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Report: Philadelphia considering Mike Minor as trade target

Now, here's one for you: The Rangers, who finished second-to-last in baseball last year in starting pitching ERA, might just have something to offer the trade market.According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the all-in Philadelphia Phillies are considering lefty Mike Minor as a trade acquisition. Minor, who turns 31 the day after Christmas, made his return to the starting rotation with the Rangers last year after a season in the bullpen with Kansas City and missing the two years before that. Minor wound up leading the Rangers in starts (28) and innings (157) in 2018 and was the...

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Passan: Phillies, Rangers have talked Minor

Jeff Passan says the Philadelphia Phillies have talked to the Rangers about pitcher Mike Minor MLB Trade Rumors: The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers have “engaged” on the subject of Mike Minor, the lefthanded pitcher who the Rangers signed to a 3 year, $28 million deal last offseason, according to Jeff Passan on Twitter. Passan notes that the Phillies have also been pursuing Andrew Miller, and suggests that Minor could be an option as either a starter or a reliever. The Phillies are looking to be aggressive this offseason, and have made a couple of big splashes in acquiring...

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Ian Kinsler to San Diego Padres on two year deal

The Padres and Ian Kinsler have reportedly agreed on a two year, $8 million deal The San Diego Padres and free agent Ian Kinsler have agreed on a two year, $8 million deal with a third year club option, per reports. Kinsler is reportedly going to play a variety of positions while mentoring young Padres infielders Luis Urias and Fernando Tatis Jr. Kinsler, of course, came up with the Rangers and was a key part of the A.L. Championship teams before being dealt to Detroit for Prince Fielder in what was arguably the worst trade of Jon Daniels’ stint as g.m. Kinsler signed with the Angels...

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Trade Analysis: The cost of Alex Claudio

Is the lefty worth the compensation pick? The Milwaukee Brewers made one significant move during the Winter Meetings: acquiring Alex Claudio from the Texas Rangers for their Competitive Round A draft pick, 40th overall in the 2019 MLB First Year Player Draft. The trade brings Major League Baseball to rarely traveled territory by sending a big league player for a draft pick. So, what does the cost actually come out to? Those who’ve followed my work on this website and social media know this trade was a downer for me. The draft is fun, I love to follow the minor leagues, and it takes a huge...


3 things the Rangers still need to address after the winter meetings, including what to do with Jurickson Profar

A quick winter meetings summation on the Rangers activity:They signed a starting pitcher. They made a straight swap of major league players and traded another player for draft flexibility. They claimed a player off waivers. They made a Rule 5 draft selection and not one, but, two Rule 5 trades.Truth: They might have been the most active of teams in Las Vegas.And that's after an offseason that's already seen them hire a new manager and coaching staff and reshape the front office."It's been the busiest we've had that I can remember," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "And there will be...


He's no Santa Claus, but here's all of the gifts Lance Lynn will bring to Texas Rangers fans next season

Lance Lynn isn't exactly Santa Claus, but he comes to town bearing a big ol' bag of gifts, nonetheless.To wit:Besides keeping the Rangers' kids down on the farm where they belong, at least for now, Lynn's presence allows Edinson Volquez and Drew Smyly to take a giant step back in the rotation. Two would be better.Lynn's three-year, $30 million salary will be extremely attractive at the trade deadline if he's pitching well and the Rangers are in the tank. Contenders aren't as interested in rentals anymore. Lynn's contract is more than reasonable if he performs like he did for the Yankees last...

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Rangers trade Claudio, lose Garrett, acquire Romano

The Rangers have dealt lefthanded reliever Alex Claudio for a first round draft pick and have acquired Rule 5 pick Jordan Romano Texas Rangers transactions: Alex Claudio has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for a draft pick, and pitcher (and Rule 5 pick) Jordan Romano has been acquired by the Rangers today, in a flurry of end-of-the-winter-meetings-moves. Claudio was one of the Rangers’ player development success stories...there were people clamoring for Claudio, a sidearming lefty reliever drafted in the 27th round of the 2010 draft, to be released a few years ago. But he...


