Texas Rangers News
8-24-15: Last week, the Rangers placed Josh Hamilton on the disabled list, retroactive to August 16, due to left knee inflammation. However, the Rangers continued to succeed on the field without him, as they won their third consecutive series with Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Cole Hamels threw six innings of two-run ball in the victory.
8-21-15: The Texas Rangers continued their push towards a Wild Card berth in the American League this week by improving their outfield and their bench. The team pulled off a relatively minor deal with the San Diego Padres that sent outfielder Will Venable to Texas in exchange for catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene and right-handed pitcher Jon Edwards who was originally named as a player to be named later. Venable will give the team a backup option for Josh Hamilton who was placed on the disabled list once again this week. Venable brings to the team a .258/.318/.378 slash that is in line with his career numbers inside Petco Park and which are much improved from his career worst numbers that he posted just last season in 2014. In order to make room for Venable on the roster the team made the tough decision to designate power hitting outfielder Michael Choice for assignment. Choice is a former Top 100 prospect in Major League Baseball that could not replicate his .279/.363/.463 triple slash in his minor league career and bring it to his Major League career. Choice is slashing just .188/.253/.320 in 300 plate appearances in his career splitting time with the Texas Rangers and the team who he made his Major League debut with, the Oakland Athletics.
8-19-15: The Rangers’ five-game winning streak ended on Tuesday, as they fell to the visiting Seattle Mariners, 3-2. However, Texas remains two games above .500 and just 1.5 games out of a wild card spot. The Rangers finish their three-game series with the Mariners on Wednesday before traveling to Detroit for a four-game road trip.
8-14-15: The Texas Rangers began this week by making a questionable move for some right-handed power when the team acquired first baseman Mike Napoli from the Boston Red Sox. In exchange for Napoli the Rangers gave the Red Sox cash considerations or a player to be named later while the Boston sent cash back in the deal to Texas to offset some of Napoli’s remaining salary on his deal. Napoli was set to make $16 million in 2015 and Texas is on the hook for just $1.5 million of it after the trade and the cash from Ben Cherington and company. Napoli will look to add some right-handed power to a Texas Rangers team that finds themselves just 2.5 games out of a Wild Card playoff spot while Boston will benefit from the open roster spot and salary relief going forward and beyond. Another player who is expected to help the team push towards the playoffs is former Atlanta Braves product Tyler Pastornicky who was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. In order to acquire Pastornicky the Rangers surrendered cash considerations in return for the middle infielder.
8-7-15: The Texas Rangers began this week showing off their newest players on the roster Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman who was acquired in an eight player deal with the Philadelphia Phillies before the July 31st trading deadline. The trade for Diekman and Hamels led to the team designating LHP Wandy Rodriguez for assignment right before the week came to a close. This week the transaction came to a conclusion as the team gave Rodriguez a release from the team in order to give him an opportunity to latch on with another Major League team. While Rodriguez now finds himself looking for a major league deal the Texas organization added two more pitchers to their minor league depth as the team re-signed RHP Ross Ohlendorf and signed RHP Robert Coello. Ohlendorf and Coello are likely replacements inside the organization for the package of players that was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies for Cole Hamels including catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and right-handed minor league pitcher Jake Thompson.
8-7-15: On Wednesday, the Rangers extended their winning streak to four games, as they swept their three-game series against the Houston Astros. Texas struck first in the game, as the team took advantage of Scott Kazmir’s fielding error to score three runs in the first inning. Then, in the second inning, Chris Gimenez launched his first Major League Baseball home run since 2012 in the 4-3 victory.
8-3-15: The Rangers, who acquired Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies in a complicated deal last week, are close to being back above .500 with Sunday’s 2-1 victory in the rubber game against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Texas also acquired relief pitcher Sam Dyson from the Miami Marlins in exchange for prospects before the non-waiver trade deadline.
7-31-15: The Texas Rangers came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time buyers in the market. The Rangers, despite being buried in the American League West Division race, made one of the more bold moves before the deadline as the team sent a major prospect package to the Philadelphia Phillies for left-handed ace Cole Hamels. Hamels, right-handed relief pitcher Jake Diekman and roughly $9.5 million in cash will head down to Texas with the Rangers sending left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison, pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff, catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfield prospect Nick Williams. The fact that Texas was able to bring in one of the best starting pitchers on the trade market while holding onto top prospect Joey Gallo was impressive but not as impressive as the Rangers starting rotation will be in 2016 when ace Yu Darvish returns from Tommy John surgery. It was thought that the acquisition of Hamels would allow the team to trade RHP Yovani Gallardo but a rough start against the New York Yankees the night before the deadline likely hurt his trade value and stock resulting in him sticking it out in Texas for at least a few more weeks.
