Rangers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • White Sox trade pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to Rangers for minor leaguer

    Chicago Tribune "Rick Hahn had one more coveted asset on the White Sox roster and the general manager unloaded it just prior to the Thursday's waiver trade deadline when he dealt Miguel Gonzalez to the Rangers for minor-league infielder Ti’Quan Forbes. The 21-year-old Forbes appeared in 130 games between..." September 01

  • Montreal officials reached out to host Astros-Rangers series

    Sportsnet "Montreal officials reportedly reached out to Major League Baseball, offering to host the Houston Astros for their series against the Texas Rangers this past week, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. The series was eventually moved to Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field due to flooding in Houston caused..." August 31

  • It's only baseball: Backlash over Rangers/Astros flap is totally misguided

    USA Today "The rain won’t stop, people are dying in Houston, and thousands more are missing in one of the largest natural disasters America has ever faced. And we’re supposed to be worried about baseball? We are actually engaging in a petty feud on whether the Texas Rangers should have agreed to..." August 29

  • Rangers GM defends decision after Hurricane Harvey-related relocation controversy

    CBS Sports "Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophic flooding that resulted from it has devastated the Houston area. As a result, the Astros are unable to host the Rangers starting Tuesday as scheduled. Instead, the two teams will play their three-game series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. That..." August 29

  • Astros to play Rangers, Mets at Tropicana Field

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball is reportedly relocating the upcoming Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros series to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida amid the devastating flooding in the region. The Associated Press reported the decision, adding the Astros will also play their series with the New..." August 28

  • Rangers acquire Paolo Espino from Brewers

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers acquired right-handed reliever Paolo Espino from the Brewers for cash considerations, the teams announced Saturday. Espino was designated for assignment on Wednesday to clear space on the 40-man roster for Triple-A right-hander Aaron Brooks. Espino will assume fellow right-hander..." August 27

  • Astros, Rangers to travel to Dallas instead of Houston

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will fly from the West Coast to Dallas-Fort Worth on Sunday night rather than fly to Houston ahead of their three-game series Tuesday-Thursday, which seems increasingly like to be postponed. “Obviously the primary concern at this time is the welfare and..." August 27

  • Rangers get their Player to be Named Later from the Jonathan Lucroy trade

    Hardball Talk "The Rockies acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers at the trade deadline. The return: a Player to be Named Later. He was named yesterday: it’s minor league outfielder Pedro Gonzalez. Gonzalez is not a bad Player to be Named. He’s 19 and, before the season, he was ranked as the..." August 24

  • Rangers' Gallo, Bush in concussion protocol after violent collision

    Sports Day "The Rangers could open a series at the Los Angeles Angels without slugger Joey Gallo and reliever Matt Bush. They came out of the game on Sunday after a hard collision while chasing a pop-up in the infield during the eighth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park. The..." August 21

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Rangers to give away mini on-deck circles in honor of Beltre

    Sports Day "It is the on-deck circle that will live in infamy. And now, as part of Adrian Beltre celebration weekend, you can own your own miniature version. The Rangers will officially honor Beltre for becoming the newest member of the 3,000-hit club on Sept. 8 before the game with the New York..." August 11

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • Umpire Joe West reportedly suspended three games for Adrian Beltre comments

    CBS Sports "Umpire Joe West has worked more than 5,000 games during his lengthy career. Yet West was not on duty Tuesday night. It wasn't because West had the night off but because he was serving the first of a three-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. The suspension follows derogatory..." August 09

  • Rangers sell Ernesto Frieri to Mariners for $1

    Bleacher Report "The Seattle Mariners didn't exactly break the bank Tuesday when they acquired right-handed pitcher Ernesto Frieri. According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), the Texas Rangers sold him to their American League West rivals for $1. Texas previously signed him as a minor league free agent..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Joey Gallo has been hitting some tape measure home runs lately

    Hardball Talk "Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo hit his 30th home run of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Twins, a two-run home run off of Jose Berrios that contributed to a five-run first inning. Gallo now has five home runs in August and it’s the sixth day of the month. Sunday’s blast went really,..." August 06

  • Adrian Beltre is bound for Hall of Fame, even if some won't accept his PED-free receipts

    USA Today "Baseball’s steroid era has largely come and gone, but it continues to nag at our conscience. We’re supposed to be celebrating Adrian Beltre’s 3,000th hit in Texas, but a day later, are listening to a national radio host casting doubt on the feat's authenticity. We’re in Cooperstown, N.Y.,..." August 03

  • Rangers' Beltre not interested in rebuilding

    ESPN "On Sunday, Adrian Beltre joined an exclusive club by collecting his 3,000th major league hit. Some 24 hours later, Beltre watched the Texas Rangers trade away right-hander Yu Darvish, a telling sign for a team on the outside of the wild-card chase. Speaking Tuesday, Beltre acknowledged his..." August 02

  • Doug Gottlieb's 'questioning' whether Adrian Beltre is on steroids sparks media Twitter brawl

    Sporting News "Doug Gottlieb wonders whether Adrian Beltre is on steroids. He's just wondering, mind you. Other national media figures aren't going to let the Fox Sports Radio host skate on that. At the heart of Gottlieb's suspicion is Beltre's late-career production, which included career hit No. 3,000..." August 02