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Big springs crucial for several Rangers

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...

Ian Kinsler says he didn’t know Josh Hamilton was drinking, nor did anyone else

When the details began emerging about Josh Hamilton’s relapse earlier this month, many people were outraged to learn that he was with Ian Kinsler the night he decided to drink. Those who jumped to conclusions wondered, “What type of friend and teammate is Kinsler?” As Hamilton explained during his statement after the relapse, he was extremely deceptive the night he had what...

Mike Napoli Player Projection No. 53

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...

Player Profile #33: Adrian Beltre | 3B | TEX

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...

Koji Uehara to the A’s?

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

Player Profile #36: Elvis Andrus | SS | TEX

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...

AL West Preview

Texas Rangers 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 be...

Fans' guide to Texas Rangers spring training

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...

Player Profile #29: Josh Hamilton | OF | TEX

On a per-game basis, Josh Hamilton is an elite fantasy player, which seems to be a theme for the Rangers’ outfield (re: Nelson Cruz). In his five years, Hamilton has played in 120 games three times, hitting at least .298 all three years, 32 home runs twice, 100 RBI twice, 95 runs twice and eight steals twice. If he meets all of those numbers he’s easily a top 20 player. Hamilton...

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Texas, LHP Cotts have minor-league deal (AP)

Left-hander Neal Cotts has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. Cotts, who appeared in all four World Series games for the Chicago White Sox in 2005, hasn't pitched professionally since having ligament-replacement surgery in July 2009. The Rangers announced the signing Monday and said the 31-year-old will be in their minor league camp.

Darvish runs into Pujols

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has met Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. Darvish has been working out in Los Angeles the past week and apparently ran into Pujols at a gym.
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