Rangers reach deals with 16 players

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers agreed to deals with 16 of their pre-arbitration eligible players Friday, leaving just seven players on the major-league roster unsigned. The highest-paid player among those agreeing to deals was right-hander Nick Tepesch, who will earn $517,760 on his split major-league contract. Second baseman Rougned Odor will make $513,850. Also agreeing to...
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Dark horse World Series contenders in 2015

Everyone thinks they know who the favorites for the World Series are this year. But as we saw with the Royals last year, sometimes teams come out of nowhere to make an unlikely postseason run. We’re not talking about trendy sleeper picks like the Mariners, Indians and both Chicago teams. We’re talking about real dark horse World Series contenders, teams that nobody is really...
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Rougned Odor’s Future Looks Bright

Rougned Odor isn’t largely known outside of Texas. With the 21-year-old poised for MLB success, that reality might change. (Mandatory Credit: Getty Images/Mike Ehrman) Rougned Odor, unknown second baseman of the Texas Rangers, has a bright future. Despite FanGraphs’ disappointment in his 2014 numbers and that ghastly .297 on-base percentage, Odor should have a productive MLB...
Via The Sports Journal
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Another Rangers bullpen lefty sidelined

SURRPISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers are now down to two healthy left-handed bullpen arms in camp. Edgar Olmos, who was picked up on waivers from Seattle earlier this week, has a sore shoulder. He's sidelined along with Michael Kirkman, who hasn't thrown this week because of a sore shoulder as well. "We know it's an area we're light," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said. "Our...
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New Rangers manager Banister addresses team: 'Why not us?'

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) New Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finally got to address the entire team Thursday, more than four months after getting the job. In a team meeting before the first full-squad workout, Banister had a simple message. ''Why not us?'' Banister asked the team. The Rangers had an American League-high 95 losses last season, their most since 1985. But Banister...
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Rangers' Double-A affiliate going back to its Roosevelt roots

FRISCO, Texas -- The Frisco RoughRiders are updating their image with an icon of the past: Teddy Roosevelt. The RoughRiders, the Texas Rangers' Double-A affiliate, are named after the volunteer cavalry that Roosevelt recruited and trained in San Antonio in 1898 before leading them in the Battle of San Juan Hill. For 12 seasons in Frisco, the RoughRiders had not done much to play...
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Banister's first-day message rings true with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Why not us? That was the simple three-word message new Texas manager Jeff Banister delivered to his team prior to Thursday first full-squad workout. No players did any talking in the meeting, which lasted around 30 minutes. There was a video played with highlights from the 2014 season but it was Banister who did most of the talking. The message was well received...
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Michael Young embracing new role with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Wednesday afternoon Michael Young realized how different his life with the Texas Rangers is now than during his playing days. It happened right about the time former teammates like Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus were leaving the Surprise Recreation Complex. "I was on the backfields talking about baserunning with the minor league kids and I see all these nice cars...
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Rangers react to Josh Hamilton news

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The news that former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton met with Major League Baseball and reportedly had a drug relapse made its way into the Rangers clubhouse. Hamilton's former teammates were hoping for the best for Hamilton, who won a most valuable player award with the Rangers and helped lead the team to trips to the 2010 and 2011 World Series. "I feel bad...
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Rangers' Darvish feels good facing hitters for 1st time since August

  Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during batting practice Wednesday. Darvish missed the final seven weeks last season because of right elbow inflammation. ''I was able to do some things I'd worked on in the bullpen,'' Darvish said through a translator. ''My command was very good and there was...
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Darvish feels good facing hitters for 1st time since August

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during live batting practice Wednesday. Darvish missed the final seven weeks last season because of right elbow inflammation. After two bullpen sessions already in Arizona, Darvish said his command felt good with hitters in the batter's box...
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Darvish working with all Rangers' backstops

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- If we've learned one thing about Yu Darvish in his three years as pitcher for the Texas Rangers is that he grows attached to his catchers. That hasn't been the case though this spring. Darvish has thrown three times in Arizona and had three catchers work with him, with primary starter Robinson Chirinos getting the nod for Darvish's first live batting practice session...
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Rangers pitchers start live BP sessions

