Texas Rangers News
8-20-14: The Rangers are now in the race for the No. 1 pick again after dropping series to the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels at home last week. Things don't get any easier for Texas this week as they have dropped take on the Marlins, in which they dropped Tuesday night’s game, before a three-game series with the scorching hot Kansas City Royals at home. At this point the more losses the better.
8-19-14: The Texas Rangers Alex Rios left a game this week with an apparent ankle injury. Texas sent Rios for an MRI that revealed good news for the right fielder as Rios’ left ankle is just sprained and has no ligament damage. While the Rangers and Rios avoided a significant injury the reality that Rios remains a Ranger through the end of the 2014 season seems more and more likely with every game that Rios has to sit out this month. One man also sitting on the bench with Rios is ace starting pitcher Yu Darvish who was placed on the 15 day DL this week with right elbow inflammation. Speaking of Darvish the right hander, teammate Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo all cleared waivers this week and can be traded to any team at any point in the 2014 season. Neal Cotts was still on waivers when the week ended and is expected to clear or be claimed in the next day or so.
8-13-14: The Rangers solidified are the worst team in the American League and it is not even close. They dropped a series to the Houston Astros over the weekend, and have split their series with Tampa this week. At this point, Texas has to be a franchise that is just anxious for the season to come to an end. Alex Rios cleared waivers and seems like a he will be dealt in August, so that's worth keeping an eye on.
8-12-14: The Texas Rangers started the month of August by placing outfielder Alex Rios on revocable waivers after failing to trade him before the July 31st trading deadline. Rios is owed $13.5 million next season on a team option and is also owed roughly $3.75 million for the remainder of this season. Rios ended up clearing waivers and can now be traded to any team Texas chooses for the remainder of the season making him a potentially attractive piece. The Rangers also designated starting pitcher Jerome Williams for assignment after a mixed bag of results from the right hander this season. Williams threw a quality start in his first start with the Rangers but in his second he allowed 10 runs and 13 hits to the Cleveland Indians. If Williams latches on with another team it will be his third team this season after flunking out with the Houston Astros and the Rangers.
8-6-14: The lowly Texas Rangers vented two months' worth of frustration Tuesday night. Robinson Chirinos homered twice and Colby Lewis pitched a six-hitter to lead the Rangers past the White Sox in a 16-0 rout, the largest shutout victory in team history. J.P. Arencibia, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for Texas, who set a season-high in runs scored and snapped a four-game losing streak. Texas pounded out 18 hits. The Rangers’ last five-homer game came last August at U.S. Cellular Field.
8-5-14: The Texas Rangers have had an injury riddled season in 2014 and could not find any takers for their healthy players at the trading deadline. The Rangers were said to be trying to move outfielder Alex Rios and never got in serious discussions with any team for the right fielder. Alexei Ogando was added to the 60 day DL to make room for the recently claimed Mike Carp to end this week. Carp was an outfielder in the Boston Red Sox organization before coming over to the Rangers for depth purposes. Finally the Rangers are looking to sign relief pitcher Neal Cotts past his current contract that runs out after the 2014 season. Cotts is 34 years old and has a lengthy injury history and may look for a multi-year deal while giving the Rangers a discount on the dollar amount for his own security.
7-30-14: The Texas Rangers injury riddled down season continues and the selloff of players does as well as Alex Rios has been made available to teams. The Toronto Blue Jays have shown interest in a reunion and the New York Yankees sudden need for an outfielder may also get them into the mix for his services. The Rangers traded away their closer this week to the Detroit Tigers for a pair of right handed pitching prospects. The Rangers ended the week by attending the showcase in Miami for Cuban defecting Rusney Castillo. Castillo is a 27 year old outfielder and shortstop that has drawn early comparisons to Brett Gardner with more power. Four teams to date have arranged private workouts for Castillo but the Rangers are not said to be one of them.
