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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In Oct. 2011, left-hander Derek Holland was one of the Texas Rangers’ darlings, nearly pitching a shutout in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series.
Last March, Holland agreed to a five-year, $28.5 million contract extension that includes club options for 2017 and ’18.
But as the winter meetings begin, Holland suddenly could become available in a trade, according to major-league sources.
Such a move could happen only if the Rangers acquired another starting pitcher first, sources say, and is only one of multiple scenarios that the team has in play.
The Rangers are one of the teams talking to free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke. They also are trying to re-sign their own free agents, outfielder Josh Hamilton and catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli.
The team’s current starters are righties Yu Darvish, Alexi Ogando and lefties Holland, Matt Harrison and Martin Perez — and Ogando is something of an unknown after making 57 of his 58 appearances in relief last season. Ri
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A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that catcher Geovany Soto is staying with the Texas Rangers and has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract.
Soto's agreement allows him to earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal has not yet been announced.
Soto, who turns 30 next month...
The Texas Rangers have a child-like Christmas list of needs as they shop around at the Winter Meetings this week in Nashville.
Texas could certainly use some bullpen help. They have to get a starting catcher. Getting a legit No. 1 would be a nice present too. And that doesn't include getting the No. 1 gift on the wish list of several teams Josh Hamilton.
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Getting Geovany Soto back in the fold isn't the big splash the Texas Rangers are hoping to make this offseason, but at least its a start.
Soto agreed to a one-year deal with the club Sunday night, according to a source. The deal is pending physical.
The club didnt offer Soto a contract at the non-tender deadline Friday but was still interested in bringing him back. Keeping...
Catcher Geovany Soto agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers hours after they non-tendered him writes Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Rangers acquired Soto via trade from the Cubs back in July.
The 29-year old catcher hit .196/.253/.338 with 5 HR's, 25 RBI's and a .260 wOBA in 164 plate appearances since joining the Rangers in 2012.
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While waiting to find out whether there will be more talks with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.
Soria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3. The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced...
While waiting to find out whether there will be more talks with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers neared agreement with reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.
Soria, a two-time All-Star, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3. The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced in 2003.
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In news that seems to further push Mike Napoli out the door, the Texas Rangers and Geovany Soto have agreed to a new one-year deal. Soto came over to the Rangers in a trade involving the Chicago Cubs back in July. Even then, his presence had the rumors of Napoli's future swirling.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted the news out last night.
Napoli will feel at home at Fenway Park
The Red Sox reached a 3-year agreement with 1B/C Mike Napoli today, a player long-coveted by Ben Cherington and the Red Sox front office. The 31-year old right-handed hitter will provide some much needed pop in the middle of the Red Sox order. Napoli hit 24 home runs last season and hasn’t hit below 20 since his 2nd full year in 2007...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a 39 million, three-year contract. The deal is subject to Napoli passing a physical, which will take place later this week, the person said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final. A 31-year-old who also...
Mike Napoli is receiving a lot of praise for his decision to come to Boston for the next three years.
The catcher/first baseman signed a three-year contract with the Sox on Monday, and early reports have him slated to primarily play first base.
The Boston Globe‘s Peter Abraham applauded the signing, and ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian believes that with a couple more solid signings, the...
Can Napoli get a leg up in Boston? Photo courtesy of Aggie.
You never know just what to expect from Mike Napoli now that he’s signed with Boston.
If the Angels and Blue Jays knew he would have a .320 batting average with 30 homers and 75 RBI in 2011, they would not have traded him during the previous offseason within one week of each other.
If fantasy baseball players saw him hitting...
Not exactly the biggest news of the winter meeting, but the Rangers agreed to sign Joakim Soria to a two year contract today, and Danny Knobler suggested that it would be in the $8-$9 million range, and Alden Gonzalez adds that Texas got a team option for a third year in the deal as well. This is a bit of an unorthodox move, as Soria had Tommy John surgery in April, and is unlikely...