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  • Edinson Volquez says he might reconsider a 15th season...but only if it's with the Rangers

    Dallas Morning News "When he went through four months of rehab for yet another elbow injury, Edinson Volquez said he just wanted to return to the majors so he could go out on his own terms at the end of the season. He might be reconsidering. Volquez has pitched well in five outings as a reliever..." September 20

  • Joey Gallo Might Not Return In 2019

    Dallas Morning News "It appears Joey Gallo's promising 2019 season may be over, after all. Rangers manager Chris Woodward acknowledged the possibility Wednesday for the first time since Gallo broke the hamate bone in his right hand nearly two months ago. The club later announced Gallo had returned to..." September 19

  • Who will be next skipper to join 2K wins list?

    MLB.com "Bruce Bochy’s 2,000th managerial victory is in the books, and, while a Cooperstown calling was already a foregone conclusion with or without this milestone, this puts the soon-to-be-retired Giants skipper in some rare and heady company. Only 10 other managers -- Connie..." September 19

  • Jose Leclerc has had ‘a hell of a season.’ Is it good enough to be the Rangers’ closer in 2020?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "For as big and bad as the 2019 Houston Astros are, they showed some compassion toward the Texas Rangers this season by not eliminating them from the American League West race until Sept. 4. That’s still early to eliminate the third-place team, but the Astros tapped the brakes..." September 18

  • Lack of offense this season has Jeff Mathis going batty. Rangers, though, still love his glove

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "No player is anywhere close to 100 percent at this time of a baseball season, Jeff Mathis said as he stood gingerly during an interview Sunday morning. His lower back felt better than he was expecting it would, and he was able to sleep some despite the discomfort. Just give..." September 16

  • The Rangers Need A Catcher

    MLB Trade Rumors "Set to miss the playoffs for the third straight year, the Rangers reportedly plan to make third base a priority in the offseason. Understandably so, as the position has been a sore spot for the club this year. But the problems the Rangers have faced at the hot corner pale in..." September 14

  • Stephen Strasburg's six best landing spots if the Nationals righty hits free agency this winter

    CBS Sports "The 2019 MLB free-agent class looks to be adding even more starting pitching depth. According to a report by MLB.com's Jon Morosi: "There's increasing speculation in the industry that [Stephen Strasburg] will opt out of the remaining four years and $100 million left on his..." September 13

  • Hunter Pence On Future Plans, Possible Rangers Return

    MLB.com "Time is running out for Hunter Pence to play again this season. But he did make one thing clear as he tries to overcome a lower back injury: He is going to do everything possible to get back on the field before the season is over. “I need to do my due diligence for baseball, my..." September 12

  • Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced

    Hardball Talk "The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Yadier Molina won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and..." September 12

  • Rangers Could Prioritize Third Base In Offseason

    Dallas Morning News "What’s that old saying: “If you’ve got three third baseman, you have no third basemen?” Yeah, something like that. On Wednesday, the Rangers started hot-hitting Nick Solak at third base against Tampa Bay. It marked the first time in his professional..." September 12

  • Jesse Chavez Undergoes Elbow Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rangers right-hander Jesse Chavez underwent surgery to have loose bodies removed from his elbow this week, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com (via Twitter). He’ll go through an eight-week recovery process before beginning a throwing program and is expected to be ready for Spring..." September 11

  • Shawn Kelley On 2020 Plans

    MLB.com "The Rangers have a $2.5 million option on veteran reliever Shawn Kelley. He is hoping they will pick it up. If not, Kelley said he will retire. “If they pick me up, I would love to come back and do another year,” Kelley said. “If not, I will drift off to..." September 11

  • How will the Red Sox replace Dave Dombrowski? A look at seven potential GM candidates for Boston

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox fired president Dave Dombrowski on Sunday, less than a year after winning the World Series. The Red Sox had been successful under Dombrowski's guidance, notching at least 93 wins in each of his three full seasons. Even this season, a disappointing one relative to..." September 10