Lance Lynn agrees to contract with Rangers after short Yankees stint, per reports

After joining the Yankees at last seasons trade deadline, Lance Lynn will reportedly be heading to the Texas Rangers.         


Rangers lose a pitcher, pick a pitcher, trade a pitcher in Rule 5 draft

LAS VEGAS - The Rangers, a team thin on pitching at the upper levels of the minor league system, still managed to lose a pitcher in the first round of the Major League Rule 5 draft Thursday, the last official event of MLB's winter meetings.The Rangers, however, also picked up a pitcher. Then they traded him for another pitcher. Rule 5 mania is a crazy thing.Detroit, with the fifth overall pick in the draft, selected right-handed power relief arm Reed Garrett from the Triple-A Nashville roster. Garrett, who turns 26 in three weeks, was on the 40-man roster last year, but removed at the end of...

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Tanner Roark on trade to Cincinnati Reds, time with Washington Nationals + more...

Mike Rizzo described Tanner Roark as an organizational success story after the pitcher debut in the majors in 2013. Roark was traded to the Reds tonight... Tanner Roark was a 25th Round pick in the 2008 Draft by the Texas Rangers, acquired by the Washington Nationals along with right-hander Ryan Tatusko in a July 2010 trade that sent Cristian Guzman to the Rangers. Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo described Roark as an organization success story in an MLB Network Radio interview in 2014, explaining that the Nationals’, “professional scouts, Jay Robertson in particular, and our scouting department...

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Brewers acquire reliever Alex Claudio in trade with Texas Rangers

The Brewers will send their competitive balance pick to Texas in exchange for the lefty reliever It took until the last day of the Winter Meetings, but David Stearns got back to slinging. The Brewers are trading their competitive balance pick in next year’s draft — the 39th pick overall — to the Texas Rangers in exchange for funky lefty Alex Claudio, according to Ken Rosenthal. #Rangers getting #Brewers’ competitive-balance pick for LHP Alex Claudio, sources say.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 13, 2018 Claudio is in his first year of arbitration eligibility and is...


Source: Rangers closing in on three-year deal for free agent starter Lance Lynn

The Rangers didn't land Charlie Morton, but might instead end up with the NEXT Charlie Morton: Lance Lynn.A source confirmed Wednesday that the team was nearing a three-year, $30 million deal with Lynn, 31, to join their rotation. The deal appears to be lacking only a physical from becoming final.The news trickled out only hours after reports confirming Morton's two-year deal with Tampa Bay. Morton, 35, took the next step in his career in his mid-30s, ramping up his velocity and sharpening his curveball after signing with Houston.Last year, in a season split between Minnesota and the New York...

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Rosenthal: Rangers, A’s talking Profar trade

Ken Rosenthal says the Oakland A’s are talking to the Rangers about infielder Jurickson Profar MLB Trade Rumors: The Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers have talked about infielder Jurickson Profar, according to Ken Rosenthal. Profar, who has two seasons left prior to hitting the free agent market, is currently slated to be the Rangers’ third baseman in 2019, though his best position is second base, where the A’s would likely want to use him. Profar had a breakout 2018 campaign that saw him perform more like the Rangers thought he would back when he was the #1 prospect in baseball. The...

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Happ to NYY, Rangers in on Morton, Lynn

While J.A. Happ is off the board with a three year deal to the Yankees, T.R. Sullivan says the Rangers are still in on Lance Lynn and Charlie Morton MLB Rumors: The Texas Rangers are in on Lance Lynn and Charlie Morton, according to T.R. Sullivan, while J.A. Happ is apparently off the board now. Happ has, per multiple reports, agreed to a three year deal with the New York Yankees. The Rangers are, by multiple accounts, pursuing pitching in the lower- to middle-range of the free agent market. Lynn and Morton are each veteran righthanders who could end up being snagged for two year deals,...


