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Tommy who? In his second year back from TJS, Joe Nathan looked like his usual dominant self saving 37 games for the AL West-runner-up Texas Rangers. Not only did Nathan strike out nearly 11 batters per nine innings, but he did it while posting the lowest walk rate of his entire career. Put the two together and you have a career-best 6.00 K:BB ratio to go with his 2.80 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. All of that was enough to make Nathan the 154th-best player in fantasy last year, which is pretty darn good for a relief pitcher.
Nathan averaged 94.0 mph with his fastball, his fastest since averaging 95.1 mph back in 2007, so I have no concerns about the 38-year-old showing his age this season. Since returning from Tommy John he’s thrown a few more curveballs than he did during his prime, but he’s also generating more ground balls (45.4% last year). That’ll play well in Texas.
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Strengths: SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, BB/9
Neutral: W, L
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The Texas Rangers continued reinforcing their bullpen by signing veteran right-hander Jason Frasor, 35, to a one-year deal on Jan. 3. Frasor will receive a base salary of $1.5 million and will pitch ahead of new setup man Josh Lindblom, a right-hander who was acquired when Michael Young was traded to Toronto in December. The Rangers are in the process of replacing setup man Mike...
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Catcher A.J. Pierzynski is routinely heralded as one of the most, if not, the most hated player in the Majors. But, for some reason, the Windy City loved him...and the two-time All-Star catcher loved Chicago right back. So much so, he did the cliche and thanked his former fans by taking out an ad in the Chicago Tribune this past weekend. That's right, the catcher who helped...
The Texas Rangers are still working hard at rebuilding their team after a rough start to the offseason. Part of their plan includes reinforcing their bullpen after losing relievers such as Mike Adams and Koji Uehara. Yesterday, the Rangers announced a one-year deal with Jason Frasor.
According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the Rangers and Frasor agreed to a $1.5 million...
The Texas Rangers have signed relief pitcher Jason Frasor to a one-year deal. Frasor will make $1.5 million.
Pitching out of the bullpen, the Rangers will hope for a bounce back season from the 35-year-old right handed pitcher. Last season he compiled a 4.12 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 43 2/3 innings.
In nine big league seasons, eight of which were with the Blue Jays, Frasor has a 3.77...
The Texas Rangers will open the 2013 March 31 against the Houston Astros in baseball's season opener.
The game at Minute Maid Park will begin at 7 p.m.
This marks the third time the Rangers have played in baseball's first game. It also happened in 2001 against Toronto in Puerto Rico and in 2003 against the Los Angeles Angels.
The series will follow the Sunday opener...
The Texas Rangers took another step to solidify their bullpen Thursday, signing right-hander Jason Frasor to a one-year deal.
Frasor is the third proven reliever the Rangers have added this offseason, joining Joakim Soria and Josh Lindblom.
Frasor, 35, has played nine year in the majors with the bulk of his work coming in Toronto. Frasor is coming off a 20-12 season in which...
Derek Holland has been backed by an elite offense for his entire career, which would explain his 39-29 career record (57.4 W%) despite a 4.71 ERA and 4.48 FIP. It will be interesting to see how the Rangers’ offense operates without Josh Hamilton in the middle of the order, but Holland should be someone you can count on him for double-digit wins almost every year.
In 2012, he went...
On opening night of the postseason in Venezuela, shortstop Elvis Andrus reached base safely four times in five plate appearances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.
Public opinion of the Rangers’ offseason seems to have taken a negative tone — they lost Josh Hamilton to free agency, and were unable to lure Zack Greinke into their clutches. But despite these two misses the sky is most definitely not falling in Texas. Between its additions around the edges, its addition by subtraction and the trio of prospects that it will graduate to the...
SAMMY SOSAFirst Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER: Texas Rangers (1989), Chicago White Sox (1989-1991), Chicago Cubs (1992-2004), Baltimore Orioles (2005) and Texas Rangers (2007) ACHIEVEMENTS: Career batting average of .273 with 2408 hits, 609 home runs, 1475 runs scored and 1667 RBI. 1998 National League MVP. Ranks eighth all-time in home runs...tops among foreign-born Major Leaguers...
The Texas Rangers have signed bullpen arm Jason Frasor to a one-year $1.5mm deal, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. To make room for Frasor, the team designated Eli Whiteside who has been DFA'd just about every week this offseason.
Last season for the Blue Jays, Frasor went 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA with a career best 10.9 K/9.
The Blue Jays re-acquired Frasor last January after they...