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As we've established during our initial team season previews here at The Outside Corner, a club's "four horseman" does not necessarily mean its four best players. The intention is to present the four guys who might have the greatest influence on their team's fortunes with their success or failure during a season. Players like Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo and Neftali Feliz will certainly have an impact on the Rangers if they play well (or don't play well). But the following foursome could have more to say as to whether or not the Rangers are a World Series contender this year.
M-V-P? M-V-P? Maybe that's aiming a bit high. But if the Rangers win the AL West, finish with the league's best record, look like a leading World Series contender by the end of the season, and Beltre puts up the same numbers he did last year, it's hardly an outlandish possibility. The Rangers third baseman hit .315 with an .880 OPS, 30 home runs and ...
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Hey @Rangers fans… See you at "Surprise" Arizona on March 3! #SpringTraining pic.twitter.com/ZiaEmtL0nW — Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 20, 2014 As you can see from his above tweet, Russell Wilson will be attending Texas Rangers’ Spring Training and wearing a number three Rangers jersey. I’m not sure if his contract with the Seattle Seahawks will...
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers workouts have been running a little longer in spring training the past couple of days but Elvis Andrus doesn't seem to mind.
That's because Andrus was part of the winning team Thursday as the infielders took part in the situational hitting game the team in closing workouts with.
The Andrus team beat a team captained by Adrian Beltre in what...
When the Texas Rangers locked up free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo with a seven-year deal this offseason, the team was hoping that Choo’s ability to get on base would help kick-start an offense that has grown stagnant the last few seasons.
The Rangers hoped a top-of-the-line outfielder, who coupled as a stellar leadoff hitter would help propel the team to unseat the Oakland...
Nelson Cruz remains on the free agent market and a reunion with the Texas Rangers hasn’t gained much traction. But the longer he’s available, the more that could become a possibility.
The market for Cruz hasn’t developed as expected. He turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Rangers early in the off-season, which means his signing team has to forfeit a draft...
Texas Rangers’ manager, Ron Washington, said he already has a lineup and batting order in mind for the regular season and he shared it with reporters today:
LF Shin-Soo Choo
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Prince Fielder
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Alex Rios
DH Mitch Moreland
C Geovany Soto
2B Jurickson Profar
CF Leonys Martin
Washington said he is set on batting Fielder third and Beltre...
Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison will have an MRI after back stiffness kept him from throwing batting practice on the first day of full-squad workouts.
Harrison said Thursday he has some concerns after last season. He was the Rangers opening day starter in 2013, but made only one more start before being sidelined by two operations on a herniated disk in his back.
After missing most of 2013 with back and shoulder problems, Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is already having some health issues early in Spring Training. On Tuesday, we reported that neck stiffness caused Harrison to skip throwing his scheduled live batting practice session. The problem has now spread into his back says T.R. Sullivan, Rangers beat writer for MLB.com.By Keith...
Going into the 2014 season, the Rangers' biggest concern appears to be their starting pitching. The team has one, perhaps two spots to fill in its rotation, depending on who's healthy. With Matt Harrison again having back issues, there may be three openings on the staff. So that may be the key question for Texas right now.
But we've already beaten that drum in our...
A day before the first full squad workout, manager Ron Washington revealed his planned lineup for Opening Day. An animated Washington reiterated that Prince Fielder is his three-hole batter and that Adrian Beltre would remain in the cleanup spot.
In fact, Washington said the first five batters are “set in stone.”
Shin-Soo Choo will bat leadoff followed by Elvis Andrus, Fielder...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Shin-Soo Choo knows there are expectations for him to set a tone at the top of the Texas Rangers lineup.
He also acknowledged Friday that he'll probably feel some pressure getting started on his new $130 million, seven-year contract.
The 31-year-old outfielder says he will be himself and not try to do too much. He will keep telling himself to "play...
The Texas Rangers won 91 games last year, but finished short of the post season. In order to get over the hump the Rangers know they need excellent seasons across the board and to remain healthy. The injury updates on Geovany Soto and Neftali Feliz, although not alarming, is something that the Rangers need to monitor, to make sure there are no lingering problems heading into...
There is much new and different for Prince Fielder this spring: new team, new spot in the batting order, and most noticeable, a new haircut. The famous dreadlocks are gone, at least for now.
Fielder also appears to have slimmed down a bit, even if he is still the heaviest player in camp.
"I lost a couple of pounds cutting the hair, so that helps," Fielder said after working...
Nobody has to tell the Texas Rangers what Nelson Cruz supplies: power, lots of it, with the volume turned up full blast in the postseason to the tune of 14 homers and 27 RBIs across 34 games. The issue is demand.
Cruz, who delivered 27 homers and 76 RBIs last season while reduced to 109 games by a 50-game suspension for his Biogenesis association, is the No. 1 free agent left on...
For the past couple of seasons, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has been reluctant to make the big addition that could push his team back into World Series contention. No Zack Greinke, no Cole Hamels, no Justin Upton. Apparently, he and the rest of the Texas front office learned that lesson. The Rangers were one of the boldest and most aggressive clubs this offseason, adding...
Matt Harrison has been shut down from baseball activities after experiencing lower back stiffness on his right side.
Harrison is scheduled to have an MRI exam Thursday. He will then return to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for further evaluation on Monday by Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed both of his back surgeries for a herniated disk last April and May.
Harrison began his throwing...