7-28-15: Rougned Odor was named the American League Player of the Week before Monday’s game, but he went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in the team’s 6-2 loss to the visiting New York Yankees that night. Matt Harrison gave up six runs for the second time in three starts this season. Texas tallied just five hits in the defeat.
7-24-15: The Texas Rangers will likely sell off starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo before the end of the July 31st trading deadline. Gallardo is likely to be traded to a National League team since his peripherals would suggest a benefit from National League offenses not to mention that Gallardo has 13 home runs in his career as a pitcher. The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to be the most aggressive team in on Gallardo at this point in the team’s constant search to upgrade their starting rotation this season. Gallardo isn’t likely to be the only pitcher to be traded before the deadline as Colby Lewis may also be on his way out of Texas after the team continued to struggle inside the American League West Division in 2015. One player the team does not seem motivated to trade this season is first baseman Mitch Moreland who is in the midst of a comeback season in 2015. To date Moreland has posted a .287/.333/.529 triple slash this season with 16 home runs despite struggling against left-handed pitching once again in 2015.
7-22-15: On Tuesday, the Rangers scored in six different innings, as they defeated the Colorado Rockies, 9-0. The final run of the contest was scored by Shin-Soo Choo, who tripled in the ninth inning to complete his hitting for the cycle. He tallied four of the Rangers’ 17 hits, as they moved their road record to 28-23 on the season.
7-17-15: The Texas Rangers could become both buyers and sellers at this year’s July 31st trading deadline as the team remains unsure whether the team should build towards 2016 or make a run at it in 2015. The team has been linked to Cole Hamels in recent weeks and has also been rumored to be shopping current pitcher Yovani Gallardo and may do both before the calendar changes to August. While it seems unlikely that the team will trade for Hamels this season due to the fact that so many players are coming off the disabled list, the team is falling farther and farther behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the price of Hamels you never can tell what will happen at the MLB July 31st non-waiver trading deadline from year to year. One thing that could keep the team from a complete selling spree is the fact that the team is getting healthy at the perfect time in the season. Texas has already welcomed back starting pitcher Matt Harrison this month and is set to also welcome back fellow rotation mate Martin Perez before the calendar changes to August. Perez is fresh off Tommy John surgery and is expected to be back with the team for the first game after the All-Star break on Friday.
7-13-15: Mitch Moreland hit his 15th and 16th home runs of the season on Saturday, but they came in a 6-5 loss on Saturday against the visiting San Diego Padres. Unfortunately, it was Texas’ bullpen to blame in both of the games during the weekend. In addition, the Rangers’ offense struggled in Sunday’s 2-1 loss, going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The loss on Sunday was the Rangers’ seventh in their last eight games.
7-8-15: On Sunday, the Rangers activated outfielder Delino DeShields from the 15-day disabled list, but even his offensive infusion has not helped Texas get back to above .500 on the season. He went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs in Sunday’s 12-6 loss against the Los Angeles Angels, and he registered a double and scored a run in four at-bats in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
6-30-15: The Rangers had a very successful Monday in Baltimore, as they scored eight runs on 14 hits and won the game by seven runs. Mitch Moreland homered twice for his 11th and 12th ones of the season. Carlos Corporan and Shin-Soo Choo also slugged home runs, as the Rangers won for the second time in their last three games after suffering a six-game losing streak.
6-16-15: In Rougned Odor’s first game since May 8, he went 3-for-3 with a game-high two runs batted in, as the Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-1, on Monday. Texas took advantage of its baserunners in the victory: the team had six hits and just four men left on base.
6-8-15: Joey Gallo gave the Rangers some great offensive production in his Major League Baseball debut on Tuesday, as he had three hits, including a home run, scored three runs and drove in four runs. Although the rookie had just one extra-base hit in the five games since, the Rangers won both of their series this past week. Texas will need to continue its strong play with Josh Hamilton being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring last week.
6-5-15: The Texas Rangers promoted one of their top pitching prospects this week in Chi Chi Gonzalez which could create the best kind of problem to have for the team, too much good pitching and not enough innings to give to them all. Texas currently has Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Martin Perez rehabbing and working their way back from injuries which could make some hard and interesting decisions for the Rangers GM. With the promotion for Gonzalez the team was forced to designate infielder Tommy Field for assignment after the middle infielder struggled at the plate for most of his 45 big league at bats this season. While the Rangers got a small glimpse into their future with Gonzalez the team got a huge glimpse into their future when they called up top hitting prospect Joey Gallo from their Triple-A team to replace the injured Adrian Beltre. Beltre has a sprain and a laceration on his left thumb forcing the team to call up the monster hitting prospect Gallo. While the team added Gallo the team lost outfielder Josh Hamilton this week after he strained his hamstring. Hamilton is fresh off the disabled list after an offseason shoulder surgery cost him the first two months of the 2015 season and will now miss at least the next four weeks of the season while his hamstring heals.
