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  • Rangers Claim Jack Reinheimer; Outright Eddie Butler, Ronald Herrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced Tuesday that they’ve claimed infielder Jack Reinheimer off waivers from the Cubs and also outrighted Eddie Butler and Ronald Herrera to Triple-A Nashville after the pair of righties cleared waivers. Reinheimer, 26, has just 40..." November 20

  • Jeff Mathis deal with Rangers 2 years, $6.25 million, per reports

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers deal with catcher Jeff Mathis is two years, $6.25 million, per the National guys on Twitter. Mathis is reportedly getting $3.25 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020. At that price, with Mathis likely slated for backup duty,..." November 20

  • Adrian Beltre Announces Retirement from MLB After 21-Year Career

    Bleacher Report "Third baseman Adrian Beltre is calling it a career after 21 memorable seasons in Major League Baseball.  The Texas Rangers tweeted the following statement from Beltre regarding his decision to hang up the cleats: November 20

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical. Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and..." November 16

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Rangers searching for new pitching coach after telling Brocail he won’t return

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers made a move Monday that many expected was coming, dismissing pitching coach Doug Brocail after three seasons. Sources said that Brocail was told that the Rangers are heading in a different direction under new manager Chris Woodward. After winning the..." November 13

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • How Hamels’ instant turnaround with Cubs helped push Rangers to reassess their analytics

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The past two July 31 trading periods saw the Texas Rangers trade two pitchers who at one time or another in their careers have been considered among the best in the game. Yu Darvish, traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017, and Cole Hamels, traded to the Chicago Cubs in..." November 09

  • Rangers add major-league experience, organizational depth at catcher

    Dallas Morning News "The Texas Rangers have added catching depth by signing major-league veteran Jett Bandy to a minor-league deal. Bandy, 28, has appeared in 156 major-league games with the Los Angeles Angels and Milwaukee. He has some power, with a .365 career slugging percentage, and has thrown out 31..." November 07

  • Don Wakamatsu is returning, per report

    Lone Star Ball "Don Wakamatsu will be part of the Texas Rangers 2019 coaching staff, according to T.R. Sullivan on Twitter. While Sullivan doesn’t identify the role Wakamatsu will have, it stands to reason that, as a former major league manager who was the team’s bench coach in 2018..." November 07

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Report: Bartolo Colon plans to return for 22nd season

    The Score ""Big Sexy" isn't ready to call it quits just yet. Bartolo Colon, the beloved 45-year-old right-hander and baseball's oldest active player, is reportedly planning on coming back in 2019 to pitch in his 22nd major-league season, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred..." November 05

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Rangers have pitching holes to fill for 2019. This week could be the when the work begins

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "MLB’s general managers are convening on Carlsbad, Calif., this week for their annual meetings, which have the reputation of being the site where the off-season business of baseball begins. A bunch of executives getting together, maybe knocking down a few cocktails after the..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Texas Rangers have named Chris Woodward their next manager

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers may have missed out on Clayton Kershaw, but they’ve finally picked a new manager from a long list of candidates. The Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson confirmed that Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward will be named Texas’ new manager. Bob..." November 03

  • Rangers Decline Club Options Over Chirinos, Fister, Moore, Perez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have declined club options over catcher Robinson Chirinos and pitchers Doug Fister, Matt Moore, and Martin Perez. That’s a surprising move on the veteran backstop, though all three hurlers seemed destined to be sent onto the open market. " November 02

  • Cubs To Exercise Cole Hamels’ Option, Trade Drew Smyly To Rangers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs will exercise their $20MM club option on left-hander Cole Hamels today and also trade fellow left-hander Drew Smyly to the Rangers today, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Late last night, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that a..." November 02

  • Adrian Beltre still unsure if he will retire

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Beltre is still undecided about his playing future, according to a report. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Thursday night that Beltre is still deliberating about his future. He adds that multiple teams would have interest in Beltre if he decides to play in 2019. " November 02

  • Elvis Andrus Will Not Exercise Opt-Out Clause

    MLB Trade Rumors "Elvis Andrus is forgoing the first of two opt-out clauses in his eight-year contract with the Rangers, tweets Fancred’s Jon Heyman. Andrus has four years and $58MM remaining on his contract and will earn $15MM in 2019 before again being having the opportunity to opt out of..." October 29

  • Rangers to interview Stubby Clapp for manager

    TSN "The Texas Rangers will give an in-person interview to Windsor, Ont.'s Richard "Stubby" Clapp for their managerial vacancy, reports Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman. October 26

  • No deadline on new Rangers manager. ‘It is more important to get it right,’ Daniels says

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The first day of the Texas Rangers’ annual after-season pro-scouting meetings Monday produced a clearer picture of where the club stands in its search for its next full-time manager. That picture isn’t clear at all, other than there is no end in sight. General..." October 23

  • Why the Rangers are unlikely to extend Adrian Beltre a qualifying offer as free agency nears

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers are unlikely to extend Adrian Beltre a qualifying offer in free agency in an effort to allow him maximum freedom in making his decision about 2019. General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that he had spoken with Beltre in the last week, but it was not in an effort to get..." October 23

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • Joe Girardi Withdraws From Rangers’ Managerial Search

