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The Texas Rangers headed into the break with the second-best record in the majors at 52-34. They have been on top of the AL West all season, and by far they look to be the strongest team in the AL. However, the Rangers starting pitchers have been beleaguered by injuries this season, forcing them to potentially seek trades to bring in quality starting pitching.
Could Greinke finish the year on the Rangers?
The main focus of the Rangers is on the Brewers’ Zack Greinke. This isn’t the first time they have actively and aggressively pursued Greinke. They also pursued him when the Royals wanted to trade him. With all of the injured pitchers due back by the end of July, acquiring Greinke would be more of a power play than it would be getting him to fill a hole due to injury. It would be very reminiscent of the Cliff Lee trade in 2010. Bring in a big arm, and let that arm carry you to the playoffs.
Also, there have been reports that the latest Texas Rangers trade rumors include interest in Cole Hamels, and that they could be the frontrunner to get him as well. It is well known that the Rangers have a good farm system and they can trade players like Jurickson Profar or Justin Grimm to bring in the ace they covet. There have also been rumors that the Rangers would consider trading Derek Holland in a package to acquire either Hamels or Greinke, although I’d be more willing to bet that the Rangers would include either Colby Lewis or Scott Feldman in a package over Derek Holland.
How this situation plays out over the next few months will be exciting and interesting, and if the Rangers can pull off acquiring a pitcher with the caliber of a staff ace, like they did with Lee in 2010, then look for them to be even more dangerous down the stretch.
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Rangers on winning track
The Texas Rangers are an All-Star team according to Richard Durret of ESPNDallas.com:
Ron Washington is managing the game and brought along his coaching staff, including pitching coaches Mike Maddux and Andy Hawkins to help manage all of the arms at his disposal. The skipper’s lineup card has three starters from Texas: outfielder...
The Texas Rangers are the envy of baseball when it comes to hitting prospects, particularly when it comes to middle infielders. They boast one of the top prospects in baseball in shortstop Jurickson...
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The Texas Rangers' contract with Dominican Jairo Beras has been approved by Major League Baseball, which has suspended the 17-year-old outfielder for providing a false date of birth.
The signing and the suspension were announced Thursday.
Texas signed Beras for a $4.5 million signing bonus last spring, but there were then questions about his age.
Major League Baseball said...
Over the weekend, a lightning delay during the Texas Rangers/Minnesota Twins baseball game caused play to be stopped for nearly 46 minutes.
It also provided us with this interesting video of players running off the field after hearing thunder and seeing a lightning strike in the fourth inning:
Man, Nolan Ryan is not scared by anything...
Double-A Frisco starting pitcher Nick Tepesch tossed eight innings of one-run ball on Tuesday while Jurickson Profar homered and the 'Riders earned a walkoff win. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.
Justin Upton in a Texas Rangers Uniform? Photo courtesy of SI.com
The Texas Rangers have proven themselves to be a top-notch organization that is willing to make moves and spend money to seriously compete for a World Series championship. The Rangers have loaded their MLB squad with an extremely athletic lineup to go along with a pitching staff with multiple power arms. The off-season...
(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Yu Darvish came to America this year with an array of different pitches.
The Japanese ace has already won 10 games for the Texas Rangers with his repertoire of fastballs and breaking pitches.
R.A. Dickey mastered the knuckleball and this season became an All-Star for the first time at age 37.
These days, there...
In what turned out to be a lackluster All-Star Game, the moment of the game may have been a mental lapse by one of the league's brightest young stars.
Mike Napoli hits a lazy flyball to left and it should be an easy play for Harper, right?
Harper loses sight of the ball and Napoli ends up on SECOND after hitting a routine fly.
I know this is just an All-Star game...
On July 11, 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros becomes the first pitcher in history to record 4,000 strikeouts. Ryan notches the milestone dismissing New York Mets outfielder Danny Heep with 3 pitches in the sixth inning.
On July 11, 1968, the Baltimore Orioles name future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver their manager. Weaver, a lifetime minor league player had been...
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners are separated by 16 1/2 games in the AL West, but it's been a different story when they've met on the field.
The best and worst teams in the division have split their first 10 meetings heading into Friday night's opener of a three-game set in Seattle.
Texas (52-34) has scored a major league-high 443 runs and Seattle (36-51) has...
Matchup Insight Rangers vs. M’s Game 1
The All-Star break is behind us. We are now into the second half of the season that most Seattle Mariners fans would like to be over with already.
Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners
Friday July 13
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA
Moneyline: Texas -145, Seattle +135
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Derek Holland (5-4, 5.05 ERA...