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Longtime Rangers clubhouse man Macko dies at 86

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Joe Macko, who hit 306 home runs in nearly 2,000 minor league games before a long career as a clubhouse manager with the Texas Rangers, has died. He was 86. The Rangers said Macko died Friday at an assisted living center in Fort Worth. Macko was manager of the Texas League's Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs when the Washington Senators moved to Texas after the 1971...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Texas Rangers’ Window Is (Briefly) Closed

The 2014 season was, in no uncertain terms, a disaster for the Texas Rangers. Injuries destroyed a promising club and left them in the basement of the American League West with a 67-95 record, losing more games than even the lowly Astros. As easy as it might be to right 2014 off to injury, the […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers rumors: Three options for DH

A lot has been talked about for the Texas Rangers this off season. One main position being overlooked is DH. All this hype about who’s going to back up Darvish and Holland, as well as play left-field it seems as though the designated hitter is being overlooked. Last season, Mitch Moreland was the starting DH at the beginning of the season for the team. This would change however...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays claim Scott Barnes off waivers, A’s send Fernando Rodriuez to Triple-A

The Blue Jays claimed left handed pitcher Scott Barnes off waivers from the Rangers. Barnes, 27, has pitched just 27 2/3 innings at the big league level posting a 5.20 ERA. He will be looked at as a bullpen option in spring training but could just as well be ticketed for Triple-A. No one claimed Fernando Rodriguez and the A’s have sent him outright to Triple-A. Rodriguez was...
Via Tireball.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Met Rangers RHP Phil Klein with Next Level Ballplayer!

My buddy Franco at Next Level Ballplayer is always rubbing elbows with guys in the bigs. I had the chance to meet and listen to him interview a promising young Texas Rangers reliever from nearby Gahanna, Phil Klein. Nice guy, can’t wait to see what he does in 2015.
Via Diamond Hoggers
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Texas Rangers have signed Kyuji Fujikawa

The Texas Rangers made another splash in free-agency. This time, it had to do with pitching. The team signed free agent right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. The Rangers reportedly signed Fujikawa to a one-year deal for a club option until 2016. Fujikawa is expected to make around $1.1 million dollars with the club and has the opportunity to earn incentives as well. The team feels...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers: Ranking the Top 10 Prospects

#1 – Jorge Alfaro – Alfaro has a cannon of an arm behind the dish, but his receiving ability is not quite there. It is solid, just not yet elite but it could be. At the plate, Alfaro has very good power who can hit plenty of doubles and put together home run numbers in the high-teens to low-20s. He hit .261 at both High-A and Double-A in 2014 but only walked 29 times while striking...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniels pleased with roster Rangers have put together

Texas Rangers fans hoping for general manager Jon Daniels to deliver a new player for Christmas may be disappointed. Despite not making a big splash yet this offseason, Daniels likes the direction the roster is heading for a team that finished in last place in the American League West in 2014. "I think there are a few areas we'd still like to add some depth and we may," Daniels said...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Injury Update: Matt Harrison hoping to throw in January

The Texas Rangers look ahead this winter to improving the club which won just 67 games this past season. Injuries played a major part in the brutal season, as only four players appeared in over 120 games and no pitcher made 30 starts. One pitcher who lost most of the season was Matt Harrison. The good news is that he's hoping to throw in January and should contribute next season...
Via Sports Injury Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers make Fujikawa deal official

The Texas Rangers have liked Kyuji Fujikawa since they scouted him when he was a dominant closer in Japan. The Rangers aren't getting that version of the veteran right-hander, 34, who they signed to a one-year deal for $1 million plus performance bonuses Tuesday. But the version they are getting they believe will be able to help out in the bullpen. "We're very excited to add a veteran...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Japanese reliever Fujikawa to one-year deal

Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa signed a $1 million, one-year deal Tuesday with the Texas Rangers that includes a club option for 2016. Fujikawa was a standout reliever in Japan before spending the last two seasons with the Cubs. His time in Chicago was limited because of Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow. His deal with the Rangers includes performance-based...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Choice eager to compete for starting spot with Rangers