7-28-14: On Wednesday, the struggling Rangers acquired prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Joakim Soria. Neftali Feliz, who saved his first MLB game of the season on Friday, looks to be the team’s closer for the rest of the season after having a 3.14 ERA in 24 appearances this season for the Round Rock Express, the triple-A affiliate for the Rangers.
7-24-14: The Texas Rangers were a .500 team on June 16, when they sat at 35-35; the Rangers have gone a horrendous 5-25 since. Yes, you did read that correctly. The myriad of injuries they've suffered has simply been too much to overcome. They dropped Tuesday’s night’s game in the Bronx by a score of 2-1 thanks to Yankees newly acquired third baseman Chase Headley’s game-winning single in the 14th inning. Closer Joakim Soria and right fielder Alex Rios are Texas’ two biggest trade chips and both should generate interest at the July 31st deadline.
7-21-14: The Texas Rangers have been hit hard by the injury bug this season and another player went down over the weekend as outfielder Alex Rios left the game with the Toronto Blue Jays with an ankle injury. The Rangers also designated first baseman Carlos Pena for assignment and he has accepted an outright to Triple-A to keep him in the organization. The Rangers are still shopping Joakim Soria and others and may have a deal, although nothing is imminent, with the Detroit Tigers. The back end of the Tigers bullpen has struggled all season long and Soria has been excellent since coming all the way back from Tommy John surgery. The Rangers are said to be asking for the moon for Soria since he has performed so well and is under team control for the 2015 season as well.
7-19-14: Yu Darvish finally stopped the Rangers’ eight-game losing streak on Friday. He struck out 12 Toronto Blue Jays in his 6.2 innings of one-run baseball. In J.P. Arencibia’s first career MLB game as a first baseman, he hit a three-run home run and was the only player in the game to drive in multiple runs. In addition, Rangers prospect Joey Gallo hit a two-run home run on Sunday to help the USA beat the World in the Futures Game.
7-17-14: The Rangers wrapped up a disastrous first half by being swept in back-to-back series at home by the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels last week. They are now in the midst of a 3-22 stretch and have managed just one win in the month of July. Expectations were pretty high for Texas entering the year, following the offseason acquisitions of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo and with guys like Jurickson Profar and Martin Perez ready to make the MLB jump. It will be interesting to see how aggressive management is in moving pieces at the deadline. Alex Rios, Joakim Soria and Jason Frasor look like prime candidates to be dealt.
7-15-14: The Texas Rangers are more than likely going to blow up their bullpen and get a few pieces to make a run at it in 2015 while giving up on 2014. The Rangers are said to be fetching a substantial package for Joakim Soria and have also made righty Jason Frasor and lefty Neal Cotts available for the right price. The thinking for Texas is to unload some of their veteran pieces and promote top prospects like Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris to get their feet wet in the pen for the rest of the season. The Rangers are already making room on the roster for the younger guys in this lost season as Donny Murphy and Joe Saunders were released this week. The Rangers are 38-57 and are in last place in the American League West division while finding themselves 21 games out of first place at the break.
7-14-14: There seems to be no team that needs this upcoming All-Star break more than the last-place Rangers. The Houston Astros swept them earlier this week, and the Los Angeles Angels have taken the first two games from the Rangers in their four-game series. The Rangers are now on pace to finish lower than fourth place in the American League West for the first time since 1988.
7-10-14: Manager Ron Washington still has his job, and I’m not quite sure why. The Texas Rangers fell to the Houston Astros 8-3 Tuesday night and have now lost its last 10 games and 17 of their last 20. The Rangers are now just one game away from falling into last-place in the AL West. Phil Irwin allowed three runs and six hits in four innings of work for Texas. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday.
7-7-14: The Rangers have fallen on hard times recently. Their offense has been holding them back as they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles. On Wednesday, Miles Mikolas made his first appearance of the season and barely missed a quality start. On Thursday, after a rain delay, Scott Baker pitched instead of Yu Darvish and did not get through the fifth inning, and Texas lost, 5-2. Darvish started on Friday, but failed to continue to dominate interleague opponents as the Rangers dropped their sixth straight game.