  • Why haven't the Rangers developed more starting pitching? It's complicated

    Dallas Morning News "Over the last three weeks, the Rangers have, to put it bluntly, blown out a bunch of guys in the player development system. The director was reassigned after less than a year. Two long-time managers were dismissed. The coaching staff at Triple-A Nashville will be changed in its..." September 08

  • MLB weighing opioid testing after Tyler Skaggs' death

    ESPN "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have had initial conversations about randomly testing players for opioids following an autopsy report that showed oxycodone and fentanyl in the blood of late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. While the discussions..." September 07

  • The juiced ball is not a “looming problem” for the players union

    Hardball Talk "Players have long known it. Scientists have confirmed it. The numbers, quite clearly, bear it out. Eventually even Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball admitted it. The ball is juiced and it’s led to a massive uptick in offense. How and why it got juiced is a tad more..." September 06

  • Each MLB Team's Player Whose Days as a Star Are over for Good

    Bleacher Report "Every star in the known universe burns out eventually. The same is true in Major League Baseball, where even the greatest players ultimately fade away. It's tough for fanbases and, often, even tougher for the players in question. But it's reality all the..." September 06

  • Tanking teams are killing attendance

    Hardball Talk "Your must-click link of the day is Rob Arthur’s article at Baseball Prospectus in which he analyzed the effect tanking has on attendance. (note: it was originally behind a paywall but it’s now free for everyone, so do go read it). The executive summary can be read..." September 06

  • The changing of the balls: Unusual method by umpire crew frustrates Lance Lynn, Rangers in New York

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers lost again Wednesday. It was just like Tuesday. They didn't score until the ninth inning. They continued to mount an assault on the all-time strikeout record. But, hey, you've heard all this before. So, now for something completely unexpected: The..." September 05

  • Worst performances in baseball at every position

    ESPN "It was looking like a bit of slow day on Wednesday, with only 11 games on the slate, but then Joc Pederson continued his tear in the late game. In his final at-bat on Sunday, his three at-bats on Monday and his three on Wednesday (he didn't play Tuesday), Pederson did this: home..." September 05

  • 6 Worst September Collapses in MLB History

    12 Up "The September collapse in the MLB is a special kind of soul-crushing moment. With the playoffs so close, a once mighty teams' own ineptitude forces them to slide out of the playoffs on the way to another anonymous season. These six particular situations have lived on in history as..." September 05

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Dilemma of the 2019-20 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Decisions, decisions. Major League Baseball teams have to make them all the time, but perhaps the toughest choices come during the winter. We've gotten ahead of them by pinpointing the biggest dilemma each team will face in the 2019-2020 offseason. These cover difficult calls that..." September 04

  • 6 Veteran MLB Stars Who Will Leave Their Longtime Teams After 2019

    12 Up "The 2019 MLB campaign is rapidly drawing to a close, with a little less than a month of the regular season left to be played. While there's no doubting the playoffs are shaping up to be a doozy, it's also time to start pondering where some impending free agents will..." September 04

  • How MLB's most notable deadline additions are faring with new teams

    The Score "It might be hard to believe, but Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed over a month ago now, and most players are settled into their new digs. With the notable omission of Scooter Gennett, who was released by the San Francisco Giants, let's check in on how all the..." September 03

  • MLB's efforts to speed up play run into reality of modern game: 'It's not going to happen'

    USA Today "First came a limit on mound visits. Then, shortened breaks between innings. Next year, pitchers will be forced to face at least three batters, the better to reduce pitching changes, and some day, Major League Baseball may yet foist a pitch clock on its timeless game. Yet as another..." September 03

  • Differential in Total Home Runs From 2018 and 2019 Triple-A Seasons is Absurd

    12 Up "The insane rate of home runs is not a problem in just the Major League, it has also been an issue in Triple-A. Triple-A players were introduced to the baseballs being used at the MLB level this year, and you can see from the numbers the difference these baseballs made. Juiced..." September 03

