Rangers Rumors & News

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • Yu Darvish Has Reportedly Received Five-Year Offer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yu Darvish has received “at least” one five-year offer, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Crasnick does not specify if the five-year offer is the one which he’s reportedly received from the Brewers, though Milwaukee is indeed one of the teams in the mix for Darvish, per the report. The..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Texas Rangers winning off-season by not making any major moves

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers are doing about as well this off-season as they did during the regular season, which is the best news we’ve had from this team in a while. Pitchers and catchers report to Surprize, Ariz., for MLB Spring Training on Feb. 14 and this team stinks, which is fine. Losing out..." January 22

  • Beltre Wants Ring to Add to his HOF Resume

    Inside The Seams "This week, Vladimir Guerrero could become the third native of the Dominican Republic to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, joining Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez. Chipper Jones seems a virtual lock to become the the 17th third baseman honored in Cooperstown, according to the Hall of Fame website..." January 21

  • Perez feeling bullish about availability for Rangers’ opener

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Martin Perez delivered a firm handshake with his right hand Friday night and extended his right arm to the side without a significant dip at the elbow. He was proving his point, as if his words weren’t enough. The left-hander said that he will be ready to pitch for the Texas Rangers by Opening..." January 20

  • The World Needs Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor on the Same Team in 2018

    12 Up "​We all remember the ​"punch heard around the world", when Roughned Odor gave us the best punch in baseball history on ​Jose Bautista. For those of you that have forgot or never saw this amazing fight, here it is again. ​​This punch from Odor was retaliation for the playoffs the previous..." January 18

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rangers Sign Deolis Guerra

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have struck a minors deal with righty Deolis Guerra, per a club announcement. He’ll participate on the MLB side of spring camp. Guerra, 28, becomes the latest in a succession of pitchers to sign on with the Texas organization over the winter. If he can’t earn his way onto the active..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Should the Rangers pursue Yu Darvish?

    Fanrag Sports "There have been rumors on and off that Yu Darvish would favor a return to the Texas Rangers pretty much since he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Darvish hasn’t eliminated them from his list of considered teams yet, and the relationship between the Texas front office and the pitcher is..." January 13

  • White Sox sign Miguel Gonzalez to 1-year contract

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox bolstered their starting pitching staff by signing veteran Miguel Gonzalez to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday. Gonzalez spent nearly two full seasons with the Sox before they traded him to the Rangers on Aug. 31 for minor-league infielder Ti’Quan..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Darvish still considering Rangers, but is it just wishful thinking?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "News, not particularly big news, was made Tuesday by the Texas Rangers, who avoided arbitration with outfielder Ryan Rua on a one-year deal with $870,000. They also signed catcher Mike Ohlman to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Rua is one of four..." January 10

  • Rangers ramping up pursuit of Cain

    Sports Day "The Texas Rangers are reportedly intensifying their pursuit of a marquee free agent. And no, it's not a pitcher. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has reported that the Rangers are ramping up their pursuit of free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain, the 31-year-old who spent the previous seven seasons with..." January 04

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Managers And Top Front Office Executives On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "There are quite a few notable managers and top front office executives (general managers or heads of baseball operations who have different titles) entering their last guaranteed year under contract in 2018, creating even more pressure than usual to have a good season. Thanks to Cot’s Baseball..." December 27

  • Top potential trade destinations for Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Yardbarker "It’s no secret, you guys — the Boston Red Sox need to find a legit power bat this winter. It also no secret as to the person they’re pursuing to help fill that void. No American League team hit fewer home runs (168) or had a lower ISO (.149) than Boston in 2017, and perhaps no team appears to..." December 26

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Martin Perez Undergoes Surgery For Break To Non-Throwing Elbow

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rangers left-hander Martin Perez is set to miss approximately four months after undergoing surgery for a fracture to the radial head in his right arm, the club announced. He is said to have incurred the injury at his ranch in his home country of Venezuela." December 19

  • Rangers' Cole Hamels, wife donate $9.75M mansion to charity

    Sporting News "Cole Hamels is spreading some early holiday cheer. The Rangers pitcher and his wife, Heidi, on Monday announced they will donate their $9.75 million mansion in Branson, Mo., to charity. The house will be given to Camp Barnabas, a group that "helps individuals with special needs and chronic..." December 18