    MLB Trade Rumors "Joe Girardi has withdrawn from the Rangers’ managerial search, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports. Girardi previously exited the derby to become the Reds’ next manager, which helped lead to David Bell’s hiring on Sunday. " October 21

  • MLB could see $1B revenue increase from legalized sports gambling

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball might not be too excited by the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that overturned a nation-wide ban on sports gambling. But as states take it upon themselves to open up sportsbooks in the wake of said ruling, America’s pastime could soon see an..." October 18

  • Rangers To Hire Shiraz Rehman As Assistant GM

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have struck a deal to hire Shiraz Rehman to an assistant general manager post. The Cubs Insider blog reported the news late last night; Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears the same (Twitter link). Rehman had been with the Cubs for seven seasons, the last five..." October 16

  • Cubs Name Anthony Iapoce Hitting Coach

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Put another coaching search on the Texas Rangers’ to-do list. Hitting coach Anthony Iapoce has informed the club that he is leaving for the same post with the Chicago Cubs, a source said on Monday. The news was later confirmed by the Rangers in a news release. The..." October 15

  • Washington isn’t a candidate to return to Rangers as manager. But what about as a coach?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers might or might not be resuming interviews for their managerial vacancy Monday. General manager Jon Daniels goes into stealth mode during times like this, just as he does at the winter meetings and the trade deadline. He believes that gives him the best chance to be..." October 15

  • Texas Rangers reportedly interviewing former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi

    CBS Sports "Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is interviewing for the Texas Rangers managerial job, according to Evan Grant of SportsDay Dallas. This comes after the Rangers reportedly interviewed assistant general manager Jayce Tingler, Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Houston..." October 12

  • Sources: Rangers have done significant due diligence on at least 7 managerial candidates

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers have yet to finalize their list of interviews for their vacant managerial spot, but have done significant due diligence on at least five external candidates, two sources confirmed Wednesday. The Rangers are also giving strong consideration to internal candidates Don..." October 11

  • Rangers reach deal with Spokane, affiliates in order for next two years

    Dallas Morning News "The Texas Rangers set the alignment for the minor league affiliates for the next two years on Monday by reaching a deal to stay with Spokane, of the Short-season A Northwest League. It is a two-year agreement. The Rangers have had a club in Spokane since 2003, " October 02

  • Believe it or not, here's why Joey Gallo should be considered the Rangers' most valuable player this season

    Dallas Morning News "The Most Valuable Ranger: Joey Gallo At the All-Star break, this seemed unthinkable. Shin-Soo Choo was at the tail end of a 52-game on-base streak and was clearly the club's best player. But he has faded badly in the second half while Gallo has..." September 30

  • While the Rangers rebuild their starting rotation from scratch, here are 6 names they could consider

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers will have to pursue dual paths while reconstructing a starting rotation almost from scratch. They need both long-term solutions and potentially tradeable commodities. Here’s a look at some names who might be on the market this winter: Clayton..." September 30

  • Goal is for Beltre to play final three games. After that is anyone’s guess

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Only three games to go, not that anyone is counting. Game 159 featured no Texas Rangers player older than 28-year-old Ryan Rua, three days after Shin-Soo Choo was the only player older than 25. The kids did pretty well, though old-man Rua sparked their two-run seventh..." September 29

  • Rangers Purchase Contract Of Brandon Mann

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced today that they have selected the contract of lefty Brandon Mann. He’ll join the team for its final series. Mann, 34, has already had a season to remember, having debuted in the majors after first becoming a professional way back in 2002.  " September 28

  • Sources: A federal grand jury is investigating MLB's international dealings, and officials on all sides are worried

    Yahoo! Sports "The plundering of Latin America wasn’t Major League Baseball’s original sin. It’s simply the one that has festered the longest. Corruption of all kinds – illicit payoffs, bonus-money skimming, doping teenagers with performance-enhancing drugs – has been treated as..." September 28

  • MLB sees sharp rise in batter hand injuries; higher velocities, other factors cited

    Sporting News "As the MLB season winds down toward the playoffs, players and team management hope that the crack of the bat takes precedence over the crack of the bones. Bones of the hands in particular.  Since the exhibition season, an all-star team of players — more than..." September 27

  • Days ahead of Banister ouster ‘sucked’ but hunt for new Rangers manager underway

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Jeff Banister became a scapegoat last week for the failures of Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, or at least that’s what was said on Twitter and in angry emails and even in the Star-Telegram. Daniels has never fared well in approval polls. He and Congress are neck and..." September 26

  • Here is the most concerning element of Elvis Andrus' struggles with the Rangers in 2018

    Dallas Morning News "A year ago, Elvis Andrus entered the final week of the season chasing bushels of career-highs. He begins this last week this year trying to avoid bunches of career lows. Blame a lot of that on his first trip to the disabled list. A lot, but not all. "It's..." September 25

  • The case for keeping Don Wakamatsu

    Yardbarker "As the Rangers prepare to find a new manager, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News explores the case for simply keeping interim skipper Don Wakamatsu. It’ll obviously be hard for Wakamatsu to move the needle on the team’s bottom line over his brief tenure, but he is..." September 24