  • Slugger Joey Gallo getting back into swing of things

    MLB.com "Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo, who is on the injured list because of a fractured hamate bone in his right hand, is expected to swing a bat for the first time in the indoor cage on Monday at Yankee Stadium. He could be swinging outdoors with the team as early as Tuesday. The question..." September 02

  • Rangers add six, DFA two as roster expand

    Lone Star Ball "Texas Rangers transactions: Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman are back on the active roster, with Mazara being activated from the injured list today and Ronald Guzman being recalled from AAA Nashville on the first day that rosters expand from 25 to 40. In addition, the Rangers recalled..." September 01

  • Rangers Designate Pedro Payano, Locke St. John; Activate Jeffrey Springs, Edinson Volquez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced today they have designated right-hander Pedro Payano and left-hander Locke St. John for assignment. Their 40-man roster spots were needed for the activations of Jeffrey Springs and Edinson Vólquez from the 60-day injured list. Payano,..." September 01

  • How Hunter Pence bounced back from difficult end to Giants career

    NBC Sports Bay Area "In the aftermath of his feel-good Giants goodbye, Hunter Pence questioned himself. The 2018 season was the worst of his career. Pence played just 97 games with San Francisco, and he slashed a career-worst .226/.258/.590. He set out to reinvent his swing and his game the following..." August 31

  • 10 Must-Watch Future Stars About to Be Called Up to MLB

    Bleacher Report "The final month of the 2019 MLB season is right around the corner, and with it comes roster expansion from 25 to 40 players. The bulk of September call-ups consist of players who have spent the season shuffling between Triple-A and the majors—the fringe middle..." August 30

  • Five September call-ups that could steal the Show

    USA Today "Five years ago, the Kansas City Royals selected Brandon Finnegan out of Texas Christian University in the first round. About three months later, the left-hander made his Major League Baseball debut against the New York Yankees.  Finnegan went on to make seven postseason..." August 30

  • Rangers manager: Rougned Odor's everyday role could be in flux

    MLB.com "Rangers manager Chris Woodward’s patience with second baseman Rougned Odorappears to be waning as the regular season winds down. Woodward made it clear on Thursday that he needs to start seeing more out of Odor if Odor wants to be considered the Rangers' everyday second..." August 30

  • 15 former MLB players who are still playing professional baseball, including Brandon Phillips and Carlos Zambrano

    CBS Sports "The 2019 Minor League Baseball regular season is in its final week of action, and the MLB playoff roster deadline is approaching quickly (Sept. 1). While researching expected September call-ups and searching the list of current free agents, a handful of recognizable names caught our attention..." August 28

  • Each MLB Team's Player Most Likely to Be Traded in Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The Major League Baseball offseason will be here before anyone knows it. And because this winter's crop of free agents looks relatively weak, trades could be all the rage. We've speculated on the most likely player on each team to be traded during the 2019-2020 offseason. We..." August 28

  • 10 injured players who could impact playoff races with September returns, including Luis Severino and Tyler Glasnow

    CBS Sports "This coming Sunday is Sept. 1, which is the day teams can expand their active rosters from 25 players up to 40 players. The September call-up rules will change next year -- teams will only be able to carry up to 28 players -- but, for now, they are the same as always. Up to 40 active players..." August 27

  • As a challenging season nears its end, the Rangers need Elvis Andrus at his best

    Sports Day "Perennially precocious, playful Elvis Andrus turned 31 Monday. In a month, he will finish his 11th season in the majors. He is a husband and a dad. Life goes by fast. It seems only a year or two ago that he'd grown up. Wasn't it only like six months ago when we were..." August 27

  • Holy hell, the MLB players weekend uniforms are terrible

    SB Nation "It’s players’ weekend across Major League Baseball, with every player on every team getting to express themselves in several ways, from the nicknames on their backs to the custom shoes on their feet. It’s just too bad they are all wearing pajamas while on the..." August 26

