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Rosenthal: Minor potential trade target

Rosenthal: Minor potential trade target

Ken Rosenthal says lefthanded starter Mike Minor could be available via trade this offseason MLB trade rumors: Mike Minor, Texas Rangers starting pitcher, could potentially be available this offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal, who says that the Rangers are “[left] to ponder trade interest” in the starter-turned-reliever-turned-starter. Rosenthal says that Minor, who has 2 years and $19 million remaining on the contract he signed with Texas last offseason, could potentially be in demand by teams who don’t want to commit the years and dollars that the top free agent pitchers will...
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Sunday morning Rangers things

Sunday morning Rangers things

Sunday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... Evan Grant has a story on Chris Woodward, and his high school coach who was a key influence on Woodward. Levi Weaver talks about the hiring of Julio Rangel as pitching coach, and how it dovetails with the Rangers current goals and philosophy. T.R. Sullivan runs down his list of the ten biggest trades in team history.
SportsDay Nov 17, 2018
'They both needed each other': To know Chris Woodward is to know his late HS baseball coach, whose legacy will live on with the Rangers

'They both needed each other': To know Chris Woodward is to know his late HS baseball coach, whose legacy will live on with the Rangers

The man was about to die. He was living at the home of his former assistant coach because the former assistant's wife, a retired nurse, could tend to him even though he wanted no fuss.But a fuss was going to be made, nonetheless.The principal of the school at which he'd coached baseball so long came over with a few officials and former teammates to present him with Northview High School's first Hall of Fame plaque. Tom Quinley, on oxygen because of the lung cancer, drifted in and out during the short presentation. But he was coherent enough to spot one of his former players, whom he motioned...
Lone Star Ball Nov 17, 2018
Saturday morning Rangers things

Saturday morning Rangers things

Saturday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... Yesterday, the Rangers named Julio Rangel the team’s new pitching coach. Jeff Wilson has a story on the hiring of Rangel, who Jon Daniels says is described as a “connector.” Evan Grant says the focus with Rangel, new hitting coach Luis Ortiz, and new manager Chris Woodward is growth and development. MLB Pipeline identifies one Rookie of the Year candidate for each team, and for the Rangers, they name Yohander Mendez. Gerry Fraley runs down the performances from the Rangers’ AFL contingent. Matt Fisher talks about the...
SportsDay Nov 17, 2018
Open to an opener? Rangers look to use 'openers' more in 2019

Open to an opener? Rangers look to use 'openers' more in 2019

Gerry Fraley, Rangers beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answers your questions about the team in a live chat at 1 p.m. Thursday. Here are some highlights:Q: Any rumors on pitching coaches interviewed?A: Don't discount the possibility of Jim Hickey. It appears that he is on the outs with the Cubs and will not return to Maddon's staff. Hickey would be a significant upgrade for the Rangers.Q: Do you anticipate the Rangers using an opener more in 2019?A: Chris Woodward indicated he is open to the idea. Given the potential patchwork nature of the rotation, would expect...
SportsDay Nov 16, 2018
Rangers' new staff may be piling up first-year coaches, but don't underestimate their ability to make a positive impact

Rangers' new staff may be piling up first-year coaches, but don't underestimate their ability to make a positive impact

They are treating this almost as if they are starting from scratch.And maybe they are.The Rangers have fallen on hard times, some of it self-inflicted, some of it the natural aging out of a competitive window, but their hires this offseason certainly seem geared towards a long-range vision rather than a short-term turnaround.The new manager is 42 and has never managed in professional baseball. The new hitting coach, Luis Ortiz, is a first-timer in that role. So, too, is new pitching coach Julio Rangel, whose hiring was announced Friday. That's a whole lot of inexperience. Or a whole lot of...
www.bostonherald.com Nov 16, 2018

Julio Rangel hired as Rangers' pitching coach for Woodward

ARLINGTON, Texas — Julio Rangel has been hired by the Texas Rangers as pitching coach for new manager Chris Woodward.Rangel will be with a big league staff for the first time after 12 years as a pitching instructor and coordinator at the minor league level with the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians.With Rangel's hiring Friday, the Rangers have filled six spots on Woodward's staff.Rangel, 43, was minor league pitching coordinator for the Giants this year, his only season in the San Francisco organization. He spent the previous 11 seasons in the Indians organization, including a...
Lone Star Ball Nov 16, 2018
Texas Rangers hire Julio Rangel as pitching coach

Texas Rangers hire Julio Rangel as pitching coach

The Rangers have hired Julio Rangel as their new pitching coach The Texas Rangers have hired Julio Rangel as the team’s new pitching coach, the team announced today. Rangel was the minor league pitching coordinate for the San Francisco Giants last year, and was with the Cleveland Indians for eleven seasons before that. Rangel, 43, is a native of Panama who was a minor league pitcher in the late 90s and early aughts. He was the Lower Level Pitching Coordinator for the Indians from 2007-15, and was the Assistant Field Coordinator from 2016-17 for the Indians. He left the Indians to...
SportsDay Nov 16, 2018
Rangers go with first-timer as pitching coach: Julio Rangel