FORT WORTH, Texas – Michael Choice's 2014 baseball season couldn't have gotten off to a better start. The hometown star made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career with the team he grew up watching in the Texas Rangers. It was pretty much all downhill from there on for Choice though, whose season included a demotion to Triple A and a strained hamstring that ended...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Rios And Problems of Perception

Why Alex Rios can't win the battle of optics when it comes to his contract
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers: Free Agency and Trade Report

Scott Barnes The Texas Rangers have kept quiet this offseason making transactions behind closed doors. At the end of last season, Texas made it known that pitching would be something they needed to work. In the past two weeks, the team did just that adding two young pitching prospects through free agency and trade. The first move made by the team this offseason was the signing of...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Lewis, Rangers Agree To One Year Deal

The Texas Rangers and right-hander Colby Lewis have agreed to a one year $4 million deal according to a report by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. The two sides couldn’t agree to terms in time to avoid free agency, despite mutual interest between both sides. Rangers G.M. Jon Daniels said on Tuesday that he believed the two sides could work out a deal by the end of the week. After an...
Via Baseball Essential
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Injury Update: Jurickson Profar, Mitch Moreland

The Texas Rangers look forward to the 2015 season coming off a dismal 67-win season which featured a barrage of injuries. At 17th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 28th in ERA, the Ranges could improve greatly next season just with the presence of a healthy roster. Only a handful of players appeared in over 125 games last season and no pitcher made 30 or more starts. There...
Via Sports Injury Alert
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Should The Red Sox Pounce On Alexi Ogando?

(Associated Press Photo)The Texas Rangers recently non-tendered the contract of 31-year old right-hander Alexi Ogando. Basically, he was the Texas version of Daniel Bard—jerked around by his organization between starting and relieving to his ultimate detriment. While Bard simply lost confidence in his ability, Ogando mostly got injured. Last year, he pitched just 25 innings and...
Via FenwayNation
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Rays slugger Carlos Pena joins MLB Network

MLB Network announced on Monday that former Tampa Bay Rays (among others) first baseman Carlos Pena would be joining their stable of on-air personalities. Pena will be making his debut on Thursday’s editions of MLB Now and MLB Tonight. The 36-year old Pena spent 2014 with the Rangers, and was released after playing just 18 games in the majors. Pena was an All-Star for the Rays...
Via Awful Announcing
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Pena to retire, join MLB Network

Having enjoyed a productive 14 year career in the majors, MLB Network announced that former all-star, gold-glove award winner and comeback player of the year, Carlos Pena will officially hang up his spikes and join MLB Network as an on-air analyst. Pena, 36, spent the 2014 season as a member of the Texas Rangers and after experiencing many of the same struggles that hindered his...
Via Baseball Essential
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Injury Update: Yu Darvish to start throwing in early December

Like many on his team, Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish had his 2014 season cut short due to injury. Darvish, though did manage to play most of the season before inflammation in his right elbow forced him to call it quits on August 10. Now, though, Darvish has recovered, and he will begin his offseason throwing program soon after Thanksgiving. Darvish cleared to throw http://t.co/QnL94NPflP—...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Sammy Sosa: Still alive (probably), still as freaky-looking as all get-out (photo)

Ever since Sammy Sosa disappeared from Major League Baseball, he has surfaced from time to time at some various function, appearance, on his own Pinterest page or what-have-you. The prevailing reaction to each time Sosa reemerges in public elicits is the continued, utter shock at his bizarre appearance (the above haunting image is from 2010,...Read More The post Sammy Sosa: Still...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees 'intrigued' by Elvis Andrus

Could the heir apparent to Derek Jeter be a Texas Ranger? Well, maybe. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are “intrigued” by Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, who is still owed $120 million through 2022. The Yankees would have to feel Andrus is a buy-low candidate whose downturn on both sides of the ball in 2014 was reversible and that, at 26, his best...
Via The Outside Corner
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ron Washington reveals why he resigned from the Rangers

Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington on Thursday made his first public comments since suddenly resigning Sept 5. Washington acknowledged during a news conference that he broke his wife’s trust. The former Rangers skipper did not take questions or go into great detail, but he expressed remorse while addressing reporters. “I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke...
Via NESN.com
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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