Rangers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 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