Rangers go with first-timer as pitching coach: Julio Rangel

Texas Rangers rookie manager Chris Woodward will have a pitching coach making his major-league debut in 2019.The Rangers on Friday unveiled Julio Rangel as their pitching coach. Rangel, 43, has never worked at the major-league level.Rangel served as San Francisco's minor-league pitching coordinator in 2018. He spent 11 years in the Cleveland organization before that. His duties included Lower Level Pitching Coordinator (2007-15), Latin America Player Cultural/Baseball Mental Skills Coordinator (2007-10).As assistant field coordinator, Rangel implemented player-development initiatives at...
SportsDay Nov 16, 2018
Will the Rangers be big free agency players this offseason?

Will the Rangers be big free agency players this offseason?

Gerry Fraley, Rangers beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answers your questions about the team in a live chat at 1 p.m. Thursday. Here are some highlights:Q: Why did the Rangers decline Robinson Chirinos' option for 2019? He is a good starting catcher at a cheap price.A: The Rangers are looking for better defense from the position. Chirinos' strength is his bat. He could still return, but the Rangers wanted to examine the market and therefore declined the option. Keep Jeff Mathis in mind. He's not much at the plate but is an exceptional defensive catcher. He learned...
SportsDay Nov 16, 2018
A final look at the Texas Rangers' performances in the Arizona Fall League

A final look at the Texas Rangers' performances in the Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League, which brings together top prospects from every major-league organization, ended on Thursday. A look at how the Texas Rangers' representatives fared:+ Outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez finished a strong first professional season by hitting .327 with a .916 OPS for 52 at-bats and playing strong defense. Martinez stood out for his speed and advanced knowledge of the strike zone.+ Infielder Charles Leblanc showed signs of fatigue at the end and finished at .292 with a .735 OPS for 65 at-bats. Leblanc had only two extra-base hits, unusual for a setting in which conditions...
SportsDay Nov 15, 2018
Report: Rangers reach agreement with catcher Jeff Mathis

Report: Rangers reach agreement with catcher Jeff Mathis

According to reports, the Rangers and longtime MLB catcher Jeff Mathis have agreed to a two year deal, pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the news first. Mathis, a 14-year veteran, has caught over 800 games in the major leagues with four teams, including A.L. West rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Rangers insider Evan Grant recently called Mathis an 'always reliable defender' who can still control the running game SportsDay's Gerry Fraley also brought up Mathis as a possible option for the Rangers in his weekly chat.Q: Why did the Rangers decline Robinson Chirinos'...
Lone Star Ball Nov 15, 2018
Texas Rangers, Jeff Mathis agree to two year deal, per rexport

Texas Rangers, Jeff Mathis agree to two year deal, per rexport

The Texas Rangers and Jeff Mathis have agreed on a two year deal, per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter. Mathis, who will be 36 when he season starts, was a long-time catcher for the Anaheim Angels whose defense kept Mike Napoli on the bench. He also spent time with Toronto and the Marlins, and spent the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks. Saying that Mathis can’t hit is an understatement — he’s a historically bad hitter, putting up a career .198/.258/.306 slash line in his career. However, he’s considered s top-notch defensive catcher, and the Rangers have indicated that they wanted...
SportsDay Nov 15, 2018
The Rangers prospect that could have the biggest impact in the majors in 2019

The Rangers prospect that could have the biggest impact in the majors in 2019

Q: Who is the better CF prospect, Leody Taveras or Julio Pablo Martinez?A: Right now, it is Martinez because of age and experience. He is 24, five years older than Taveras, and played in Cuba's high-powered Nacional Series. Martinez will get to the majors first, but that it not to downgrade Taveras. He had a rough season in the High A Carolina League but is only 19. If Taveras were in college, he'd be a first-round draft choice.Q: What player in the Rangers farm system will make the biggest impact on the big league club in 2019?A: RHP Jonathan Hernandez, after the All-Star break. He has plus...
SportsDay Nov 15, 2018
Report: Cleveland coordinator candidate for Rangers pitching-coach job

Report: Cleveland coordinator candidate for Rangers pitching-coach job

Ruben Niebla, Cleveland's minor-league pitching coordinator, is a candidate to become the Texas Rangers pitching coach, Cleveland.com reported on Thursday.Niebla has been with the Indians for 18 years and has heavily figured in the organization's ability to develop pitchers. Right-hander Corey Kluber of Coppell, a two-time Cy Young winner, is his most noteworthy accomplishment.Kluber had had a lackluster three-plus seasons in the San Diego minor-league system when the Indians acquired him in 2010. Niebla helped Kluber fixed his mechanics and also recommended the addition of a two-seam...

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