Rangers Rumors & News

  • Phillies ink Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

    Sports Talk Philly "Just under two weeks after opting out of his minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, eight-year veteran utility infielder Trevor Plouffe signed a similar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies Monday evening, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Plouffe, 31, is slashing..." April 24

  • Rangers activate DeShields, place Tocci on DL

    MLB.com "Less than a month after requiring surgery to repair a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, Delino DeShields is back. The Rangers activated the outfielder ahead of Sunday's game against the Mariners. In a corresponding move, center fielder Carlos Tocci was placed on the 10-day disabled list..." April 22

  • Steve Delabar: Released by Rangers

    CBS Sports "Delabar was released by Texas on Friday. Delabar appeared in five games for Triple-A Round Rock in April, posting a 4.76 ERA and 1.92 WHIP. The 34-year-old has only pitched in seven big-league contests dating back to 2016, all of them coming with Cincinnati that season. " April 20

  • Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar exits vs. Rays, in concussion protocol

    ESPN "Injuries continue to plague the Texas Rangers, who have seen many players sent to the disabled list early in the season. The latest player to be bitten by the injury bug was shortstop Jurickson Profar, who exited Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning." April 17

  • Rangers Acquire Tony Sanchez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have acquired backstop Tony Sanchez from the Reds, both team announced. Cash or a player to be named later will head back in return. Once a highly-regarded prospect with the Pirates, the 29-year-old Sanchez has settled in as an upper-level depth piece. He’ll head to the Rangers’ top..." April 16

  • Colon runs out of gas in 8th to lose perfect game, no-hitter vs. Astros

    The Score "Well, it was certainly fun while it lasted. Texas Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon flirted with a perfect game and no-hitter against the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros before the dream came to a crashing halt in the eighth inning. Colon pitched a perfect game through seven..." April 16

  • Willie Calhoun: Starting season at Triple-A was “a slap in the face”

    CBS Sports "Calhoun described being placed at Triple-A Round Rock to the start the season as a "slap in the face," per Gerard Gilberto of MiLB.com reports. When the Rangers optioned Calhoun to the minors in spring training, they said it was so he could get some work in left field to improve his defense. He..." April 16

  • Rangers' Yovani Gallardo: Heads to Rangers on MiLB deal

    CBS Sports "Gallardo signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Friday. After being released twice already this season, the veteran hurler will return to Texas after spending the 2015 season with them." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • DeShields on return to Rangers' lineup: 'I'll be back sooner than four weeks'

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The original prognosis from hand specialist Dr. Thomas Diliberti and Texas Rangers medical personnel called for four to six weeks before Delino DeShields would be able to return to the lineup. "I'll be back sooner than four weeks," the center fielder said. "That's for sure." Were it entirely..." April 12

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • Elvis Andrus Elbow Injury Reportedly Diagnosed as Fracture

    Bleacher Report "Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels after he was hit by a pitch on the right arm. According to MLB.com's TR Sullivan, initial X-rays showed Andrus suffered a fractured right elbow. Andrus, 29, is coming off an excellent season after..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018

    Forbes.com "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Clayton Blackburn To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rangers right-hander Clayton Blackburn will undergo Tommy John surgery, as MLB.com’s TR Sullivan was among those to report on Twitter. The news comes after Blackburn dealt with elbow issues all spring long. Blackburn, who was acquired this time last year from the Giants, was once a highly..." April 10

  • Rangers’ Joey Gallo accidentally called Bartolo Colon ‘Big Sexy’ in middle of game

    Larry Brown Sports "Bartolo Colon’s ageless charm recently proved to be too much for one of his new teammates on the Texas Rangers. In an appearance on “The Ben and Skin Show” on 105.3 The Fan, Rangers first baseman Joey Gallo told a funny story about how he accidentally called Colon by his famous “Big Sexy”..." April 10

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Rangers exercising caution with Lincecum

    MLB.com "Tim Lincecum postponed a planned bullpen session on Sunday because of continued caution over a blister on his right middle finger. Lincecum has continued his throwing with a soft rubber ball but hasn't been off a mound since Wednesday. "Just basically treating it day by day and seeing what..." April 08

  • Stroman indifferent to Odor's antics: 'If you have a problem, I'm right there'

    Sportsnet "Typically, a first-pitch temperature of 5.6 C is going to rather easily be the most unusual thing to happen at Globe Life Park on a given night. Only twice before since the ballpark first opened in 1994 has it been colder at opening—3.3 C on April 7, 2007 versus Boston and 3.9 C on April 10, 2013..." April 08

  • Seung-hwan Oh settling in with Jays, holds no ill will towards Rangers

    Sportsnet "Seung-hwan Oh arrived at Globe Life Park on Friday with no hard feelings after an agreement during the off-season with the Texas Rangers came undone over an issue in his physical. Those issues started a chain of events that led the right-handed set-up man to sign a contract with the Toronto..." April 07

  • Padres Acquire Brett Nicholas From Rangers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres announced that they’ve acquired catcher Brett Nicholas from the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Nicholas, 29, was outrighted off the Rangers’ 40-man roster late in Spring Training and recently was further displaced by Texas’ signing of Cameron Rupp to a minor..." April 06

  • Colon's role in bullpen won't be defined

    MLB.com "Though the overwhelming majority of his Major League appearances have been starts -- 98.3 percent, to be exact -- Bartolo Colon will be a reliever until the Rangers need him back in the rotation, manager Jeff Banister said Friday. Whether he is used in a traditional long-man role or in other..." April 06

  • Adrian Beltre becomes hits leader among Latin American-born players

    ESPN "Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre became the all-time leader in hits among Latin American-born players Thursday, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Rod Carew with his 3,054th career hit. Beltre, a native of the Dominican Republic, reached the milestone with a leadoff double to left field..." April 05

