6:16 PM EST, Wed January 16, 2019
SportsDay 31 mins ago
Shawn Tolleson ends comeback bid with Rangers, retires from baseball

Shawn Tolleson ends comeback bid with Rangers, retires from baseball

Allen's Shawn Tolleson, who recorded 35 saves for the Rangers during their 2015 AL West title run, announced Wednesday his retirement from baseball, effective immediately, after suffering another arm injury.Tolleson, who turns 31 on Saturday, suffered a setback last week in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He strained the flexor tendon in his right arm. Tolleson hasn't pitched since July 27, 2016 with the Rangers. He suffered a back sprain at the time, then chose free agency after the season. He signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay for 2017, but injured the ulnar collateral ligament in...
Lone Star Ball 58 mins ago
Shawn Tolleson announces his retirement

Shawn Tolleson announces his retirement

Rangers reliever Shawn Tolleson has announced his retirement today Texas Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson has announced his retirement today. Tolleson, 30, underwent Tommy John surgery in May, 2017, and signed a two year minor league contract last offseason with the intent of rehabbing in 2018 and competing for a spot in the bullpen in 2019. He suffered a setback last week in his throwing program, prompting this decision. Tolleson was a waiver claim by the Rangers in November, 2013, and had two quality seasons out of the bullpen for Texas in 2014-15, including being the closer for the 2015...
Lone Star Ball 3 hours ago
Reports: Doug Brocail hired as Orioles pitching coach

Reports: Doug Brocail hired as Orioles pitching coach

Former Texas Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail has reportedly been hired by the Baltimore Orioles as their new pitching coach Doug Brocail, the pitching coach for the Texas Rangers from 2016-18, has been hired as the new pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles, per MLB.com. The Orioles, after a historically bad 2018 season, have essentially started over, firing general manager Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles replaced Duquette with new general manager Mike Elias, who they hired away from the Houston Astros, where he was the assistant general manager in charge of...
SportsDay 6 hours ago
Grass or turf? The Texas Rangers are on the verge of picking an unpopular choice, but it might be the right one

Grass or turf? The Texas Rangers are on the verge of picking an unpopular choice, but it might be the right one

DALTON, Ga. -- The Rangers never intended to go down the plasticized path.When they began the design process for their new retractable roof stadium, major permanent elements were included with the idea of installing and maintaining a natural surface.The roof would move to the west to maximize daylight. The east side of the building would feature enormous glass panels to facilitate growing. They researched hearty paspalum grass.There was no reason to think of anything other than grass. Baseball, after all, is meant to be played on grass, they say. And after a two-decade experiment with...
Lone Star Ball 6 hours ago
2019 ZiPS Over/Under — Joey Gallo

2019 ZiPS Over/Under — Joey Gallo

Do you think Joey Gallo will have an OPS over or under the 889 ZiPS projects for him? With spring training still a few weeks away, and with ZiPS projections for the Rangers now out, I’m going to run some polls asking you to vote over or under the ZiPS projections for various Rangers players. The 2019 ZiPS projection for Joey Gallo is 889...are you going over or under? Cast your vote below...
Lone Star Ball Jan 15, 2019
Texas Rangers claim John Andreoli on waivers

Texas Rangers claim John Andreoli on waivers

Outfielder John Andreoli has been claimed on waivers by the Rangers The Texas Rangers have claimed outfielder John Andreoli on waivers from the Seattle Mariners, it was announced today. Andreoli, 28, has bounced around a bit in the past year, having been signed by the Mariners in January, 2018, claimed on waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Mariners in August, 2018, and then re-claimed by the Mariners in October, 2018. Andreoli is a righthanded hitter who can play all three outfield positions, and has a track record of getting on base in the minors, though he has a 546 OPS in 67...
SportsDay Jan 15, 2019
Texas Rangers acquire OF John Andreoli from Seattle Mariners on waiver claim

Texas Rangers acquire OF John Andreoli from Seattle Mariners on waiver claim

The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder John Andreoli from the Seattle Mariners on a waiver claim. Andreoli made his major league debut last season with the Seattle Mariners. He appeared in three games with the team before joining the Baltimore Orioles where he appeared in 23 games. His first at bat with the Orioles resulted in an infield single.He batted .230 on the year with 4 runs scored, 4 RBI, 5 walks and 19 strikeouts.Andreoli is the son of former New England Patriots NFL defensive end/linebacker John Andreoli Sr., according to The Baltimore Sun. He attended UConn and was drafted in...
Call to the Pen Jan 15, 2019

Texas Rangers: Free agents who could fill the need at 3rd base

The Texas Rangers need someone to play third base as their future first-ballot Hall of Fame third baseman Adrian Beltre retired just before Thanksgiving. A few weeks later, the Texas Rangers were involved in a mega-trade with the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. In it, the Rangers sent the player who was expected to […] Texas Rangers: Free agents who could fill the need at 3rd base - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Lone Star Ball Jan 15, 2019
John Wetteland arrested on sex abuse charges

