Found February 18, 2012 on
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The Texas Rangers will open spring training with 58 players vying for the 25 spots.
While all 58 are looking to make some sort of impression, big springs are more important for some than others.
Here's a look five players who need to have big springs to prove they belong in Arlington.
OF Julio Borbon Remember when Borbon looked like he could be a fixture in the Texas outfield? That was 2009, when he hit .312 in 46 games and stole 19 bases, showing flashes of a player the Rangers were hoping was their centerfielder of the future. He wasn't bad in 2010, spending the entire year in Texas. But 2011 was a bad one all around for him, struggling in Texas (.305 on-base percentage) before getting sent down to Round Rock. His season came to an end following ankle surgery. Borbon spent the winter playing in the Dominican, but didn't even hit .200. The centerfield job is open but Borbon has to show he's deserving, as Craig Gentry earned his stripes last year with Texas and...
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The Texas Rangers will begin working out in Surprise, Ariz., next week in what they hope is the beginning of the process to returning to the World Series for a third-consecutive year.
There will be a lot of eyes on the Rangers this year because of the moves the team has made on and off the field since losing Game 7 of the World Series to St. Louis last year.
Here are the top five...
Key Stats: Mike Napoli started only 102 games last year, but still came out as a top 60 overall player in the Yahoo rankings. He went to the DL in June with a strained oblique, but other than that was healthy for the rest of the regular season. And the numbers showed it. Napoli hit .443 in July and .383 in the second half last season. He smashed 18 home runs after the all-star break...
So 2011 was a weird year for Adrian Beltre‘s fantasy owners. First they suffered through a disappointing .259 batting average and not so bad 14 home runs through the first 82 games. Then he turned his season around in July hitting .358 with six home runs in 18 games before getting injured and missing all of August. He then returned in September and hit the ball with an authority...
A pair of AL West clubs are working on a deal that would send Texas Rangers’ RHP Koji Uehara to the East Bay, according to Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury. With the A’s trading away their closer, Andrew Bailey, to the Red Sox this off-season, they were in the market for someone to
I’ll be the first to admit, if Elvis Andrus didn’t play shortstop he wouldn’t be worth a draft pick this high, but given his position and skill set you can definitely justify it. He dominates in two categories (R, SB) and has the ability to contribute solid in another (BA). His xBA last season was .299, or 20 points lower than his actual batting average. He’s still only...
Right-handed reliever Koji Uehara would go to Oakland either for prospects or a utility infielder.
New-look AL West: The Hot Stove was burning in the American League West this off-season more than any other division in baseball. Sure, Miami of the National League East was busy early on, but all four AL West teams did something significant this winter. These names are now in the AL West: Albert Pujols (Anaheim), Yoenis Cespedes (Oakland), Jesus Montero (Seattle), and Yu Darvish...
Strengths: Simply put, offense. The best offense in the league when healthy, the Rangers’ offense is good enough to keep them in any game. The pitching has improved as well, rotation and bullpen, making this one of the most complete teams in the majors.
Weaknesses: Injuries have plagued key players such as Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre. The bullpen could also...
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Just three days before pitchers and catchers were set to report, Rangers reliever Koji Uehara was uncertain Sunday if he'd still be with the team at the start of camp.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Depending on who was asked, the Texas Rangers' attempts to trade Koji Uehara could be to free up money to add Roy Oswalt, or to add Michael Gonzalez, or to trade a player who doesn't seem happy to be with the two-time American League champions.
The odd thing is, Yu Darvishs first camp in Surprise may be Josh Hamiltons last.
The A's are close to completing a trade for Texas Rangers reliever Koji Uehara, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.