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Blue Jays claim Rangers pitcher; reliever Rowen becomes free agent

Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning NewsTexas pitcher Ben Rowen is pictured during the Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers major league baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

Rangers lose reliever to Toronto

Left-handed reliever Scott Barnes was claimed on outright waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and right-handed reliever Ben Rowen has cleared unconditional release waivers and becomes a free agent. On Dec. 16, Barnes and Rowen were designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers received Barnes from the Baltimore Orioles on a Dec. 8 waiver claim and Rowen, who made eight relief outings for the Rangers in 2014, spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Round Rock.

Rule forces Texas Rangers to put pitcher on release waivers

The Texas Rangers made a paperwork move with right-hander Ben Rowen, switching him to release waivers. The Rangers said on Saturday that an obscure sub-section in MLB’s waiver rules would not allow Rowen to go onto outright waivers, as the …

Texas Rangers lose another minor-league hitting instructor

Scott Coolbaugh left the Texas Rangers’ organization on Friday, moving to Baltimore as the major-league hitting coach. Coolbaugh served as the Rangers’ minor-league hitting coordinator this year. He was hitting coach at Triple-A Round Rock in 2013. Coolbaugh replaced Thad …

Derek Holland: “Last year showed how deadly I can be when I’m on the mound”

A year ago at the Rangers winter luncheon, we sat down with Derek Holland to discuss his big plans for the winter. They went up in smoke and dog poo when he tripped over his dog “Wrigley” about 10 days …

Jurickson Profar getting healthy

DALLAS -- Jurickson Profar, who turns 22 in February, doesn’t want to miss another year of baseball. He just can’t do it. Profar missed the 2014 season with the Texas Rangers as the flexibility in his shoulders grew unstable. He tried rehab last season and was shut down three times and won’t throw again until next month. There would be times you see Profar early in the afternoon at the ballpark, before the ushers were in place, fielding ground balls, throwing lightly and talking about how he felt.

Texas Rangers infielder homers against familar pitcher

Hanser Alberto, one of three shortstops on the Texas Rangers’ 40-man roster, showed rare power on Thursday night in the Dominican Republic winter league. Alberto hit his first homer for Gigantes del Cibao in a 6-4 win against Escogido.He is …

Rangers interested in former Braves RHP Brandon Beachy

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Rangers to promote from within in left field, but seeking veteran compliment; A couple names to watch for

Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning NewsTexas rookie Ryan Rua hits a three-run homer in the seventh inning during the Houston Astros vs. the Texas Rangers major league baseball game a Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

Rangers’ recently signed right-handed bat still facing trouble with injury that forced him to miss 86 games

Oakland Athletics pinch hitter Kyle Blanks (88) hits a two-run rbi single in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Athletics 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers outfield candidate could get some looks for the infield

Texas rookie Ryan Rua rounds first after clubbing a three-run homer in the seventh inning during the Houston Astros vs. the Texas Rangers major league baseball game a Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. (Louis DeLuca/The …

Rangers notes: Jon Daniels still working to upgrade roster

DALLAS -- At the annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, Texas Rangers president/GM Jon Daniels said the club is still searching to improve the roster via trade or free agency. The team has made small moves, from trading for middle-of-the-rotation starter Ross Detwiler and drafting center fielder/second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. in the Rule 5 Draft. When it comes to medical news, Prince Fielder (neck), Yu Darvish (elbow) and Shin-Soo Choo (ankle and elbow) are progressing well from injuries and should be ready for spring training with no limitations.

Texas Rangers add minor-league arm

The Texas Rangers on Wednesday signed right-hander Mitch Atkins to a minor-league contract that does not include an invitation to the major-league spring training. Atkins, 29, has 10 games of major-league experience with the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore. He spent …

Profar rejects surgery idea, wants to play this season with Texas Rangers

Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar, trying to regain his status as a top prospect, said on Wednesday that he rejected the suggestion of shoulder surgery. “I already missed one season,” Profar said. “I don’t want to miss another one.” Profar …

Rangers talk to Angels about Josh Hamilton

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres have spoken to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim about trading for outfielder Josh Hamilton. Rosenthal says the talks "were exploratory in nature and they did not gain traction." A Rangers source said the Rangers did speak with the Angels but acquiring Hamilton is out of the question. Several reasons are at play here: Money: Hamilton is owed $90.2 million through the 2017 season.

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