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Wednesday might have been report date for position players for the Texas Rangers but it was also the first time pitchers faced hitters this spring. Live batting practice, which was a first-day staple of camp the past few seasons, began Wednesday for the Texas starters. The first group to face hitters was the top four members of the Texas rotation. That included...
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Martin eager to win leadoff job for Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Leonys Martin may have been the last everyday player to arrive at spring training for the Texas Rangers but it appears that he and manager Jeff Banister are already on the same page as far as his role. Martin, who batted leadoff for the Rangers 35 times last season, would like to remain in that role this year. Banister hinted that could be the case without coming...
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Elvis Andrus Serenading Yu Darvish With R. Kelly’s ‘Bump N’ Grind’

After an injured plagued 2014 season, the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse is rightfully in a joyous mood this spring training. You know, except for the fact that top prospect Jurickson Profar is out for the season … again. But that bad omen aside, it’s all good. As you can see above, starting shortstop Elvis Andrus is in the best shape of his life and is expressing that feeling to...
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Tanner Scheppers drops creepy photobomb on Shawn Tolleson (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers dropped a photobomb on fellow pitcher Shawn Tolleson as he gave an interview in the team's spring training complex in Arizona.Scheppers snuck in and out of the camera shot without disturbing the interview, but the face he was making was mildly creepy.Video via MLB. This post appeared first on Holdout...
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Player Profile #42: Prince Fielder | 1B | TEX

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Fielder ranked 45th overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 42 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). One year into the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler swap, Detroit seems to have gotten the better end of the deal. One year from now, we could...
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The Texas Rangers projected batting order for 2015

The Texas Rangers projected Opening Day lineup for 2015: Yu Darvish the projected opening day starter for the Rangers Shin-Soo Choo OF Elvis Andrus SS Prince Fielder 1B Adrian Beltre 3B Mitch Moreland DH Michael Choice OF Leonys Martin OF Robinson Chirinos C Rougned Odor 2B Pitching Yu Darvish Shin-Soo Choo is coming off an injury-riddled year. His ankle seemed to bother him all...
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Rangers get Olmos on waiver claim, put Profar on 60-day DL

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Texas Rangers have acquired left-handed reliever Edgar Olmos on a waiver claim from the Seattle Mariners. To make room on the 40-man roster Tuesday, the Rangers placed second baseman Jurickson Profar on the 60-day disabled list. Profar had shoulder surgery Monday. Miami got Olmos in the third round of the June 2008 draft. He spent his entire career in the...
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Rangers' lefty relievers see opportunity in numbers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas general manager Jon Daniels joked that the bullpen competition for the Rangers is a lot stronger from the right side than it is from the left side. That's what happens when you only have three left-handers in camp, two of which are 100 percent healthy. But while Daniels said the club will continue to look outside the organization for left-handed relief help...
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Can Prince Fielder Return With a Monstrous Season?

Prince Fielder needs to bounce back this season with power and enormous production for the Texas Rangers. (Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) It wasn’t Prince Fielder’s year in 2014. After three home runs, 16 RBIs and a .360 slugging percentage in 42 games, the 30-year-old first baseman went down for the season with a neck injury. Not exactly how he envisioned starting...
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Beltre glad to get 2016 option 'out of the way' and back to work

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Adrian Beltre may have had his 2016 option picked up by the Texas Rangers Monday but that doesn't mean anything has changed for the All-Star third baseman. "It was a nice gesture by JD (Jon Daniels) and the front office," Beltre said. "It's not going to change a lot. I'll still go about it the same way. It's just nice to get it out of the way." Beltre, 35, would...
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How Adrian Beltre Has Defied Father Time

This is it. This is the year Adrian Beltre finally declines. Yep, you heard it here first, folks. Adrian Beltre is donezo. I mean, come on — dude’s about to be 36 years old. He’s logged 10,001 plate appearances since he entered the league in 1998, a number topped by only Derek Jeter. His defense […]
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Texas Rangers Top Prospect: Joey Gallo

With pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training over the weekend, it is time to finally start getting excited for the on-field production of young invitees as they mix and mingle with the veterans. In this case, the spotlight shines brightest on Joey Gallo, the Texas Rangers‘ top prospect and Baseball America’s No. 6 overall prospect heading into spring training. It...
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Texas Rangers Extend Adrian Beltre Through 2016

Earlier on Monday the Texas Rangers announced that the club had exercised their club option on third baseman Adrian Beltre ensuring Beltre will remain with the club through the 2016 season. Beltre will turn 36 on April 7th and has told the Fort Worth Star- Telegram that he would like to stay with Texas for the remainder of his career as long as the Rangers stay competitive. Ultimately...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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