  • Giants trade starter Matt Moore to the Rangers for prospects

    San Francisco Gate "In Matt Moore’s first season with the Giants, he pitched them to within an inning of a winner-take-all playoff game against the eventual World Series champs. In his second year, he statistically was the worst starter in the majors. Moore, 28, will not get a third year in San Francisco. The..." December 16

  • Rangers, Diamondbacks have discussed Greinke

    Bleacher Report "The Texas Rangers have reportedly reached out to the Arizona Diamondbacks to discuss a possible trade for starting pitcher Zack Greinke. On Tuesday, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reported the sides are talking during the MLB winter meetings in Orlando, Florida, but noted no deal is..." December 12

  • What will Rangers do with Profar this off-season?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The mid-afternoon Texas Rangers buzz Monday at the winter meetings, not too long after the Chris Martin news broke, is that the Rangers and New York Mets were discussing a swap involving everyone’s favorite trade piece, Jurickson Profar, and right-hander Matt Harvey. Profar has no starting role..." December 12

  • Rangers' Chris Martin: Inks deal with Rangers

    CBS Sports "Martin signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Rangers on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Martin will return to the majors after spending the past two seasons in Japan, where he was able to turn his career around following a pair of disappointing stints with the Rockies..." December 11

  • Rangers have some interest in Mets SP Matt Harvey

    Fanrag Sports "The Texas Rangers could have some interest in New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, sources have indicated to FanRag Sports. Infielder Jurickson Profar is one name popping up in possible connection to the Mets, and would make sense for New York, though no straight-up deal has been discussed between..." December 11

  • Rangers sign former Braves prospect Yenci Pena

    Hardball Talk "Another former Braves prospect has latched onto a new team, per Baseball America’s Ben Badler. The Rangers reportedly inked shortstop Yenci Pena to a $675,000 signing bonus, which will add to the $1.05 million Pena already received from the Braves. Pena, 17, originally signed on with Atlanta..." December 09

  • Mike Minor gets three-years, $28 million from the Rangers

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday it was reported that the Texas Rangers signed Mike Minor, late of the Kansas City Royals bullpen. Today Jeff Passan of Yahoo has the contract details: it’s a three-year, $28 million deal and Minor gets a no-trade clause covering ten teams. That’s a pretty nifty contract for a guy who..." December 06

  • Rafael Palmeiro Seeks To Defy Odds With MLB Comeback

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former MLB star Rafael Palmeiro, who left the game in disgrace after testing positive for steroids back in 2005, tells Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that he is seriously contemplating an effort to return to the majors. Of course, there are quite a few barriers for the left-handed-hitting first..." December 06

  • Rangers re-sign Tony Barnette, reportedly land reliever Mike Minor

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "As the Texas Rangers await word on if they will land Shohei Ohtani, they aren’t just sitting still. The Rangers re-signed right-handed reliever Tony Barnette on a one-year, $1.5 million contract and reportedly have inked left-handed free-agent Mike Minor. Barnette returns for a third season..." December 05

  • Cubs sign LHP Dario Alvarez to 1-year contract

    Chicago Tribune "In their relentless search for relief help, the Chicago Cubs announced the signing of free agent left-hander Dario Alvarez to a one-year contract. Alvarez, 28, posted a 2.76 ERA in 20 appearances with the Rangers in 2017. Alvarez struck out 17 but walked 14 in 16 1/3 innings due to the lack..." December 01

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Report: Rangers showing “sustained interest” in Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers signed free agent pitcher Doug Fister on Sunday afternoon, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4 million with a club option for the 2019 season. Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers are still on the hunt for pitching, showing “sustained interest” in free agents Alex Cobb and Lance..." November 27

  • Rangers agree to 1-year, $4M deal with Fister

    ESPN "Free-agent right-handed pitcher Doug Fister and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. Claimed off waivers in late May because the Boston Red Sox were in need of pitching depth, Fister helped secure his Rangers deal for..." November 26

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Rangers Acquire Ronald Herrera From Yankees

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers are set to acquire right-hander Ronald Herrera from the Yankees, reports MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (on Twitter). The two teams announced the trade shortly thereafter, revealing that lefty Reiver Sanmartin is going to the Yankees in return. Herrera was on the Yankees’ 40-man roster and..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • 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