11:59 AM EST, Mon December 22, 2014

Rangers clear roster space for Kyuji Fujikawa and Colby Lewis

The Rangers cleared roster space to make the free agent signings of starter Colby Lewis and reliever Kyuji Fujikawa official by releasing two relief pitchers on Tuesday night. Left-hander Scott Barnes and righty Ben Rowen were designated for assignment. The club has 10 days to trade, release or outright Barnes and Rowen to the minor leagues. The Rangers now have a full 40-man roster with the additions of Lewis and Fujikawa. Barnes was picked up from Baltimore on a waiver claim from during the winter meetings and Rowen spent the bulk of the season with Triple-A Round Rock.

Texas Rangers believe in Feliz as closer

The addition of right-hander Kuyji Fujikawa does not threaten Neftali Feliz’ standing as the Texas Rangers’ closer, general manager Jon Daniels said on Tuesday. Fujikawa, who had Tommy John surgery in 2013 while with the Chicago Cubs, was a premiere …

Rangers building depth in bullpen

With the signing of right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa on Tuesday, the Rangers have made another small baseball statement, over a sexy one, build the bullpen. Neftali Feliz is the closer but given his velocity issues returning from Tommy John surgery last season, there’s nothing wrong with finding backup. Fujikawa is backup. He was mainly a setup man with the Chicago Cubs in two brief seasons but now recovered from Tommy John surgery himself, Fujikawa adds to a young bullpen.

Texas Rangers complete deal with reliever

The Texas Rangers on Tuesday completed the details on a one-year deal for right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. He will receive a base salary of $1 million with incentives based on appearances and innings. The Rangers hold an option on Fujikawa …

Rangers finalize deal with Kyuji Fujikawa

The Texas Rangers announced the signing of right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa on Tuesday to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016. Fujikawa will receive a base salary of $1 million with the opportunity to earn incentives. The deal will become official once the Rangers clear a spot on their 40-man roster. Fujikawa, 34, spent two seasons with the Chicago Cubs compiling a 5.04 ERA in 27 appearances. Fujikawa underwent Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2013 and missed 14 months.

Puerto Rican team asks Texas Rangers for help

Center fielder Delino DeShields Jr., whom the Texas Rangers obtained from Houston in last week’s major-league draft, is in Arlington this week for get-acquainted workouts with his new organization. Santurce, of the Puerto Rican winter league, hopes to have DeShields …

Rangers looking for more ground balls

When you evaluate what the Rangers are looking for in terms of a starting pitcher this offseason, ground balls become a constant theme. With the Rangers trading for left-handed starter Ross Detwiler, they get a man who had fairly decent ground ball-to-fly ball and groundout-to-air out ratios. GM Jon Daniels said Detwiler uses a sinking fastball designed to give the left side of the infield plenty of work. Detwiler also throws a four-seam fastball, changeup, curveball and has worked on a cutter.

Texas Rangers holiday event to include autograph sessions

The Texas Rangers will stage their annual Cowboy Santas toy drive on Tuesday in the Hyundai Club at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The event provides toys and books to children from low-income families in Tarrant County. Donations of new …

Texas Rangers added right-handed bat

The Texas Rangers on Monday signed Kyle Blanks, massive a right-handed hitter with power potential, to a minor-league deal. Blanks, listed at 6 feet 6 and 270 pounds, hit .309 with an .845 OPS, two homers and seven RBIs in …

Rangers sign Kyle Blanks to minor league deal

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Texas Rangers have signed left fielder/DH Kyle Blanks to a minor league contract. It's a split contract where he'll receive a $1 million base salary with the potential to earn $600,000 in performance bonuses if he's on the big league roster. Rangers GM Jon Daniels is determined to create competition and depth on a roster that needs it behind established veterans Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo.

Errors mounting for Texas Rangers infielder

Luis Sardinas, who had 27 starts in the Texas Rangers’ infield this season, had his second multi-error game in four days on Sunday in the Venezuela winter league. Sardinas, playing shortstop, had a wild throw and a misplayed grounder on …

Texas Rangers not on Oakland’s radar?

Oakland general manager Billy Beane said the state of the American League West figured in his decision to make a series of bold moves in the off-season. It may have only been an unintentional slip, but Beane did not mention …

Texas Rangers minor-leaguer continues scoreless run in Dominican

Right-hander Jose Leclerc had his seventh consecutive scoreless relief appearance in the Dominican Republic winter league on Friday night. Leclerc struck out all three hitters faced during Gigantes del Cibao’s 7-6 win over Licey. Leclerc’s victims — Domingo Santana, Rymer …

Texas Rangers closing in on deal with reliever

The Texas Rangers hope to complete work on a one-year deal for right-hander reliever Kyuji Fujikawa by early next week. The deal hinges on Fujikawa passing a club physical examination. He underwent Tommy John surgery while with the Chicago Cubs …

Rangers close to signing righty reliever Kyuji Fujikawa

The Texas Rangers are finalizing a deal to sign right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, according to a source. At the just-completed winter meetings in San Diego, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the team was going to sign a right-handed reliever, but that the deal wouldn't be finished until next week. Fujikawa must pass a physical, and the club must clear a spot on the 40-man roster before the deal can be final. Fujikawa pitched for the Chicago Cubs the past two seasons, appearing in 27 games; Chicago declined a $5.

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