John Wetteland arrested on sex abuse charges

Multiple reports indicate that former MLB pitcher John Wetteland has been arrested on sex abuse charges John Wetteland has been arrested on sex abuse charges, per multiple reports. He was booked in Denton County jail on the charge of continuously sexually abusing a child under the age of 14, and was released on $25,000 bond. There’s little for me to add to this. Wetteland, of course, was a terrific relief pitcher for 12 years in the major leagues, the final four of them for of them as the Texas Rangers’ closer. He’s spent time coaching since he retired from playing.
Lone Star Ball Jan 14, 2019
Derek Holland signs with Giants: 1 year, $7M

Derek Holland signs with Giants: 1 year, $7M

Former Ranger Derek Holland is returning to the San Francisco Giants on a 1 year, $7 million deal MLB Rumors: Derek Holland and the San Francisco Giants have reportedly agreed to a one year, $7 million deal with a 2020 option, per multiple reports. Holland’s base salary for 2020 would be $6.5 million, according to Evan Grant, with escalators that would make the deal worth as much as $15 million over two years. The Texas Rangers had reportedly been talking to Holland about a possible reunion with Texas, as Holland had a solid bounceback season in 2018 after struggling mightily with the...
SportsDay Jan 14, 2019
Former Ranger Derek Holland returns to San Francisco after discussing a Texas reunion

Former Ranger Derek Holland returns to San Francisco after discussing a Texas reunion

There will be no reunion between Derek Holland the Rangers, after all.The left-hander, who has started the eighth most games in Rangers history, agreed to return to the San Francisco Giants on a one-year deal with a club option for 2019, a source confirmed Monday. The deal, worth at least $7 million guaranteed, could be worth up to $15 million.Holland, 32, had spoken with the Rangers about a return. The Rangers were interested in Holland in more of a relief role due to his extreme success against left-handers last year while with the Giants. It is unlikely the Rangers would have been willing...
Lone Star Ball Jan 14, 2019
Texas Rangers 2019 ZiPS Projections out

Texas Rangers 2019 ZiPS Projections out

Dan Szymborski has the 2019 ZiPS projections out The 2019 Texas Rangers ZiPS projections are out and...well, its kind of ugly. Joey Gallo is the only player projected to have at least a 2 fWAR, Lance Lynn is the top pitcher at 1.8 fWAR, and Adrian Beltre, who is retired, is the second-highest position player on the list. A couple of things that jump out at me...Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara and Willie Calhoun would all have very disappointing years if they perform like ZiPS projects. The third and fourth best starting pitchers by fWAR are Brock Burke and Martin Perez, one of...
Lone Star Ball Jan 11, 2019
Mazara, DeShields agree on one year deals

Mazara, DeShields agree on one year deals

The Rangers settle with their two arbitration eligible players today, thus continuing their streak of avoiding arbitration hearings The Texas Rangers have agreed to one year deals with outfielders Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara, avoiding arbitration. DeShields is getting $1.4 million, and Mazara is getting $3.3 million. Both amounts are a fair amount lower than what was projected. Today was the deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration figures if deals weren’t reached. The Rangers have famously not gone to arbitration since 2000, with Lee Stevens, and today’s...
SportsDay Jan 11, 2019
Rangers avoid arbitration with Nomar Mazara, Delino DeShields

Rangers avoid arbitration with Nomar Mazara, Delino DeShields

The Rangers will avoid arbitration hearings for the 19th consecutive year, agreeing to one-year deals with their only two arbitration eligible players Friday.The Rangers will pay right fielder Nomar Mazara $3.3 million in 2019, a jump of $2.8 million over his 2018 salary. Delino DeShields, the incumbent center fielder who may have to fight to win the majority of playing time, will go $1.4 million. It is more than double his 2018 salary of $561,000. Together with Joey Gallo, who is not yet eligible for salary arbitration, the Rangers figure to pay $5.3 million for their starting outfield. That...
Lone Star Ball Jan 11, 2019
LSB Community Prospect Rankings — Final Results

LSB Community Prospect Rankings — Final Results

The final tally for the LSB Community Prospect Rankings And we are done. The LSB Community Prospect Rankings are now wrapped up, with the top 30 prospects being picked as follows: 1 — Hans Crouse 2 — Leody Taveras 3 — Bubba Thompson 4 — Joe Palumbo 5 — J.P. Martinez 6 — Cole Winn 7 — Taylor Hearn 8 — Cole Ragans 9 — Jonathan Hernandez 10 — Anderson Tejeda 11 — Tyler Phillips 12 — Tyreque Reed 13 — A.J. Alexy 14 — Owen White 15 — Mason Englert 16 — Chris Seise 17 — Kyle Cody 18 — Jonathan Ornelas 19 — Sherten Apostel 20 — Demarcus Evans 21 —...

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