  • How Willie Calhoun's first 100 games in the major leagues indicate an upward offensive trajectory

    Sports Day "It is late August, which is usually the most trying time for a rookie. There are a whole set of unique challenges to face.  Opposed to the minor leagues, where the regular season finishes around Labor Day, there is still another month to go. The finish line isn’t quite in..." August 25

  • Rangers Outright Shane Carle

    MLB Trade Rumors "On Sunday the Rangers announced that right-handed pitcher Shane Carle has been assigned outright to Triple-A Nashville. He had been designated for assignment on Friday. Carle, 27, will remain in the Texas organization, though he’ll no longer occupy a spot on the 40-man roster...." August 25

  • Veteran Rafael Montero looking like Comeback Kid

    MLB.com "The Rangers have some impressive young arms in their bullpen. Right-hander Rafael Montero is not one of them. Yes, he has been impressive, but he is not “young.” He is 28 and spent four years in the big leagues with the Mets before he signed with the Rangers in the..." August 25

  • Rangers Sign Bayron Lora

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers needed an extra seven weeks and, apparently, some extra international bonus money, but they finally have executed an agreement with Dominican teenager Bayron Lora. The deal with the 16-year-old outfielder is worth $3.9 million, according to a source, and is pending a..." August 25

  • Rangers Considering Cutting Rougned Odor’s Playing Time

    Sports Day "They are running out of words. The Rangers bosses believe Rougned Odor is open to coaching and willing to work on his offensive flaws. They are certain his skills haven't evaporated. But there are only so many ways they can say this and then watch Odor pop out -- or strike out --..." August 25

  • Rangers Designate Shane Carle

    Lone Star Ball "Texas Rangers transactions: Luke Farrell has been activated from the 60 day injured list, the Rangers announced today. To make room for Farrell on the 25 man roster, the Rangers optioned Locke St. John to AAA Nashville. To make room for him on the 40 man roster, the Rangers designated Shane..." August 24

  • 6 Players We Still Can't Believe Weren't Traded at the MLB Deadline

    12 Up "We know how boring this MLB trade deadline was even with the Zack Greinke deal. There was a surprising amount of inaction from fringe contenders who decided to stand pat rather than sell. Plenty of players who should have gotten a change of scenery didn't, but these are the six players we..." August 23

  • The Future Star Who Got Away From Each MLB Team

    The Ringer "Gio Urshela spent the past few weeks showing his previous employers what they’re missing. In four games against the Blue Jays, for whom Urshela played 46 uneventful games last year, the Yankees third baseman tallied six hits, including three home runs; in four games against..." August 23

  • How players are using uniform numbers to break MLB's unwritten rules

    ESPN "For more than two years, Mallex Smith didn't tell anyone on his team why he wore No. 0. Back in January 2017, Smith found himself in a whirlwind of trades in one day, going from the Braves to the Mariners -- for all of 77 minutes ("Some of the best 77 minutes of my..." August 23

  • MLB Players Will Wear Cleats Designed By Little League World Series Teams This Weekend

    Uproxx "One of the many highlights of the Little League World Series in Williamsport is a collaboration between the World Series and Major League Baseball, where two MLB teams play in the tiny Pennsylvania town and give kids a personal look at the big leagues. With that event in the books and..." August 23

  • MLB warns sexual enhancers may include PEDs

    ESPN "Major League Baseball in a memo warned about the "very real risk" of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills after at least two players this year were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and claimed the banned substances found in their urine came from the unregulated products,..." August 21

  • Garbage time, all the time: MLB sees historic spike in position players pitching

    USA Today "For years, it was perhaps the noblest surrender in sports, a rare raising of the white flag that mixed comedy, camaraderie and selflessness. Now, the sight of a position player climbing the mound to record the final outs of a lopsided major league game is an almost routine occurrence,..." August 21