Rangers Rumors & News

  • Rangers have interest in Alex Cobb

    Real GM Baseball "The Texas Rangers are looking to add pitching this offseason and remain interested Alex Cobb. "The Rangers saw enough value in Cobb last off-season that they were linked to him via a trade with Tampa Bay, despite facing his first full season after Tommy John surgery. After a successful season,..." November 19

  • Rangers planning to offer contract extension to Daniels

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Jon Daniels said last month that he wasn’t worried about entering the final year of his contract as Texas Rangers general manager. He must have known something and chosen to keep it to himself. Sources said that Daniels “isn’t going anywhere” and suggested that a multi-year extension has been..." November 16

  • Yankees Reportedly Interested In Jurickson Profar

    MLB Trade Rumors "10:57am: Most teams have at least checked in on Profar’s availability, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (on Twitter). Grant, however, adds that he finds it likelier that Profar would be part of a larger deal than this and/or that the Rangers would wait until deeper into the offseason to..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Rangers GM Jon Daniels: “We’re not necessarily looking to move Jurickson [Profar].”

    Hardball Talk "Once again, the Rangers will head into a new season with an uncertain future with infielder Jurickson Profar. The 24-year-old, a former top prospect, is now out of options and must either be included on the Rangers’ 25-man roster or be exposed to outright waivers, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan and Jamal..." November 15

  • Rangers Acquire Hunter Cole To Complete Sam Dyson Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have acquired minor-leaguer Hunter Cole from the Giants, per a club announcement. Cole becomes the player to be named later from the deal that sent reliever Sam Dyson to San Francisco over the summer. Cole, 25, has topped out at the Double-A level thus far in his career. Indeed, he..." November 15

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Rangers Can Pay Most For Shohei Otani At $3.535 Million

    CBSChicago.com "Texas, the New York Yankees and Minnesota can pay the most to a young international amateur free agent as highly touted pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani prepares to enter the market, and Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterpart have agreed to the outlines of a deal to keep the old posting..." November 08

  • Rangers name Colby Lewis as special assistant to GM

    Fanrag Sports "The Texas Rangers have named former big league pitcher Colby Lewis as a special assistant to the general manager in a flurry of organizational changes, according to executive vice president of communications John Blake. In addition to bringing Lewis aboard, the Rangers have named former Seattle..." November 06

  • Rangers Exercise Option On Perez, Decline Options On Barnette, Napoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced that they’ve exercised their $6MM club option on left-hander Martin Perez. The 2018 options of Tony Barnette ($4MM) and Mike Napoli ($11MM) have been declined. Barnette will receive a $250K buyout, while Napoli receives a $2.5MM buyout. Beyond the option decisions, the..." November 06

  • Rangers say qualifying offer too much for Cashner

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers declined to extend a qualifying offer to right-hander Andrew Cashner, meaning the Rangers will not receive draft-pick compensation if he signs with another club as a free agent. The one-year qualifying offer this year is worth $17.4 million, a figure the Rangers weren’t..." November 06

  • Five pitchers Rangers could target in free agency

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The following will come as a shock to no one: A team that has three vacancies in its starting rotation and no veterans in its bullpen is planning to concentrate its off-season efforts on pitching. The Texas Rangers, the pitching-starved team in question, will look at some positions players as..." November 05

  • Rangers To Hire Don Wakamatsu As Bench Coach

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers are slated to hire Don Wakamatsu to become their bench coach, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). He’ll join a reshuffled staff under manager Jeff Banister, who is looking to bounce back from his first losing season since taking over the Rangers dugout in..." November 02

  • Report | Rangers won’t exercise option on Mike Napoli

    Fanrag Sports "The Texas Rangers won’t be exercising the team’s 2018 club option on veteran first baseman Mike Napoli, according to MLB.com’s TR Sullivan. However, the Rangers will be picking up the team’s 2018 club option on left-handed pitcher Martin Perez while a decision regarding the future of right-hander..." November 02

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Matt Bush had shoulder surgery

    Hardball Talk "Rangers reliever Matt Bush has undergone an “arthroscopic acromioclavicular joint resection.” That’s shoulder surgery to you and me. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrews, to whom Bush paid a visit. As one does to Dr. Andrews. Bush is expected to be ready for spring training. After returning..." October 25