7-3-14: Former Texas Ranger Nelson Cruz hit his 26th homerun of the season Tuesday night as the Rangers fell to the Orioles 8-3. The Rangers have now lost 11 of their last 13 overall to fall nine games under .500 for the first time since they were 9-18 back on April 29th of 2008. Texas has dropped seven straight on the road, which is their longest skid in six seasons. The situation in Texas is bleak and I wouldn’t be shocked if manager Ron Washington gets canned soon.
7-2-14: The Texas Rangers are far back in the American League West division and may find themselves in an all new territory for them and manager Ron Washington, they may be sellers at this year’s trading deadline. The Rangers may move relievers Neal Cotts, Jason Frasor, and Joakim Soria along with outfielder Alex Rios, and infielders Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus. The Rangers won’t have Derek Holland to trade this season as he is still injured and had his rehab assignment pushed back this week because he wasn’t ready to get back on the mound. Holland has participated in fielding drills and the team has not discussed shutting the lefty down for the season. The Rangers are said to be willing to listen on all players but seem reluctant to trade away big pieces like Yu Darvish due to the possibility of next season being a productive one when Martin Perez, Prince Fielder, Derek Holland, and Jurickson Profar come back from injuries.
6-30-14: The season-long eight-game losing streak is finally over. The Rangers hosted the Minnesota Twins, who have struggled a lot on the road recently. After being swept by the Los Angles Angels and Detroit Tigers, Texas got a two-run home run from Adrian Beltre and a strong outing from Nick Tepesch en route to the 5-4 victory on Friday.
6-26-14: Adrian Beltre went 4 for 4 for Texas, pushing his career total to 2,503 hits, but the Rangers have a season-worst six-game losing streak on their hands as they fell to Detroit 8-2 Tuesday night in Arlington. At 35-41, the Rangers are six games below .500 for the first time since September 2008. Texas is also 16-20 at home this season. They’re 11 ½ games back of Oakland for the division lead and it maybe time for a rebuild in the Lone Star State.
6-24-14: The Texas Rangers season just got a whole lot worse when they learned the news that first basemen Mitch Moreland opted for season ending ankle surgery this week. Moreland is the second first basemen on the Rangers roster this season to go down for the season, the other Prince Fielder, and is among a slew of other notable players on the disabled list this year. The Rangers signed Carlos Pena to a minor league deal to try and fill the void at first base this week as they look for other options outside the organization. The Rangers are 11.5 games out of first place and may be ready to blow it up come this time next month if things don’t turn around quick.
6-18-14: Yu Darvish dropped his eighth straight to the A's Tuesday night 10-6, and the Rangers lost for the second time in six games. Darvish allowed seven runs, four earned, and eight hits over five-plus innings of work. He did walk five batters and struck out eight, including Brandon Moss in the first inning for career strikeout No. 600. Darvish has a 7.59 ERA in four career starts at the Coliseum in Oakland. Texas is eight games back of Oakland in the AL West.
6-17-14: The Texas Rangers cannot like the news of Jurrickson Profar switching his representation to Scott Boras because it means Profar just got really expensive when he hits free agency and is highly unlikely to sign an extension before then. Profar is one of the many injured Texas Rangers this season including Derek Holland, Prince Fielder, Matt Harrison, and Martin Perez to name a few. The Rangers are on pace to have a staggering 1,715 days spent by players on the DL in 2014. This is not the season that manager Ron Washington had in mind with his name already on the hot seat coming into the season after many lost series in the playoffs. The Rangers find themselves one game under .500 and in fourth place in the division and are running out of time in 2014.
