TEXAS RANGERS NEWS

An Interview w/ Round Rock Express GM Chris Almendarez

“I was always the kid who showed up early and stayed late after practice and just did everything I could to better myself. I really think that if you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.” Earlier this month I had the opportunity to speak over the phone with Chris Almendarez, General Manager of the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, the...
Via Baseball Essential
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Longtime Rangers clubhouse manager Macko dies at 86

  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 season. He joined them...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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

Should Cubs Retire Sosa’s No. 21? Let The Hall of Fame Decide

The Hall of Fame should be the standard requirement for the Chicago Cubs to retire Sammy Sosa’s No. 21, which means it likely won’t happen. The Chicago Cubs have retired five numbers in honor of six players during the storied 138-year history of the franchise — Ernie Banks (#14), Billy Williams (#26), Fergie Jenkins (#31), Ron Santo (#10), Ryne Sandburg (#23) and Greg Maddux...
Via Sports Mockery
2 days 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Texas Rangers' window is (briefly) closed

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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
5 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
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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

Opportunity there for new DeShields with Rangers

FORT WORTH, Texas –€“ Delino DeShields Jr. thought he would make it to the major leagues in Texas, just not with the Texas Rangers. That doesn't appear to be the case anymore. DeShields, who was a first-round pick by the Houston Astros in 2010, was picked up by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft last week. That could open the door for a major-league debut for the son of the former...
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
12 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
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Japanese reliever Fujikawa

The Texas Rangers have signed Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016. Texas announced the deal Tuesday. Fujikawa spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, but missed much of that time after Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in June 2013. He had 27 appearances with a 5.04 ERA with the Cubs. He had 31 strikeouts and eight walks...
Via AP on Fox
12 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
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals set offense, sign Alex Rios

  On Monday, the Royals went out and signed themselves a right fielder. Alex Rios has been a rumor the last couple of trade deadlines, and it seems Dayton Moore still had his eye stuck on him. Rios signed a 1 year deal worth $11 million. He will take over right field from recently departed Nori Aoki. There are two sides to this signing as Rios has displayed power in...
Via Royals Blue
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Rios headed to Kansas City

33-year-old outfielder Alex Rios is headed to the Kansas City Royals on a 1-year, $11-million dollar contract, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Rios played for the Texas Rangers last year, batting .280 in 131 games. The signing of Rios seems to indicate the end of Norichika Aoki experiment in Kansas City, as well as Jarrod Dyson‘s return to being a defensive replacement/pinch-runner...
Via Baseball Essential
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals, Alex Rios agree to 1-year, $11M deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lanky outfielder Alex Rios, who has long been a favorite among Royals executives, is soon to become a Royal. A source close to the situation on Monday night confirmed an earlier report that Rios had agreed to terms with the Royals on a one-year deal for $11 million. CBSSports.com first reported the agreement. Rios' deal won't be official until he passes a physical...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals waste money seeking outfield help in Alex Rios

The Royals have been looking for outfield help this offseason, whether or not they got it by signing Alex Rios remains to be seen. On Monday the Royals signed the 34-year-old to a one-year deal worth $11 million after he hit a pathetic .280/.311/.398 with four home runs over 521 plate appearances with the Rangers in 2014. I will be as critical as necessary on this one. Alex Rios...
Via Tireball.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Holland forgives dog that injured him and we should too

The holiday season is here. It's a time that brings out the best in people. There's gift giving and good cheer spreading. There's mistletoe kissing and Christmas caroling. There are sweaters, and dreidels, and ladles full of heavily-bourboned egg nog. But most of all, there's forgiveness for the pets and animals that have wronged us throughout the year (That's you, Randy -- I forgive...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rangers Sign Kyle Blanks

The Texas Rangers have signed Kyle Blanks to a split contract, sources tell Chris Cotillo. The deal does not guarantee a 40-man roster spot. Source: #Rangers signing Kyle Blanks. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 15, 2014 Blanks receives split contract, has good chance of making team out of spring training if healthy. #Rangers — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December...
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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