Rule shift? Joey Gallo's 'Christmas wish' would change the game for Rangers, MLB if granted

LAS VEGAS - About these winter meetings, taking place on the Las Vegas strip, there is this neat little narrative: A Vegas guy, Bryce Harper, could change the game this week by deciding from which team he would be willing to accept hundreds of millions of dollars.The idea is right: A Vegas guy could force grand changes to the game.It’s just the lead character that is wrong.The guy with ability to change the game is that “other” Vegas guy: Joey Gallo.Sure, Harper’s going to get $300 million or more on the free agent market. His agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly accepting visitors in a...

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Mets Morning News for December 12, 2018

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Though a three-team deal appears to be less likely, the Mets are still being very aggressive in trying to acquire Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Meanwhile, Yasmani Grandal has been reported as “a real possibility” for the Mets if they fail to land Realmuto. The Rangers have reached out to the Mets about young, controllable pitching. Amidst his name circulating around trade rumors, Amed Rosario is excited to play across from Robinson Cano. On Tuesday, Mickey Callaway said Jeff McNeil will not be...

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Lynn, Happ of interest to Rangers, per Sullivan

T.R. Sullivan says the Rangers have J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn on their free agent starting pitcher wish list MLB rumors: The Texas Rangers are after Lance Lynn and J.A. Happ, it appears, with T.R. Sullivan saying those two are “on the Rangers free agent wish list,” while also mentioning Charlie Morton as being on the radar. Lynn is someone I have mentioned before as being someone who the Rangers should be looking at this offseason. Lynn, 31, is a guy who has been an innings-eater in his career before missing the 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery. He had a good-ERA/bad-peripheral...


Rangers need to follow Rays' lead ant dive deeper into creative approaches to starting pitching

LAS VEGAS - To understand where the Rangers are in their search for starting pitching, all you need is a little Las Vegas imagery.The winter meetings are going on in the glitz of the strip while the Rangers are down on Freemont Street searching for the penny slots. They aren't playing in the same league.The Patrick Corbins and Nate Eovaldis of the world? The Rangers love both but weren't in a position where signing one or the other would solve their issues.Trading for Sonny Gray? He's got one year to free agency; the Rangers are probably at least two from realistically competing.The next tier...

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Heyman: Rangers looking to get in on Realmuto

Jon Heyman says the Texas Rangers are one of the teams in on Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto Texas Rangers trade rumors: J.T. Realmuto is being shopped by the Miami Marlins, and the catcher is generating lots of interest (and has a high ask by Miami). Interestingly, Jon Heyman says that the Texas Rangers are one of the teams “looking to get in on” the All Star catcher. Realmuto, 27, is considered one of the top catchers in baseball, and the Rangers have a hole at catcher right now. But Realmuto also has just two years of team control remaining before he’s eligible to become a free...


Could the Rangers' Jurickson Profar be somebody's consolation prize for missing on Manny Machado?

LAS VEGAS -- The pursuit of Manny Machado is one of the marquee stories of MLB's winter meetings, and the Rangers won't be among the pursuers.That said, it could still be of interest to them.While Machado is the prize for contending teams seeking somebody for the left side of the infield, the Rangers may have a much cheaper version available for merely the price of a couple of pitching prospects: Jurickson Profar.The New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox could all be potential landing spots for Machado. Or Profar.With Profar heading toward free agency after the 2020...


Rangers acquire third baseman from St. Louis in exchange for Drew Robinson

LAS VEGAS - The Rangers, who have been talking with clubs about Jurickson Profar, acquired a possible replacement for him in the event of a trade.The Rangers sent left-handed hitting utility infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson to St. Louis in exchange for third baseman Patrick Wisdom Tuesday. Wisdom, 27, made his major league debut in 2018, hitting .260 with a .362 OBP and .882 OPS last year in 58 plate appearances at-bats. Wisdom has also played some first base and could give the Rangers a right-handed hitting for days when they give Ronald Guzman time off against lefties. Wisdom also has...

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Texas Rangers trade Drew Robinson for Patrick Wisdom

The Rangers dealt utility player Drew Robinson to the Cardinals today for third baseman Patrick Wisdom The Texas Rangers traded infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson to the St. Louis Cardinals today for third baseman Patrick Wisdom, the team announced today. Both players were on the 40 man roster. Wisdom, 27, is a former first round draft pick (selected 52nd overall by St. Louis in 2012) out of St. Mary’s, one pick before the Rangers selected Collin Wiles. Wisdom had seemed to have stalled out with difficult seasons in AA in 2014-15 and AAA in 2016, but he had a solid year in 2017 for AAA...

