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Dec 6, 2019
Rosenthal: Rangers, Lyles agree on deal

Rosenthal: Rangers, Lyles agree on deal

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Reports indicate that the Rangers and free agent pitcher Jordan Lyles are in agreement on a contract MLB Rumors: The Texas Rangers and Jordan Lyles are in agreement on a contract, according to multiple folks on Twitter, pending a physical. Reports say the deal is 2 years, $16 million. Lyles, a righthanded pitcher who turned 29 in October, split the 2019 season between the Pirates and the Brewers. Lyles was ranked by Fangraphs as the #45 free agent of the offseason, with Kiley McDaniel projecting he would get $7 million per year over 2 years, so he was more or...
Dec 6, 2019
Texas Rangers sign Kyle Gibson (offically)

Texas Rangers sign Kyle Gibson (offically)

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Kyle Gibson has officially been added to the Texas Rangers roster The Texas Rangers have officially signed free agent righthanded pitcher Kyle Gibson, the team announced today. With Gibson being added, the 40 man roster now stands at 39. Gibson’s deal is, per reports, a 3 year, $28 million deal with $3 million in potential incentives. The deal is slightly front-loaded, as Gibson will make $11 million in 2020, $10 million in 2021 and $7 million in 2022. We learned over a week ago that Gibson and the Rangers had agreed on a three year deal...
Dec 6, 2019
LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #5

LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #5

Photo by Ron Jenkins/ Congratulations to Hans Crouse, who was named the #4 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings Congratulations to Hans Crouse, who was named the #4 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings... Our list so far: 1 — Leody Taveras 2 — Josh Jung 3 — Nick Solak 4 — Hans Crouse Moving on... Who is the #5 prospect in the Rangers farm system right now? Cast your vote below...
Dec 5, 2019
Michael Pineda, Minnesota Twins agree on 2 year deal, per report

Michael Pineda, Minnesota Twins agree on 2 year deal, per report

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Pitcher Michael Pineda is reportedly returning to Minnesota on a two year deal MLB Rumors: Michael Pineda and the Minnesota Twins have agreed on a 2 year deal worth $20 million, per reports on the Tweetbox. Pineda, who turns 31 in January, put up a 4.01 ERA and 4.02 FIP in 146 IP for the Twins before being suspended late in the season for a violation of MLB’s Performance Enhancing Drug policy. Pineda will miss roughly the first week of the 2020 season as a result of that suspension. Pineda has been dogged by injuries in his career, and missed much of 2017 and...
Dec 5, 2019
Rangers sign three, including Huang

Rangers sign three, including Huang

Photo by John Sleezer/ The Rangers announced the signing of three players to minor league deals, including righthanded pitcher Wei-Chieh Huang Texas Rangers transactions: Wei-Chieh Huang, Rob Refsnyder and Nick Ciutto have been signed to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training, the team announced today. Huang, a righthanded pitcher, was non-tendered earlier this week by the Rangers along with Ian Gibaut, which removed the pair from the 40 man roster. The fact that Huang has already signed a deal which is being announced today suggests that, as we thought...
Dec 5, 2019
Corey Ragsdale named BA Manager of the Year

Corey Ragsdale named BA Manager of the Year

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ 2019 Down East manager Corey Ragsdale has been named the Baseball American Minor League Manager of the Year Corey Ragsdale, the manager of the Down East Wood Ducks of the high-A Carolina League in 2019, has been named Baseball America’s 2019 Minor League Manager of the Year. Ragsdale was the Rangers’ minor league field coordinator as well as being the manager for the Ducks, which meant he was essentially holding down two full time jobs in the Rangers’ organization last year. The Ducks went 87-52 in 2019 before losing to Fayetteville in the playoff...
Dec 5, 2019
LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #4

LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #4

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Congratulations to Nick Solak, who was named the #3 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings Congratulations to Nick Solak, who was named the #3 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings... Our list so far: 1 — Leody Taveras 2 — Josh Jung 3 — Nick Solak Moving on... Who is the #4 prospect in the Rangers farm system right now? Cast your vote below...
Dec 5, 2019
Thursday Morning Links

Thursday Morning Links

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Links! Word around the campfire is that the Rangers are among the finalists in the Anthony Rendon sweepstakes, so Jamey Newberg has a column discussing why that might be a good thing and why it might be a bad thing. Despite the dimensions of the park being virtually the same, the Rangers’ new park is expected to be a more neutral field due to a lack of wind. Evan Grant looks at “plan B” after Zack Wheeler was taken off the table and asks “how would you like some Rick Porcello?” The Rangers unveiled the uniform combos for 2020 and revealed a baller...
Dec 4, 2019
Zack Wheeler to the Phillies: 5 years, $118M