6-10-14: The Texas Rangers injury bug just keeps on hitting the team as they learned this week that Alexi Ogando will be shut down for at least three weeks and could miss as much as two months with inflammation and damage in his throwing elbow ligament. Tommy John surgery has not been recommended yet and this is being called “wear and tear damage” but it cannot be great news for the team regardless. The Rangers also lost their second first basemen of the season when they received the news that Mitch Moreland will undergo ankle surgery and is expected to miss at least three months. The walking wounded Rangers are slipping fast and find themselves eight games out of first place in the American League West division with a below .500 record. The Rangers may be in sell mode for the first time in a long time at this year’s trading deadline and manager Ron Washington’s job may seriously be in jeopardy.
6-3-14: The Texas Rangers started the week by acquiring utilityman Jason Donald from the Kansas City Royals in a trade that will bring back a player to be named later or cash for Kansas City. The Rangers are only one game over .500 and struggling due to all the injuries and may look to buy sooner than expected to fill the voids. The Rangers do not have the minor league depth that they once had after promoting the likes of Jurrickson Profar, Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, etc. Ron Washington’s job is on the line as he was in the hot seat before the season even started and every loss hurts his chances of keeping his job.
5-28-14: The Texas Rangers got some disheartening news this week as they learned newly acquired first basemen Prince Fielder will miss the remainder of the season. Fielder will get surgery on a herniated disc in his neck that has been bothering him since last season in Detroit. Fielder is likely in some hot water as he did not mention the neck injury prior to the trade or until about two weeks ago when the pain got too severe to try and play through. Speculations have started that the Rangers will go ahead and bite the bullet to sign free agent Kendrys Morales to replace him. Morales would cost the Rangers a draft pick if he is signed before the June MLB First Year Players Draft but the Rangers hand may be forced with the loss of Fielder and the recent injury to Jurickson Profar. Profar has a Grade 2 strain in his arm and will likely be out for the next eight to twelve weeks.
5-21-14: The Texas Rangers are the latest team to lose one of their starting pitchers to Tommy John surgery when Martin Perez opted to have his ligament replaced and repaired by the surgery. This came after a Prince Fielder injury popped up when a herniated disc in his neck was found recently. Fielder says the neck has bothered him since last season and it has affected his production. Fielder is sporting a .247/.360/.360 in 178 plate appearances with three home runs. In the third big blow against the Texas Rangers they also lost Matt Harrison to a back injury that may end up being career threatening if it requires surgery, something that is very likely at this point. All these injuries and the Rangers are still in fourth place in the American League West division and are 4-6 in their last ten games.
5-15-14: The Texas Rangers find themselves in fourth place in the American League West division and are above .500 for the season through 39 games. The AL West may be one of the toughest divisions in all of baseball if it were not for the Houston Astros because not many divisions have a fourth place team above the .500 mark like the Texas Rangers. The Rangers ace Yu Darvish also lost a no hitter with two outs in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox after having a perfect game through 6.1 IP. David Ortiz broke up the no hitter bid with a two out single in the ninth inning.
5-7-14: The Texas Rangers are battling with the Oakland Athletics for the top spot in the American League West division and are above .500 after the first 30 games of the 2014 season. The Rangers have seen Scott Baker pitch well in their minor league system and declined to opt out of his contract after failing to find a major league deal elsewhere. Baker could find himself in the Major Leagues soon if he continues to pitch this well. The Rangers are still waiting on their own reinforcements, specifically Jurrickson Profar, to come back from injury before they can make a real run at a division title and a playoff berth this season. The Rangers are not used to having to fill in the hole at second base left by the Profar injury as they had Ian Kinsler at the position before trading him for Prince Fielder this offseason. Ron Washington's job was said to be in jeopardy but after a strong start to the season he looks to be safe in Texas, at least for now.
4-28-14: The Texas Rangers have enjoyed much success in the first month of the 2014 season and are in a dog fight with the Oakland Athletics not only for supremacy in the American League West division but also for the best record in the American League. The Rangers are doing this without Derek Holland, without Yu Darvish to start the season, and without huge production from recently acquired Prince Fielder or bullpen mainstay Neftali Feliz. Tommy John surgery has become an epidemic in the 2014 season and the Rangers have not been exempt after losing Pedro Figueroa to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm ending his 2014 season. The Rangers have gone against all odds so far and have been tough in 2014 and look to ride that momentum all the way to October this season. Be sure to vote for your favorite Rangers to the midseason classic as voting for the MLB All Star Game opened up this week.