  • Yu Darvish: Stop criticizing Rangers pitching coaches

    Dallas Morning News "In a few hours, Yu Darvish will attempt to put the Los Angeles Dodgers closer to the World Series than they've been in 29 years. But first, an explanation. After stories suggesting the Dodgers overhauled his pitching style led the social media world to wonder if the Rangers pitching coaches..." October 18

  • Rangers Reportedly Inform Mike Napoli His Option Will Be Declined

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have informed first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli that his $11MM club option for the 2018 season will not be exercised, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets. He’ll instead take home a $2.5MM buyout, bringing his total earnings in his third stint with the Rangers to..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Rangers Release Prince Fielder

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced that they have released first baseman Prince Fielder. With the move, the club will be able to utilize a 40-man roster spot that had previously been tied up owing to financial considerations. Fielder had previously announced that he would no longer play after undergoing..." October 04

  • Texas Rangers exercise contract option on Jeff Banister for 2019

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers may have finished with a losing record, but manager Jeff Banister still earned a little more security Wednesday. The Rangers announced that they will pick up the option on Banister's contract for 2019. The move was expected. No team likes to go into a season with a manager in the..." October 04

  • Rangers Could Target Pitching in Free Agency

    MLB.com "There isn't going to be any massive rebuilding or youth movement in Arlington this offseason. The Rangers aren't about to tear this apart and start over after just one losing season. This is going to be business as usual for the Rangers this winter. Once they have taken care of the usual..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Breaking down the Rangers' chances of adding Japanese star Shohei Otani

    Dallas Morning News "What chance do you give the Rangers of landing Shohei Otani? Grant: If it comes down to the dollars available and a college-recruiting like pitch, I make the Rangers the favorite. It's going to cost less than $30 million to sign Otani with the biggest variance being in what teams have available..." October 02

  • Jason Grilli Not Planning To Retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "It’s been a rough season for Jason Grilli, but the 40-year-old veteran reliever tells MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan that he has no intention of retiring and hopes to pitch again in 2018 (Twitter link). Grilli opened the season in the Blue Jays’ bullpen following a very solid 2016 run in Toronto..." September 29

  • Disappointing season leaves Rangers in danger of being stuck in the middle in 2018

    CBS Sports "For the first time since 2014, the Texas Rangers failed to qualify for the postseason this year. The club has already clinched a losing season, only their second since 2008, and they'll be watching the playoffs from home after back-to-back AL West titles in 2015 and 2016. What went wrong for..." September 29

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Rangers picking up Perez's option for 2018

    MLB.com "The Rangers have informed pitcher Martin Perez they intend to pick up his $6 million option for next season. That's hardly a surprise, considering the Rangers' great need for pitching. But it does give Perez peace of mind going into the offseason. "I want to be here next year, I want to be..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Cashner, eagerly awaiting free agency, expects to hear from Rangers

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Andrew Cashner has two more chances this season to establish a career-high in victories (11), but the big stat for him is how many times his team wins when he starts. The Rangers have won half of Cashner’s 26 starts in a season in which he gambled on a one-year deal so that he could hit free..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Here's what the Rangers' new ballpark will look like inside and out

    CBS Sports "Although Globe Life Park in Arlington isn't even 25 years old, the Rangers have plans to move into a new state-of-the-art baseball-only facility. It's going to be called Globe Life Field, and the groundbreaking is set for next week. So what will an estimated cost of more than $1 billion get..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Rangers release Tyson Ross

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers announced that they’ve released right-hander Tyson Ross in order to make room on the roster for Willie Calhoun who, as we noted earlier, was called up today. Ross only pitched in 12 games — 10 starts — this year for Texas, posting an ugly 7.71 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 36/37 in 49..." September 12

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Rangers To Promote Willie Calhoun

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have given notice to prospect Willie Calhoun that he will be called up, as his brother and girlfriend announced on Twitter and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News confirms in a tweet. Calhoun came to Texas as the headliner in the deadline blockbuster that sent ace Yu Darvish to the..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Rangers' Gomez helped off field with ankle injury

    Bleacher Report "Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez left Saturday's game against the New York Yankees after rolling his right ankle while attempting to run out of the batter's box, according to the team's executive vice president of communications, John Blake, who added that Gomez is undergoing further..." September 09

  • Adrian Beltre expected to miss minimum of four weeks with Grade 2 hamstring strain

    Sports Day "Adrian Beltre is expected to miss four weeks of action after MRI results revealed a Grad 2 strain in his left hamstring, Rangers officials announced Friday. That timetable could put an end to Beltre's regular season if it holds." September 01