6-1-15: On Tuesday, the Rangers promoted third baseman Joey Gallo to the majors after hitting nine home runs in 34 minor league games this season. With Adrian Beltre being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated thumb, the opportunity opened up for the Double-A Frisco star. He will look to help the Rangers continue their hot streak, as they are above .500 for the first time since June 6, 2014.
5-30-15: The Texas Rangers finally welcomed back Josh Hamilton to their roster this week after the team acquired the outfielder earlier in the season from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hamilton had missed the entire season to date with a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery. With Hamilton back many wondered if Texas would return Rule 5 draft pick Delino DeShields Jr. to the Houston Astros but the team announced that they would not take their speedy outfielder out of the rotation with the return of Hamilton. At the time of Hamilton’s activation DeShields was hitting .278/.394/.392 in 94 plate appearances while stealing 11 bases and legging out many infield hits with his massive speed on the base paths. The team will instead find new and creative ways to find playing time for DeShields, Hamilton, Shin-Soo Choo and Leonys Martin in the outfield and in their DH spot. One player that was let go though was Carlos Peguero who was traded to the Boston Red Sox this week for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Peguero was batting .186/.310/.414 in the major leagues this season at the time of the trade.
5-26-15: Texas activated Josh Hamilton on Monday, and he batted fifth in the potent Rangers
batting order. Hamilton walked, scored a run and struck out twice in four plate
appearances. Prince Fielder kept up his strong performance, as he hit his fifth homer run
in his last five games. His 3-for-5 day with three runs and three runs batted in was a large
part of the team’s 10-8 Memorial Day victory over the Cleveland Indians.
5-18-15: Mitch Moreland, who was activated from the disabled list last week, homered on Sunday, as the Rangers defeated the Cleveland Indians, 5-1, to salvage the final game of their
three-game series. Texas’s bullpen, which struggled on Friday and Saturday as well as for
most of the beginning of the season, threw four scoreless innings in Sunday’s win.
5-12-15: The Rangers put together a good week that continued with their 8-2 victory over the
defending American League champion Kansas City Royals. Colby Lewis threw his third
consecutive quality start, and Adrian Beltre, Thomas Field and Prince Fielder each homered in the Rangers’ sixth victory in their last eight games.
5-5-15: The Rangers made the trip to Houston after a frustrating 1-5 homestand against divisional foes. However, Ross Detwiler threw seven innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts, as Texas ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak. Although no Ranger had multiple hits in the 2-1 victory, four of the team’s seven hits were doubles.
4-27-15: On Monday, the Rangers agreed to a trade with the Los Angeles Angels, who they were coincidentally playing against this past weekend, to bring Josh Hamilton back to Texas in exchange for cash considerations. On Friday, the Rangers purchased the contract of Wandy Rodriguez, and he threw five innings of one-run ball in his debut with Texas that evening. Unfortunately, the Rangers fell in that game, 3-2, and then dropped their series to the Angels.
4-21-15: The Rangers alternated losses and wins for their first seven games of the season, but encountered their first streak of the season with back-to-back losses on Sunday and Monday. Ross Detwiler fell to 0-2 after giving up five earned runs for the second consecutive start. In other pitching news, Derek Holland suffered a strain in his left shoulder, and he will not throw for four to six weeks.
4-7-15: Monday’s Opening Day game in Oakland was an ugly one for the Rangers, as they mustered only one hit and lost the contest, 8-0. Ryan Rua, who won the team’s left field starting job out of spring training, had the Rangers’ lone hit in his 29th career game in the majors..
3-15-15: On Thursday, the Rangers announced that Yovani Gallardo is starting on Opening Day on April 6 against the Oakland Athletics. It will be his sixth straight Opening Day start with the previous five coming as a Milwaukee Brewer. In other pitching news, Nick Martinez has won the fifth spot in the Rangers’ rotation, and they acquired left-handed reliever Sam Freeman from the St. Louis Cardinals.