4-14-14: The Texas offense was supposed to carry the team with the slew of injuries that hit the pitching staff early on, but it’s been a rough go at the plate thus far for the Rangers. They rank 24th in the league in runs (45), and the Royals are the only team in the majors with fewer home runs than Texas’ five. Prince Fielder, the off-season’s biggest pick-up, is off to a .149 start without a home run and just three RBI’s. Their 6-6 start has them tied with the Angels for third place in the AL West.
4-7-14: Following back-to-back walk-off wins over the Philadelphia Phillies to close out their season-opening series, the Texas Rangers had a rough time in Florida, dropping two of their three games against the Tampa Bay Rays. On the bright side, ace pitcher Yu Darvish returned to the hill Sunday afternoon after a brief stint on the DL to open the season. He looked strong, hurling seven innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts as Texas beat the Rays, 3-0. The 3-3 Rangers continue their road trip Monday in Boston where they’ll take on the Red Sox.
4-1-14: Texas came into the regular season with significant injury concerns already, with the likes of Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Jurickson Profar all beginning the year on the DL. Opening day did little to quell the fears of the fanbase, as they fell in a high-scoring affair to the Phillies 14-10 at Globe Life Park. Tanner Scheppers, making his first career start, was far from impressive, allowing seven runs in four innings, including a Grand Slam to Jimmy Rollins in the 2nd.
3-27-14: The Texas Rangers got some terrible news in this final week before Spring Training ends as their catcher Geovany Soto tore his meniscus in his knee and will miss the next 10-12 weeks after knee surgery. Recent free agent acquisition J.P Arencibia is likely to get the bulk of the catching duties until Soto returns and Robinson Chirinos looks to be the backup when Opening Day comes and goes. Now the Rangers are looking for depth at second base and the catcher position and were interested in acquiring George Kottaras from the Chicago Cubs before he was released. It now seems likely that before Opening Day 2014 Kottaras, or another catcher, will be on the 25 mand roster for the Rangers. Texas also solidified the starting rotation with the signing of Scott Baker, formerly of the Seattle Mariners, as the Rangers are struggling with injuries across the board to the pitching staff, even to Yu Darvish their Opening Day starter. Instead Tanner Scheppers will start Game One for the Rangers as they get their 2014 season underway.
3-20-14: The Texas Rangers have "failed" twice in the World Series and now two more times in the playoffs and it may cost Ron Washington his job, as farfetched as that sounds. If Washington's job is on the line like some of the reports suggest than the health and performance of Neftali Feliz coming back from Tommy John surgery mixed in with the loss of Joe Nathan may seal the deal either way. The Rangers are worried for Feliz specifically not because of his stats, which have been solid, but more so with his declining velocity which has gone down a MPH three straight seasons now including this spring. Texas has the worst record in the Cactus League this year which does not help the concern around Arlington. Speaking of Arlington, the Ballpark in Arlington specifically, the Rangers announced that Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Rangers open their season on March 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
3-13-14: The Texas Rangers are an exciting team and will be once again in 2014. The Rangers started off the offseason by trading longtime second basemen Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder, severely boosting their offense. The Rangers also acquired OBP king Shin-Soo Choo to play the outfield and essentially replace Josh Hamilton in the lineup. The Rangers have one of the worst records in the Cactus League but we were all humored by Yu Darvish clearing out the dugout with a certain essential bodily function. That alone is worth a ticket on a day that Darvish is starting. Rangers fans should not be worried about their less than stellar spring record, the team will be there when it matters and when the games count.
3-5-14: The Texas Rangers were involved in what was probably the biggest trade of the off-season which landed them Prince Fielder the former power hitter of the Detroit Tigers. After stating that Neftali Feliz's mechanics were out of work early March he was then clocked between 90 and 92 mph during his cactus league debut. Stepping into the vacated role of second baseman will be the highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar.
