Rangers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Rangers reportedly in talks with Tyson Ross

    CBS Sports "Earlier in the winter, the San Diego Padres opted against tendering a contract to right-handed starter Tyson Ross. The move came as a surprise. Though Ross had missed almost all of 2016 following surgery to repair his thoracic outlet syndrome, he'd previously established himself as an..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Impressive in '16, Bush likely to stay in 'pen

    MLB.com "Cooler heads are prevailing in the case of Rangers pitcher Matt Bush. Texas is planning on keeping him in the bullpen even though there had been some chatter this offseason about moving him to the rotation. Staying in the bullpen appears to be Bush's preference after his successful rookie..." January 02

  • Rangers, agents for Darvish, Lucroy have had 'informal' talks

    Sports Day "Rangers general manager Jon Daniels went on The Ticket's Norm-a-thon Wednesday to talk about Jurickson Profar, big-name contract extensions, watching this year's World Series, Matt Bush transitioning to a starter role and more: On a contract extension for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitcher Yu..." December 30

  • Rangers Becoming More Aggressive In Pursuit Of Mike Napoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that with the holidays in the rear-view mirror, the Rangers have become more aggressive in their pursuit of Napoli. That meshes with a recent tweet from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, who reported that the market for Napoli has “intensified,” though Morosi..." December 29

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Ex-Rangers pitcher John Barfield dies in Arkansas shooting

    Arkansas Online "If the baseball team was a band, pitcher John Barfield was the lead singer. It's how high school teammate Kirk Bock remembers Barfield, the left-handed pitcher who helped lead the Pine Bluff Zebras to a 1983 state championship. Barfield went on to pitch for the Texas Rangers and spend more than..." December 26

  • 'Good chance' Rangers sign Josh Hamilton to minor-league deal

    Sports Day "The Texas Rangers remain interested in free agent Josh Hamilton after the club's medical staff evaluated him this week. General manager Jon Daniels on Friday acknowledged the visit with Hamilton in Houston, where he is rehabilitating from reconstructive surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament..." December 24

  • Rangers boast 'strong possibility' of signing Mike Napoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "There’s a “strong possibility” that in the wake of Edwin Encarnacion’s three-year, $60MM agreement with the Indians, free-agent slugger Mike Napoli will land with the Rangers, reports MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan (on Twitter). While there’s no deal done between the two sides, Sullivan adds that there..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Rangers have inquired about Quintana

    ESPN "Five months after the Texas Rangers checked in with the Chicago White Sox about Jose Quintana prior to last season's trade deadline, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the teams have reopened discussions this winter. The White Sox are in full rebuild mode after dealing ace Chris Sale and..." December 21

  • Rangers decide to leave Matt Bush in bullpen

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Hard-throwing right-hander Matt Bush will work as a reliever in Texas Rangers spring training after the organization considered transitioning him to the starting rotation early in the off-season. That move is off the table for 2017, general manager Jon Daniels said, but could be revisited as..." December 20

  • Here's why the Rangers may be in on Edwin Encarnacion

    CBS Sports "The Rangers have claimed back-to-back AL West titles, so it follows that they're angling to contend in 2017. To that end, Texas already has an impressive core in place -- Adrian Beltre, Jonathan Lucroy, Yu Darvish, and Cole Hamels, among others. This offseason, they've also brought back Carlos..." December 20

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Rangers’ first-base candidates include Rua, Profar and Gallo

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Fans who attended the Cowboys Santa Toy Drive Finale on Tuesday had the opportunity to get an autograph from the Texas Rangers’ starting first baseman in 2017. Actually, a chance at two of the Rangers’ starting first basemen in 2017. A third wasn’t present. And that isn’t a reference to..." December 16

  • Rangers have discussed asking price for Encarnacion with agent

    Sports Day "Could the Rangers sign Edwin Encarnacion? The short answer is: "Yes." On Wednesday, when Jon Daniels appeared on Casey Stern's nationally broadcast Sirius/XM MLB Radio Network show, he didn't flat out say the Rangers would not sign Encarnacion or any other high-profile bat. But, he also..." December 16

  • The Rangers will try to keep three players out of the World Baseball Classic

    CBS Sports "It's an open secret that MLB teams aren't fond of seeing their core contributors participate in the World Baseball Classic, which gets underway in March. The Rangers, though, are making those objections known in specific terms. Here's the scoop from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth..." December 15

  • Rangers plan to see Josh Hamilton work out ‘soon’

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers will watch outfielder Josh Hamilton work out “soon” on his surgically repaired left knee, general manager Jon Daniels said on Wednesday, and consider signing him to a minor-league contract if all checks out. The workout will be held before Christmas. Hamilton had..." December 15

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • 9 MLB contenders that still have glaring holes on their rosters

    Fox Sports "The Winter Meetings featured a flurry of activity, but the trip to Maryland wasn’t one-stop shopping for every major-league team. Unlike holiday shoppers -- who are down a dozen shopping days until Dec. 25 – MLB teams still have about two months before spring training. Therefore, there is..." December 12

  • Braves trade Jenkins, Feigl to Rangers for Luke Jackson

    Sports Day "The Rangers, kings of the getting-on-the-plane deal at the conclusion of the winter meetings, added more pitching depth options Thursday evening by acquiring pitchers Tyrell Jenkins and Brady Feigl from Atlanta for control-challenged reliever Luke Jackson. Jenkins, 24 of Henderson , Texas, was..." December 09

  • Ian Desmond Signs With Rockies

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "Free agent outfielder Ian Desmond has reached an agreement with the Colorado Rockies, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Texas now must address the lack of power in the lineup with the departures of Desmond, Mitch Moreland (Red Sox), Carlos Beltran (Astros) and Prince Fielder (Retired)..." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Carlos Gomez agrees to deal with Rangers

    Fanrag Sports "Outfielder Carlos Gomez has agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers (pending a physical), sources tell FanRag Sports. The deal is for one year and $11.5 million. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan was first to report the deal as close. Gomez joined the Rangers in August after being let go by the Houston..." December 07

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Rumors are linking Rangers and Encarnacion

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The initial beat-writers session of the winter meetings with general manager Jon Daniels on Sunday produced word that the Texas Rangers are likely to fill their void at first base with internal options, presumably Ryan Rua, Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo. All the while, the market for Edwin..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Rangers Interested In Billy Hamilton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds are willing to listen to offers for center fielder Billy Hamilton, as ESPN’s Buster Olney reported last week, and the Rangers are among the teams eyeing him, Olney tweets. With both Ian Desmond and Carlos Gomez currently on the open market, Texas has an obvious need in the middle of..." December 05