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  • Can Brett Martin make the Opening Day roster?

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers Opening Day roster still has a few unsettled positions, a couple of which are in the bullpen. The Rangers went into spring training with no real front runner among the candidates for the lefthanded relief role, with Jeffrey Springs, C.D. Pelham, Brady..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Joey Gallo has mild groin strain, status for season opener is uncertain

    Sports Day "This may be the camp of good feelings, but the period of everybody feeling good is officially over for the Rangers. Joey Gallo has a groin strain. The Rangers confirmed Sunday that Gallo, out of the lineup for a third consecutive day, suffered a "mild" groin strain..." March 17

  • Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson works out at Texas Rangers spring training camp

    CBS Sports "Kyler Murray has been the most scrutinized two-sport star over the last few months, one who decided not to participate in the Oakland A's spring training camp. But there's another high-profile, two-sport quarterback moonlighting in MLB this spring. Michigan quarterback Shea..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Yu Darvish can’t wait to hit ex-Rangers teammates with pitch

    Larry Brown Sports "Yu Darvish is looking forward to the Chicago Cubs’ first series of the season, but not for the reason you’d expect. Darvish joked after throwing a simulated game on Friday that he wants to hit a few of his ex-Texas Rangers teammates with a pitch. He mentioned Joey Gallo..." March 09

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • Sources: Rangers agree to contract extension with closer Jose Leclerc

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers are making Jose Leclerc part of their long-term future. According to two sources, the club has agreed on a contract extension with the emerging closer on a long-term deal. The terms of the deal:

    March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Rangers acquire speedy center fielder in deal with Minnesota

    Sports Day "The Texas Rangers on Sunday acquired Zack Granite, a good-speed, no-power center fielder from Minnesota for minor-league right-hander Xavier Moore and considerations. Granite, 26, had been designated for assignment earlier in the week. Granite has been graded as having..." March 03

  • Rangers' Luke Farrell Fractures Jaw After Being Hit in Face by Line Drive

    Bleacher Report "Texas Rangers pitcher Luke Farrell was removed from Saturday's spring training game against the San Francisco Giants after being hit in the face by a line drive. Per ESPN.com, Farrell had an X-ray that revealed a non-displaced fracture in his jaw and was later released from the..." March 03

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • ‘Oh my god!’ What prompted Woodward to say that after watching Volquez pitch for Rangers?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The first pitch Edinson Volquez threw Wednesday, in his first meaningful game against a real major-league batter since August of 2017, registered 95 mph on the Surprise Stadium radar gun. The next one came in at 96. “Oh my god,” Texas..." February 28

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Rangers send Choo to Dallas for anti-inflammatory injection in left shoulder

    Dallas Morning News "Designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo left the Texas Rangers' spring-training camp on Tuesday morning and returned to Dallas for an injection to counter inflammation in the left shoulder. Choo had been dealing with the soreness for several days. " February 26

  • Rangers Sign Logan Forsythe To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced that they’ve signed veteran infielder Logan Forsythe to a minor league contract. The PSI Sports client will be in Major League camp and compete for a roster spot moving forward. Forsythe, 32, split a disappointing 2018 season between the Dodgers..." February 26

  • Rangers Acquire International Bonus Money From Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have acquired international slot bonus money from the Orioles in exchange for minor league righty David Lebron, as per an announcement from the Orioles. " February 24

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Rangers, Revere agree to minor-league deal

    The Score "The Texas Rangers have reportedly agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Ben Revere, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal includes an invitation to major-league spring training camp. " February 17

  • Rangers invite Adam Moore to spring training

    Tyler Morning Telegraph "Adam Moore, the Mineola native who has played for five major league teams, has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, friends and family told the Tyler Morning Telegraph. On Thursday, the Rangers agreed to a deal with Moore, a catcher and former star at UT Arlington..." February 16

  • Here’s the early plan Rangers have created for rotation trio returning from Tommy John

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Thursday was considered a success by Texas Rangers pitching coach Julio Rangel because the pitchers who were scheduled to throw their first bullpen sessions of spring training did so before rains soaked the Surprise Recreation Campus. Half of the 40 pitchers threw, chief among them..." February 15

  • Doug Fister set to retire, agent announces

    Sporting News "Doug Fister is moving on from baseball. The 10-year veteran is retiring, his agent told MLB.com Wednesday. "He's been contemplating this for a couple months," Fister's agent, Page Odle, said. "The main reason is that he wants to start a new..." February 14

  • Agent: Fister retiring, ready for next chapter

    MLB.com "Doug Fister, a reliable right-hander for the Tigers' dominant rotations in the early years of this decade, has decided to retire from his Major League pitching career, his agent, Page Odle, told MLB.com on Wednesday. Fister, who turned 35 this month, received multiple Major League..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Texas Rangers sign two-time World Series champion outfielder Hunter Pence to minor league contract

    Dallas Morning News "Hunter Pence has played high school and college baseball in Arlington. He now has a shot at playing professional baseball there too. The Texas Rangers have signed the outfielder to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. The 12-year veteran has spent the last..." February 07

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Rangers to retire Adrián Beltré’s No. 29 on June 8

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers have officially set a date to retire third baseman Adrián Beltré’s No. 29: June 8 at home against the Athletics. The ceremony will begin at 7:35 PM and the game will begin at 8:05 PM, per Rangers executive VP of communications John..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • Rangers bring back reliever Ricardo Rodriguez

    Dallas Morning News "The Texas Rangers have re-signed talented but oft-injured right-handed reliever Ricardo Rodriguez to a minor-league deal. Rodriguez became a free agent on Nov. 30 when the Rangers declined to tender him a major-league contract for 2019. It is not known if his new deal includes an..." February 05

  • Rangers To Sign David Carpenter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have agreed to a contract with right-handed reliever David Carpenter, Driveline Baseball’s Kyle Boddy announced on Twitter. Details of the contract are unknown at this time, but it seems fair to assume it’s a minor-league arrangement. There was a time when we..." February 04

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • The Rangers should change their name

    Lone Star Ball "I fully expect the Rangers to be sold within the next ten years. The franchise’s current development path mimics that which would indicate a sale is coming sooner rather than later. Brand new stadium payed for with public money? Check. Stripping down of the payroll in..." February 04

  • Why isn’t Gallo playing third for Rangers? Allow the outfielder to explain

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Throughout the off-season, no matter who had just retired or who had just been traded, the Texas Rangers were clear about third base: Joey Gallo wasn’t going to play there. General manager Jon Daniels repeated that refrain after Adrian Beltre retired and..." February 04

  • Rangers sign potential two-way player Matt Davidson

    Yahoo! Sports "The Texas Rangers have signed Matt Davidson — a first and third baseman who could, possibly, see time as a relief pitcher as well — to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Davidson pitched three innings in three appearances in 2018, and he was..." February 01