  • Colon keeps spot on Texas Rangers' roster. Here's who didn't

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Bartolo Colon remained on the Texas Rangers' 25-man roster Thursday morning after the club chose to option fellow right-hander Jose Leclerc to Triple A Round Rock to make room for left-hander Martin Perez. General manager Jon Daniels said on Tuesday that he was leaning toward keep Colon active..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Will Bartolo Colon stay on Rangers' roster?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The visiting dugout at Oakland Coliseum puts the visiting manager further away from the pitchers mound than at any other MLB ballpark, but it's not like manager Jeff Banister needed a telescope Monday night as he watched Bartolo Colon. Banister was plenty close to see the best performance by a..." April 04

  • Rangers Sign Cameron Rupp

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have inked catcher Cameron Rupp to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement. He’ll head to Triple-A. It’s not surprising to see this match, which made sense on paper and was previously suggested to be of actual interest to the Texas organization. If anything, it had seemed..." April 03

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Delino DeShields to miss six weeks with broken hamate bone

    Hardball Talk "Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields has a broken hamate bone in his left hand, the Rangers announced Saturday. DeShields sustained the injury during Friday’s 5-1 win over the Astros and experienced significant swelling in his hand after the game. He underwent an MRI on Saturday and is expected to..." March 31

  • Shin-Soo Choo: ‘No question’ Rangers make playoffs this year

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Barring something falling from the sky — besides the Tuesday rains that washed out Globe Life Park — and hitting him on the head or hamstring or calf, Adrian Beltre will be on the Texas Rangers' Opening Day roster. That's a vast improvement from where he and they were a year ago. Beltre had..." March 29

  • Tim Lincecum expects to miss first month of 2018 season

    Yardbarker "Fans of the Texas Rangers hoping to see Tim Lincecum pitch will have to wait. The two-time Cy Young Award winner expects that he’ll be out for a little while. Lincecum, who was already not expected to make the Opening Day roster, now expects that he’ll miss the first month of the season. The..." March 28

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Rangers re-sign Colon to minor-league deal

    The Score "Bartolo Colon is staying in the Texas Rangers organization after all. The Rangers announced Monday that the popular 44-year-old right-hander has re-signed on a minor-league contract just two days after they released him. Colon will be assigned to Triple-A, according to Mark Feinsand of..." March 26

  • Rangers hitting instructor Howard Johnson hit in face by foul ball

    ESPN "Howard Johnson, a minor league hitting instructor for the Texas Rangers, had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after being hit in the face by a foul ball Saturday. After he received medical attention, Johnson was taken off the field on a stretcher and had a towel pressed to his face,..." March 24

  • Rangers release Bartolo Colon

    MLB.com "The Rangers released 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon on Saturday, but Texas may look to re-sign him for depth at Triple-A. In five Cactus League starts, Colon allowed nine runs (six earned) and 19 hits over 18 innings while striking out 10." March 24

  • Trevor Plouffe: Released by Rangers

    CBS Sports "Plouffe was released by Texas on Friday, The Athletic's Levi Weaver reports. Plouffe decided that he would rather get a chance to pursue other opportunities than accept a minor-league assignment and the Rangers granted his request." March 23

  • PETA slams Rangers pitcher Martin Perez in open letter, asks him to go vegan

    Sporting News "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, called out Rangers pitcher Martin Perez after he admitted to slaughtering the bull that caused him to fall and break his elbow in December. In a released titled "Perez slammed for vengeful killing of bull," PETA asked Martin to..." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • MLB Rumors: Rangers' Cole Hamels back to Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here come the Phillies. With Jake Arrieta in tow, a team that hasn't posted a winning record since 2011 has a real chance to coalesce into a contender quickly. If that happens in 2018, don't be surprised if a front office led by general manager Matt Klentak attempts to add for a push at a..." March 21

  • Rangers' Perez on bull that caused fall: 'I killed him and I ate him'

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Talk about taking the bull by the horns. Left-hander Martin Perez said on Sunday that the bull that charged him in December and caused him to break his right elbow was slaughtered shortly after the accident for beef. And, it seems, revenge. It's what's for dinner. "I killed him and I ate..." March 20

  • Mariners To Sign Erik Goeddel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a contract with right-hander Erik Goeddel, MLBTR has learned. Terms of the agreement are not known at this time. Goeddel was cut loose by the Rangers just yesterday after spending the bulk of camp with the Texas organization. He struck out six and walked two batters..." March 20

  • Milton Bradley Charged with Battery, Allegedly Beat Up Wife

    TMZ "Milton Bradley's in trouble with the law -- charged with battery -- for allegedly beating up a woman he's married to once again ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... cops were called to Bradley's L.A. home back in January. When they arrived, his wife told them Bradley roughed her..." March 20

  • Rangers Claim Tommy Joseph

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies, according to an announcement from Texas. In a corresponding move, the Rangers placed right-hander Clayton Blackburn on the 60-day disabled list with a strained pitching elbow. Joseph, whom Philadelphia designated..." March 19

  • Rangers Release Darwin Barney, Erik Goeddel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have granted the releases of both infielder Darwin Barney and righty Erik Goeddel, the club announced today. Both will return to the open market in search of a better opportunity with another organization. Barney, 32, was left without much of a path to the Rangers roster when the..." March 19

  • Rangers prospect Cole Ragans will undergo Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Rangers left-handed pitching prospect Cole Ragans is set to undergo Tommy John surgery later this week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sunday. Ragans experienced elbow discomfort during his minor league start last week and was later diagnosed with a torn UCL. He won’t take..." March 18

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