in his “lower half,” according to reports by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The specifics of the right-hander’s injury have yet to be determined, but he was accompanied by the athletic trainer when he..." March 25

  • Yu Darvish officially named Texas' Opening Day starter

    MLB.com "Yu Darvish, leading an international cast of teammates, was told by manager Ron Washington that he will be the Rangers' Opening Day starter on March 31 against the Phillies. Washington had already said that last month at FanFest, but he told Darvish in a short meeting on Tuesday morning. "Yu..." March 25

  • Rangers and Rougned Odor closing in on contract extension

    Sports Day "It has become a big week for Rangers who were teammates on the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic. Albeit, it's about to be much bigger for Rougned Odor than Robinson Chirinos. Two MLB sources said the Rangers were growing increasingly optimistic they would complete a contract..." March 25

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Rangers’ Joey Gallo to see doctor for left hamstring soreness

    Fanrag Sports "Texas Rangers 23-year-old Joey Gallo has soreness in his left hamstring and will see a doctor on Tuesday, according to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who noted that it’s the same issue that the utility man sustained in winter ball. Gallo missed some of the Venezuelan Winter..." March 21

  • Rangers sign Robinson Chirinos to multi-year deal; 'We have two starting-caliber catchers'

    Dallas Morning News "The Texas Rangers have signed backup catcher Robinson Chirinos to a multi-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. The option for 2019 is a club option. Chirinos, 32, has been a mainstay in the Rangers' lineup since 2014, though he assumed the backup role after Jonathan Lucroy was acquired..." March 21

  • Rangers GM open to in-season negotiations with Darvish

    MLB.com "The Rangers are not facing a deadline at the end of Spring Training in their contract discussions with pitcher Yu Darvish, as general manager Jon Daniels said that those discussions could carry on into the regular season. Some clubs are opposed to having contract discussions once the season..." March 21

  • Chi Chi Gonzalez expected to miss six weeks with UCL tear

    Hardball Talk "Rangers’ right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez will miss the start of the season with a torn UCL in his right elbow, per a report from Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Gonzalez had been experiencing elbow soreness on Friday and was diagnosed with a partial tear shortly thereafter. The..." March 18

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Rangers no longer favoured to defend AL West

    Sportsnet "No team in the American League won more games than the Texas Rangers last season, and the franchise went on to capture its second straight division title. But they’ll be in tougher this year, with the state rival Houston Astros the heavy favourites in the AL West. As we approach the 2017..." March 16

  • Photographer suing memorabilia store for use of Odor-Bautista pic

    ESPN "The fight between Rougned Odor and Jose Bautista last May has triggered another fight, this time in the courtroom. Rogelio Albert Pena, a Dallas-based photographer, filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday, alleging a picture he took of the fight was being sold by a..." March 15

  • 5 MLB contract year players looking to cash in

    Yardbarker "The mythical contract year can be either a boon or a drag on an athlete. Some respond well, knowing that with a strong season, they can enter free agency as a hot commodity and really make a lot of money on the open market. Others feel the pressure and drag their value down as they struggle to..." March 10

  • After almost killing someone, spending 3 years in prison, how Rangers' Matt Bush is trying to reassemble his life

    Sports Day "On Tuesday, just as they had a year ago, Matt Bush and his father, Danny, rose before the sun, piled into a red Ford F-150 and started the five-hour drive east from San Diego toward the Rangers' spring training facility. There, they are once again sharing a hotel room. Danny Bush drives his son..." March 10

  • The Rangers shut down Andrew Cashner with biceps soreness

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers train in Surprise, Arizona. The latest news out of their camp is no surprise, however: starter Andrew Cashner has been shut down because of soreness in his right upper biceps. This is the second time this spring he has suffered from the malady. The first time he received an MRI but..." March 09

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • Darvish says he no longer has 'strange feelings' in arm

    MLB.com "The Rangers are monitoring Yu Darvish's health carefully this spring. Besides his value to the Rangers in 2017, Darvish is currently set to become a free agent after the season, and his health will help determine how interested the club will be in keeping him. So far, so good. The results on..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Tyson Ross takes big step Monday toward joining Rangers rotation

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Rangers right-hander Tyson Ross looks around at his fellow pitchers more than two weeks into spring training action and knows the feeling. Most of them, are already deep into pitching in spring games, simulated games, or, at the very least, a live bullpen session against hitters. Ross is on..." March 05

  • Beltran: Wright shouldn't even think about retiring

    New York Post "Carlos Beltran has some advice for his former teammate, David Wright. “He shouldn’t be thinking about retiring,” said Beltran, now with the Astros. “If I’m him, I don’t even think about retiring. You have to empty all your bullets before you retire.” And Beltran, who last played with Wright..." March 05

  • Rangers expected to make new extension offer to Odor

    Fanrag Sports "The Rangers and Rougned Odor are continuing to exchange figures in contract negotiations, and while there was still said to be a decent-sized gap coming into the weekend, the team was expected to revise its offer soon to the young power-hitting second baseman. Odor’s representatives presented..." March 05

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Rangers owner predicts Cy Young season for Darvish

    MLB.com "Rangers owner Ray Davis has a prediction for pitcher Yu Darvish this season. "He is in a good frame of mind, and strong physically," Davis said. "I expect him to win the Cy Young." As far as signing Darvish beyond this season, Davis was far more vague about that ongoing topic. "It depends..." March 01

  • Josh Hamilton has knee surgery, out 2-3 months

    MLB.com "Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in Houston on Monday and will be sidelined for at least 2-3 months. The surgery was performed in Houston by Dr. Walt Lowe, who did reconstruction surgery on the same knee last June. This time, Lowe repaired torn..." February 28

  • Josh Hamilton might need another knee surgery

    Fox Sports "Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton went to Houston on Sunday, facing the possibility of another knee surgery in his bid to return to the majors. Hamilton will be examined Monday by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed reconstructive surgery on the former AL MVP’s left knee last June. The Rangers..." February 27

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Rangers' Josh Hamilton could be headed for another knee surgery

    Sports Day "Josh Hamilton attempt to crack the Texas Rangers' opening day roster has hit another roadblock because of continued problems with a balky left knee. Hamilton, unable to put weight on the knee, returned to Houston on Sunday and will have the knee examined on Monday morning by Dr. Walt Lowe, who..." February 26

  • Josh Hamilton on setback with knee: ‘My confidence hasn’t wavered at all’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Josh Hamilton insists there’s no discouragement whatsoever over a recent setback involving his surgically repaired left knee. The Texas Rangers veteran returned to Houston after leaving camp on Wednesday to have the knee examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed his ACL reconstructive surgery on..." February 24

  • Rangers, Rougned Odor Making New Push For Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers and the reps for second baseman Rougned Odor have undertaken renewed efforts to reach agreement on a long-term deal, according to a report from Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. It’s not clear just how likely it is that the sides will see eye to eye, but Heyman says there’s “at least a bit of..." February 23

  • Josh Hamilton leaves Rangers camp for exam on left knee

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Josh Hamilton has flown to Houston to see his orthopedist after experiencing pain Tuesday in his reconstructed left knee. He felt the discomfort while running arcs on the outfield grass during the Texas Rangers’ first full-squad workout of spring training. The Rangers’ training staff consulted..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • 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