Rangers Rumors & News

  • What happens to Odor, Andrus if Profar's shoulder holds together?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The annual spring training picture day was held Wednesday at Texas Rangers camp, and players were up early smiling for the camera with temperatures in the 30s. (No complaining about the weather here after hearing what is transpiring weather-wise back home. Be safe, everyone.) It's a fun day,..." February 22

  • Rangers Acquire International Slot Money From Reds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have officially picked up $350K in international slot money from the Reds, as Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer first reported on Twitter. Righty Miguel Medrano is heading to the Reds in return. This move will further pad the Rangers’ international purse for the current..." February 21

  • Rangers sign Jesse Chavez

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers have signed pitcher Jesse Chavez. He’ll earn a $1 million base salary that will increase to $1.5 million if he’s added to the active roster, Heyman notes. The right-hander can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives as a reliever and $1..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Gallo ready to be anchored at first base

    MLB.com "The Rangers' third baseman of the future is now their first baseman of the present, and Joey Gallo loves the idea. "That's great," Gallo said. "I like first base a lot. I think I can help the team defensively and our infield a lot. First base is a fun position for me." Gallo's days of..." February 20

  • Beltre would defer salary to help Rangers add players; wants Martinez

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Adrian Beltre said believes that the Texas Rangers' roster is good enough to compete in 2018, but the third baseman said on his first day of spring training that he would like to see general manager Jon Daniels continue to add to the roster. "There are still a lot of free agents out there,"..." February 19

  • Rangers will not sign reliever Seung Hwan Oh; could Tim Lincecum be on tap?

    Sports Day "The Rangers are back to looking for a closer. The club broke off negotiations with Korean pitcher Seung Hwan Oh Saturday, a source said. The club had agreed to a one-year contract with the reliever, pending a physical, more than a week ago. But, according to a source, there were disconcerting..." February 17

  • Rangers sign Edinson Volquez to minor league deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a minor league contract accompanied by an invitation to major league spring training, the team formally announced on Friday. The newly inked pact will be for both the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. The..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Orioles sign Andrew Cashner, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "Teams looking for starting pitching depth have one less option on Thursday, with word that the Baltimore Orioles are signing former Texas Rangers right-hander Andrew Cashner. Cashner was part of the 2018 free agent class which saw little movement during the offseason. But things have been..." February 15

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • Report: Trevor Plouffe, Rangers Agree to Minor League Contract

    Bleacher Report "Trevor Plouffe is on the move once again after signing a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. After spending his first seven years in Minnesota, the third baseman split time between the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays last season but ended up..." February 12

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Source: Rangers 'not even close' on Darvish

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yu Darvish is going to the Chicago Cubs, a source confirmed, with a six-year deal worth at least $126 million after his No. 1 landing spot failed to make a competitive offer. The same source said that the Texas Rangers, the team that brought Darvish from Japan in 2012 and traded him away July..." February 12

  • An unsettling possibility accompanies Rangers to spring training

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The countdown to report day for Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers has reached one hand — Mordecai "Three-Fingers" Brown's right hand, at that. Wednesday is the big day, the one fans yearn for as soon as their team's season ends. Pitchers and catchers will have their first workout Thursday,..." February 12

  • Daniels won't rule out major free-agent grab

    MLB.com "The Rangers are less than a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, but the subject of potential free-agent signings remains a foremost topic of conversation. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was asked about it on Friday during a conference call normally held this..." February 10

  • Report: Blue Jays ‘showing continued interest’ in Andrew Cashner

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are “showing continued interest” in starting pitcher Andrew Cashner, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Cashner is among a number of starters the Blue Jays are considering, says Morosi, and Toronto is looking to sign a veteran to a one-year contract." February 09

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • Yankees trade for NFL star Russell Wilson

    New York Post "The Yankees now have their very own Tim Tebow. The Yankees acquired Russell Wilson, a quarterback who will never play in the major leagues, from the Rangers on Wednesday for future considerations. The 29-year-old Seahawks’ signal-caller is expected to make an appearance at the Yankees’ spring..." February 07

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • Rangers To Sign Seung-hwan Oh

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have struck a deal with free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). Terms of the pact, which won’t be finalized until Oh passes a physical, are not yet known. This makes for an interesting match given the open questions at the back of..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Rangers sign former Blue Jays infielder Darwin Barney

    Sportsnet "The Texas Rangers have signed infielder Darwin Barney to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training. Barney was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays late in the 2015 season, and spent the past two full years with the team in a utility role." February 05

  • Bartolo Colon agrees to minor league contract with Rangers, will contend for rotation spot

    Sports Day "The Rangers saved their biggest pitching signing of the winter for Super Bowl Sunday. Or more appropriately: They signed their biggest pitcher. Big Bartolo Colon, king of the pitching GIF, and the Rangers have been engaged in significant talks on a minor league contract the club announced..." February 04

  • Rangers in talks with Colon on minor-league deal

    Sports Day "The Rangers are working on a big pitching signing. Or, perhaps, more appropriately: Working on signing a big pitcher. Big Bartolo Colon, king of the pitching GIF, and the Rangers have been engaged in significant talks on a minor league contract, a source confirmed after MLB.com's Jesse..." February 03

  • Rangers unlikely to sign a top-end pitcher, GM says

    MLB.com "While the Rangers are keeping in touch with free agent Yu Darvish, they don't appear to be the favorites to sign him. In fact, it's probable that Darvish will land with another suitor, such as the Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees, Brewers or Twins. In a Friday interview with MLB Network Radio on..." February 03

  • Elvis Andrus doesn’t want to opt out of his contract in 2019

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The equipment truck carrying the baseball belongings of the Texas Rangers headed west early Friday afternoon for spring training. The Rangers, apparently, plan on playing the 2018 season despite the dreary forecasts of their chances in the American League West. That’s outside noise, according..." February 03

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Rangers add to pitching depth with ex-Mets starter Niese

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers continued to add to their stockpile of low-risk, low-cost options for 2018 on Tuesday by signing free-agent left-hander Jon Niese to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Niese is the 22nd non-roster invitee to Rangers camp, which opens Feb. 15 in..." January 30

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • 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