3-25-15: On Monday, the Rangers released left-handed relief pitcher Joe Beimel, who signed an un-guaranteed one-year, $1.5 million contract early in March. The soon-to-be 38-year-old journeyman pitched terribly in spring training, so Texas decided to not keep him aboard. In other pitching news, Derek Holland, who is working his way back from micro-fracture knee surgery, threw three scoreless innings on Friday.
3-18-15: On Tuesday, three-time all-star Yu Darvish underwent season-ending Tommy John
surgery on his right elbow by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida. On the same day,
the team released left-handed pitcher Michael Kirkman. The Rangers also optioned
outfielder Michael Choice and right-handers Luke Jackson and Jerad Eickhoff to Triple-
A Round Rock.
3-4-15: Since the beginning of the 2013 season, Matt Harrison has made just six appearances, all of which were starts. He made more than 30 appearances in the previous three years. Now 29 years old, Harrison is working his way back from spinal fusion surgery, and he is starting to throw from 120 feet. The Rangers are hoping he returns within the first few months of the 2015 season.
3-1-15: On Tuesday, the Rangers placed Jurickson Profar on the 60-day disabled list after he underwent right shoulder surgery the day before. He will be out for all of 2015 after missing the entire previous season. Also on Monday, Texas exercised Adrian Beltre’s $16 million vesting option for 2016. The third baseman is entering his fifth season with the Rangers.
2-17-15: On Saturday, the Rangers signed veteran right-handed pitcher Jamey Wright to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 40-year-old played with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. Last week, the Rangers were happy to hear that Prince Fielder was given a clean bill of health from Dr. Drew Dossett after undergoing season-ending cervical fusion surgery in 2014.
2-9-15: Last week, the Rangers signed outfielders Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Ludwick to minor
league deals with invites to spring training. Schierholtz played in 122 games in 2014 and was a part of the Washington Nationals team that lost in the NLDS after being released by the Chicago Cubs in August. Ludwick spent each of his last three years with the Cincinnati Reds.
2-5-15: The Texas Rangers, after two World Series appearances this decade, are in rebuilding mode. They’ve hired a new manager in Jeff Banister, agreed to terms for a multi-year contract extensions with President of Baseball operations Jon Daniels, signed various players to minor league contracts, and reinstated many players coming back from the disabled list. They also traded for pitcher Ross Detwiler. Rangers tickets this season at Global Life Park have a current average price of $243.73 on the secondary market. Tickets for the home opener on April 10 against the Astros are going for $411.68 on average, with a get-in price of $85.
10-1-14: The 2014 season was awful for the Texas Rangers. Injuries hampered the team's chances, but there were some questionable decisions made before the season even got underway. Last winter, the Rangers signed Shin-Soo Choo to a seven-year, $130 million deal. He then promptly produced his worst big league season ever. Prince Fielder had neck surgery in May ending his season. Texas had a ton of money tied up in some aging veterans with injury questions.
9-30-14: The Texas Rangers final insult to injury, pun intended, was when Alex Rios’ season ended with a bruised right thumb injury. Rios tried to rest the thumb but it has not gotten better and is at the point of risking infection and Rios decided to shut it down for the remainder of 2014. The Rangers are highly unlikely to exercise Rios’ $13.5 million contract for 2015 and instead will probably pay the $1 million buyout. Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar has missed the 2014 season with a shoulder injury and will be shut down for a couple more months to try and knock out the nagging injury to get Profar ready for the 2015 season. Who will manage players like Profar or potentially Rios remains to be seen but one manager it won’t be is former Rangers Michael Young who respectfully bowed out of consideration for the vacant managerial job to spend more time with his family. Texas finished the 2014 season with a 67-95 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: Texas played the role of spoiler last week, as they swept the A’s in Oakland before taking two out of three from the Angels. They’re 9-1 in their last 10 games, and are playing by far their best baseball of the year right now. Unfortunately, it’s too little too late for Texas. They will have a chance to play spoiler again, as they finish up the season with a four-game series against Oakland at home.
9-23-14: The Texas Rangers learned this week that their big free agent signing last winter Shin-Soo Choo would undergo surgery on his troublesome left ankle this week. Choo is expected to rest his ankle for two months before even attempting to run on it but with the offseason looming he should have plenty of time to rehab before Spring Training 2015. Choo will have a new manager to play for in 2015 as Ron Washington resigned from his job as the team’s manager for what was originally described as personal reasons. Washington announced this week that he had an extra-marital relationship which caused him to resign from his job as the skipper of the Rangers. Washington expressed an interest to return to the game at some point but left no timetable to follow. Texas is now in the market for a new manager and the name Michael Young, former Rangers player, has been thrown around the organization as a possible candidate. Another former player that has been considered for the job is Gabe Kapler, former Boston Red Sox, as the team announced that the search for a new manager would pick up steam this week.