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Cubs trade target: Jurickson Profar

The former top prospect had a breakout year in 2018. The Cubs are said to want a middle infielder who can play shortstop, to back up Javier Baez while Addison Russell is out, or perhaps even replace Russell if Addy is traded. So here’s a rumor for you: What I heard from a rival club official: Rangers are, as reported, willing to talk Profar & Mazara. This club got feel Rangers were a little more motivated on Mazara right now; price on Profar would be high.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 10, 2018 One source says Cubs/Rangers have talked Jurickson Profar.— TomLoxas...


It turns out the Rangers traded Sammy Sosa for a Hall of Famer, but don't ask Tom Grieve if he feels vindicated

They say trades are always judged by long-term history.Now it can be said: Tom Grieve got a Hall of Famer for Sammy Sosa and Wilson Alvarez in what has often been panned as one of the worst trades in Rangers history.Vindication?Hardly.On Sunday, Grieve, the former Rangers general manager who acquired Harold Baines from the Chicago White Sox in 1989, said he was happy for the veteran's unanimous election to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the 16-member Today's Game Era special committee, it didn't change his opinion of the trade one bit.Baines, who played 22 years and amassed 2,886 hits, spent...

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Grant: Rangers willing to listen on Mazara, Profar

Evan Grant says he’s hearing the Rangers are willing to talk trade on Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar MLB Trade Rumors: Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara are players the Texas Rangers are willing to talk about, per Evan Grant, citing a “rival club official,” who, per Grant, thinks the Rangers are more motivated to deal Mazara than Profar. Mazara, of course, is part of a glut of lefthanded hitting corner outfield/first base/DH types the Rangers have, and with three seasons remaining before he is free agent eligible, he has the least amount of team control remaining (save for...

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Texas Rangers: 2018 just the beginning of a painful rebuild

The 2018 campaign was a painful one for the Texas Rangers. Unfortunately, it is just the beginning. 2018 was the culmination of a rapid decent from contention for the Texas Rangers. Yu Darvish had been traded during the 2017 trade deadline, and Cole Hamels was moved this past year. The iconic Adrian Beltre retired in […] Texas Rangers: 2018 just the beginning of a painful rebuild - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Could Jurickson Profar be somebody's consolation prize for missing out on Manny Machado?

LAS VEGAS - The pursuit of Manny Machado is one of the marquee stories of MLB's winter meetings and the Rangers won't be among the pursuers.That said, it could still be of interest to them.While Machado is the prize for teams seeking somebody for the left-side of the infield, the Rangers may have a much cheaper model available for merely the price of a couple of pitching prospects: Jurickson Profar. The New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers could all be potential landing spots for Machado. Or Profar.With Profar heading towards free agency after the 2020 season and the...

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Billy Hamilton to Kansas City Royals, per reports

Multiple reports indicate the Royals are close to signing free agent outfielder Billy Hamilton The Kansas City Royals and Billy Hamilton are close on a deal, according to multiple reports on the Tweetbox. Hamilton was non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds last month. Hamilton is a very Kansas City Royals player, a really really fast guy with defensive chops who doesn’t hit at all. There had been some talk about the Rangers having some interest in him in the past, as an elite defensive center fielder who could do damage on the basepaths, but Hamilton at this point would be, at best, a...

Astros, Chirinos reportedly agree on one-year deal

Free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos reportedly agrees to a one-year deal with the Astros after spending six seasons with the Rangers About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United

Tony Barnette becomes free agent prior to 2019 season

After spending the last three seasons with the Rangers, Tony Barnette is set to enter free agency before the 2019 season About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and con

Bartolo Colon to enter free agency this offseason

After spending the 2018 season with the Rangers, 45-year-old Bartolo Colon will become a free agent heading into 2019 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consi