1-24-14: The Texas Rangers made a splash this offseason when they traded for the powerful first baseman Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers this past fall. The Rangers had to give up the ultra talented second baseman Ian Kinsler and take on a lot of Fielder’s contract in order to make this trade but believe that Fielder’s power will be well worth the money.
1-7-14: The Texas Rangers have so far been quiet on the free-agent market and it is likely because of their quiet pursuit of Japanese picture Tanaka. Still unsigned is the Rangers long time outfielder Nelson Cruz who is seeking a large contract but has not gotten an offer yet from Texas as they await the news on Tanaka. There have been rumors that there will be room for both Cruz and Tanaka under the budget of the Texas rangers. Cruises been an all-star outfielder for Texas over the last 3 to 4 seasons.
12-9-13: With a blockbuster deal with the Detroit Tigers the Texas Rangers have acquired Prince Fielder in exchange for Ian Kinsler. Last year the Texas Rangers missed out on the playoffs partly because of poor play in the second half of the season as well as the Oakland A's becoming extremely hot at the right time. 91 wins is nothing to shake a stick at but it wasn't enough to get them into the postseason. The Rangers are already dealing with the loss of closer Joe Nathan and may also have to deal with the loss of their starting right fielder Nelson Cruz who is in talks with several teams as a free agent. Joe Nathan signed a free-agent contract with the Detroit Tigers. Despite missing the playoffs last year the Rangers still have one of the most potent lineups and a solid pitching staff heading into the 2014 season.
8/20/13 - The Texas Rangers lead the American League West division with a record of 72 – 53. The Rangers have been extremely consistent both at home and on the road notching 36 wins in each venue. In the last 10 games the Texas Rangers have a record of seven – three. The Texas Rangers are +69 in terms of run differential on the season. This week the Texas Rangers will host their neighbors the Houston Astros. Third baseman Adrian Beltran is having a great year offensively batting .324 25 home runs and 76 RBIs. The Rangers opened up their series with the Astros last night, with a big 16-5 win. A.J. Pierzynski led the way, going 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 RBI.
8/6/13 - At 13 games over .500 the Texas Rangers are in second place in the American League West division. As winners of two straight games the Texas Rangers will head to Los Angeles to face their division rivals LA Angels.
In some bad news for the Rangers, outfielder Nelson Cruz was suspended for 50 games for PEDs as part of the Biogenesis investigation.
7/23/13 - The Rangers have traded for Matt Garza. In return, the White Sox will received Mike Olt, pitchers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards and a player to be named later.
7/18/13 - The second place Texas Rangers are tied for the wild card lead along with the Tampa Bay Rays. After losing Josh Hamilton to free agency, the Rangers haven’t seemed to miss a beat with a record of 54-41. After the break the Rangers will take on the Baltimore Orioles at home, which should turn out to be a good series. The Rangers are 7th overall in slugging percentage at .418. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish is 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA. Offensively, Texas is led by Nelson Cruz and Adrien Beltre. Last year Texas lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the one game playoff for the American League wild card spot.
7/7/13 - Three Texas Rangers were chosen to be reserves on the 2013 American League all-star team. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish and outfielder Nelson Cruz will each be making their second ASG appearance, closer Joe Nathan makes the squad for the 6th time. RHP Tanner Scheppers can also make the team as part of MLB's Final Vote.
6/12/13 - The Texas Rangers are in first place and 13 games over .500. During their 11 game homestand they will face the Cleveland Indians the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland A's. Offensively, the Rangers are led by the Dominican-born pair of Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. Beltre is hitting .304 and Nelson Cruz leads the team with 15 homeruns and 43 RBIs. Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish has struck out 118 batters in just 88 1/3 innings. He has an ERA of 2.75. Last year Texas was a wildcard team in the MLB playoffs.