9-18-14: After a 1-9 start to the month, the Texas Rangers won a series over the weekend when they swept the struggling Atlanta Braves. They beat Oakland on Tuesday and will need finish strong down the stretch in order to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1973. Colby Lewis will be the only starter to top 150 innings pitched this season, and Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Leonys Martin and Alex Rios are the only players who will play in more than 130 games.
9-16-14: The Texas Rangers are still looking for a full time replacement for manager Ron Washington and may look within the organization at former catcher and first base coach Bengie Molina. Molina has also been considered for the vacant Houston Astros job as well after former manager Bo Porter was fired last week. Molina would likely relate to the young positional players and pitchers that the Rangers currently have on the squad and will have on the team going forward. Speaking of positional players the Rangers have used a staggering 27 positional players this season as their 2014 year was decimated by injury. The Rangers are likely to pick up the option on outfielder Alex Rios for 2015 as well if they cannot work out a reunion with former Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz this offseason in free agency. The Rangers will have to do something to improve on their MLB worst record at the moment. Texas currently has a 57-92 record and will likely lose 100 games this season.
9-12-14: The Texas Rangers all but sealed their spot to select No. 1 overall in the upcoming draft. The team managed to snap an eight-game losing streak with a win last Sunday. Derek Holland tossed seven shutout innings in his second start of the season. Ron Washington resigned as manager Friday after eight seasons at the helm. Tim Bogar, who was the team's bench coach, will step in as interim manager the rest of the way.
9-9-14: The Texas Rangers received
some shocking news this week as long time manager Ron Washington decided to resign as the manager of the team for personal reasons. Texas also officially announced that they would be without ace starting pitcher Yu Darvish for the remainder of the season as the RHP continues to struggle with right elbow inflammation. With Darvish out for the rest of the season the Rangers will lose at least 1,990 days to the disabled list this season which is by far a major league record. To put that number in perspective teams have averaged around 900 days lost to the disabled list for the last three seasons around the league. The injury riddled Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins each led the league last season and lost 1,500 days to the disabled list. The injury bug has hit the Texas Rangers hard and often this season.
9-4-14: Last night, Derek Holland made his season debut for the Rangers as Texas loss to Kansas City 2-
1. Holland was the 38th different pitcher Texas has used this season, tying the 2008 San Diego
Padres, and the Rangers' 60th different player overall, which sets a new MLB record. That sums
up how their season has gone, and the Rangers' only hope at this point will be the No. 1 pick in
next year's draft, provided they can hold on to the worst record in the league.
9-2-14: The Texas Rangers have shut down their top starting pitcher Yu Darvish and will not allow him to pitch again during the 2014 season. Darvish will begin rehabbing his throwing arm injury and start to build towards the 2015 season. Texas has also lost outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for the remainder of the 2014 season after the outfielder had a bone spur removed from his left elbow. Speaking of next year the Rangers are expecting catcher Robinson Chirinos to be a huge part of the team next season behind the dish. Chirinos has gone from being a bench player to an everyday player in Texas and has batted .231/.282/.408 with 11 home runs in 288 plate appearances while throwing out an impressive 38% of would be base stealers. Texas still has the worst record in all of baseball with a 53-83 record and are a staggering 30 games behind the first place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the AL West division.
8-27-14: The Rangers are now two games up in the race for the No. 1 pick for next year's draft. They split a two-game series with the Marlins and lost two out of three to the Royals this past weekend. So far this week, they’ve split the first two games of their series with the Mariners. Yu Darvish was eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, but he hasn’t begun a throwing program. At this point, what is the hurry to rush him back and risk further injury?
8-26-14: The Texas Rangers will hold onto relief pitcher Neal Cotts for the remainder of this season after being claimed by an unknown team on waivers and was pulled back. Cotts, 34, is enjoying a good season in Texas posting a 3.48 ERA and 9.6 K/9 at the time of the mystery team claiming the veteran right hander. Four players did clear waivers this week in Elvis Andrus, Yu Darvish, Shin-Soo Choo, and Adrian Beltre. All four of the aforementioned players can be traded to any team for the rest of the season but a trade for any of those four seems unlikely since Texas believes they can contend in 2015. The Rangers have lost many players this season but the team may be close to getting a player back in Derek Holland. Holland has missed the entire season with a knee injury and has battled some back spasms recently but the lefty still expects to be back in the Rangers starting rotation by the end of the 2014 season.
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.
7-25-13: 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.