Zack Wheeler to the Phillies: 5 years, $118M

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Zack Wheeler and the Phillies have agreed on a 5 year, $118 million deal, per multiple reports Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a 5 year, $118 million deal, per multiple reports. Evan Grant had reported earlier today that the Texas Rangers, who had Wheeler near the top of their free agent wish list, had been informed they were out of the running. 5 years and a little over $23 million per year is fairly steep for a pitcher with Wheeler’s track record, but after dealing with injuries and ineffectiveness early in his career, Wheeler has...
Dec 4, 2019
Texas Rangers announce dimensions for Globe Life Field

Texas Rangers announce dimensions for Globe Life Field

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The dimensions for the Rangers’ new stadium have been released today The Texas Rangers announced the dimensions for their new stadium, Globe Life Field, today. The specific dimensions all correspond with meaningful numbers in Texas Rangers history. The distance to the foul pole in left field is 329 feet, in honor of #29, Adrian Beltre. Left field then juts out to 334 feet, in honor of #34, Nolan Ryan. The left center power alley is 372 feet, a tribute to 1972, when the Rangers played their inaugural season in Arlington. The deepest part of the park is 410...
Dec 4, 2019
Cole Hamels, Atlanta Braves agree on one year deal, per report

Cole Hamels, Atlanta Braves agree on one year deal, per report

Photo by G Fiume/ Jeff Passan is reporting that the Braves and Cole Hamels have agreed on a 1 year, $18 million deal MLB Rumors: Cole Hamels and the Atlanta Braves have agreed on a one year deal for $18 million, per Jeff Passan. Hamels did not receive a qualifying offer from the Chicago Cubs, who he played for in 2019, so this does not cost the Braves a draft pick or international bonus money. Hamels, who turns 36 this month, put up a 3.81 ERA and a 4.09 FIP in 141.2 IP for the Cubs in 2019. The Cubs acquired him from the Texas Rangers in July, 2018 for Eddie Butler, Rollie Lacy and...
Dec 4, 2019
Rangers out on Wheeler, per report

Rangers out on Wheeler, per report

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Evan Grant says the Rangers have been informed they are out on Wheeler MLB Rumors: Zack Wheeler has informed the Texas Rangers they are no longer a team he is considering, per Evan Grant. Wheeler has been one of the Rangers top offseason targets, but reports had indicated that the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds were very aggressive on him and appeared to be the front-runners. Evan’s story is available here: https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/rangers/2019/12/04/source-free-agent-zack-wheeler-has-eliminated-the-rangers-from-consideration/ With...
Dec 4, 2019
LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #3

LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #3

See the guy scoring? That’s Josh Jung! | Bob Haynes/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Congratulations to Josh Jung, who was named the #2 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings Congratulations to Josh Jung, who was named the #2 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings... Our list so far: 1 — Leody Taveras 2 — Josh Jung As a sidenote, I’m not including this summer’s J-2 signings — namely, Brayan Lora and Maximo Acosta — in the rankings. I figure they are too speculative right now for us to meaningfully rank, and so I’m...
Dec 4, 2019
Texas Rangers fading in Zack Wheeler pursuit

Texas Rangers fading in Zack Wheeler pursuit

This is actually a wad of $100 bills Wheeler is giving to a panhandler after signing whatever his new deal will be | Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Reports this morning suggest that other clubs are more likely than the Rangers to land Zack Wheeler Zack Wheeler rumors continue to swirl, and the Texas Rangers appear to be behind the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds, and potentially others in the pursuit of one of MLB’s top free agent starting pitchers, according to the latest info. Buster Olney writes that the Phillies are seen as the “most potent bidders” for Wheeler, as they...
Dec 3, 2019
Jake Diekman stays with A’s: 2/$7.5M

Jake Diekman stays with A’s: 2/$7.5M

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Former Ranger reliever Jake Diekman has agreed to a two year deal with Oakland Jake Diekman and the Oakland A’s have agreed on a 2 year, $7.5 million deal with a third year option, per reports. Diekman was traded to Oakland last July by the Kansas City Royals, who had signed Diekman to a one year deal last offseason. Diekman is a former Texas Ranger, a fan favorite who came over to Texas from the Philadelphia Phillies as part of the Cole Hamels trade. Diekman was very good for the Rangers in 2015 and 2016, then missed most of 2017 due to surgery stemming from his...