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With Shin-Soo Choo's value on the rise, there might be a suitable trade partner out there for the Rangers

Ballzy podcast hosts Kevin Sherrington and Evan Grant are back to discuss all things Rangers. Here are some highlights.Don't miss an episode. Subscribe to the podcast! You can find us on: -- iTunes -- Google Play Music -- Or through an RSS feed for Android users -- And we're available on Stitcher, tooCan't see the podcast? Click/tap here.On the potential rising trade value of Shin-Soo Choo...Sherrington: [29:38] "Here you've got a guy who is owed $20 million a year through 2020 ... and he's been hitting really well lately. Been playing very well lately which would have to make him more...


Tentative 2019 schedule calls for Rangers to open at home against Cubs

The Texas Rangers could face right-hander Yu Darvish, a former teammate, in the first series of the 2019 season.The tentative Major League Baseball schedule for 2019 calls for the Rangers to open at Globe Life Park against against the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Tribune reported on Tuesday. Darvish joined the Cubs this season as a free agent on a six-year contract.The clubs would open a three-game series on March 28. There would be an off-day on March 29, followed by games the next two days. It would be the earliest opener in Rangers history.The schedule could be tweaked before it is...


Rangers GM Jon Daniels gives latest update on trade talks, and an MLB comparison for catcher Jose Trevino

Jon Daniels, president of baseball operations and general manager of the Texas Rangers, joined the Ben & Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] to talk about the team. Here are some of the highlights:On how trade talks are developing for the Rangers around baseball...JD: "Just starting to pick up. We've, internally, just kind of focused on preparing for things. Have had a few conversations, but not a ton yet. Like I said, just at the point where teams are starting to reach out, exchange notes - who's looking for what."Every year there's a couple of guys, couple of targets maybe that get moved...

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Kansas City Royals trade Kelvin Herrera to Washington Nationals

The Royals have traded closer Kelvin Herrera to the Washington Nationals for three prospects The Kansas City Royals have traded closer Kelvin Herrera to the Washington Nationals for three prospects, per reports. The Rangers start a three game set against the Royals tonight. Herrara, 28, has a 1.05 ERA this season with 22 Ks and 2 walks in 25.2 IP. He’s having a solid bounceback season after putting up a 4.25 ERA and 4.30 FIP in 59.1 IP in 2017. One of the better relievers who was on the market, Herrera is a free agent after the season, and with the Royals mired at the bottom of the...

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Friday morning Rangers things

Friday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... Evan Grant looks at the Robinson Chirinos/Matt Kemp collision, and subsequent brouhaha, and tries to determine who is at fault, or if anyone is. Jamey Newberg has a story at the Athletic about Rangers’ fourth rounder Mason Englert, and the unique and tragic family history the Englerts have. Jeff Wilson looks at current Rangers who could be dealt between now and the trade deadline. Willie Calhoun, an acquisition at last year’s trade deadline, has been heating up, and credits baserunning coach Damon Mashore with helping him get...

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Milwaukee Brewers: Are the Texas Rangers a potential trade partner?

The Milwaukee Brewers are still searching for starting pitching. Could they find a fit for a deadline deal with the Texas Rangers? The Texas Rangers are 17 1/2 games out of first in the AL West. However, they’re only 16 1/2 games out of the AL Wild Card. Unless the Rangers turn their season around […] Milwaukee Brewers: Are the Texas Rangers a potential trade partner? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Julio Pablo Martinez is headed to Spokane

Julio Pablo Martinez, the Rangers’ big J-2 signee out of Cuba, has been promoted to Spokane Texas Rangers prospect Julio Pablo Martinez has been promoted from the Dominican Summer League to Spokane of the Northwest League, per Evan Grant on Twitter. He will be on the roster of the Spokane Indians when Northwest League play begins on Friday, June 15. Martinez was the Rangers’ consolation prize this past offseason for missing out on Shohei Ohtani — Texas had hoarded international free agent bonus money via trades in an effort to sign Ohtani, and when that was unsuccessful, they inked...

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27-42 - Game No. 69 not so nice, Rangers lose 12-5 in LA

Bartolo Colon and the Rangers were pounded by the Dodgers in the short series opener National League baseball is truly the worst sport. Coming for you, Miami. Player of the Game: Shin-Soo Choo hit a home run. Up Next: Cole Hamels will look to keep building that trade value against RHP Kenta Maeda and the Dodgers in the finale of this series. First pitch from Dodger Stadium is scheduled for 9:10 pm CT.

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Rosenthal: Hamels wants 2019 option picked up to waive no-trade

Ken Rosenthal says that Cole Hamels will want his $20 million 2019 option picked up if he waives his no trade clause MLB Trade Rumors: Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers starting pitcher, has been the subject of trade rumors for a while, with the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers all bandied about as possible destinations. Hamels has a certain amount of control over the trade process, as he can veto deals to 20 teams, and Ken Rosenthal says that Hamels will likely want his $20 million team option for 2019 picked up as part of any deal that involves him waiving his...


Logo and uniform tweaks may be forthcoming for Texas Rangers

In this week's edition of #EvanHelpUs ...I think this team is looking at 2020 at the earliest. The big issue is starting pitching, and the situation is dire there for a couple of years. Right now, the only guys for sure returning from the current rotation, barring a trade, are Martin Perez and Mike Minor. In a championship rotation, both are back-of-the-rotation pitchers.The guys who are supposed to be the closest to the majors currently in the minor league system are Yohander Mendez, who does not look ready, and Ariel Jurado, who also looks like a back-of-the-rotation starter, at best....


As Rangers visit Dodgers, a pitcher could be Texas' top return from trade that sent Yu Darvish to LA

A pitcher could be the top return for the Rangers from last year's deal that sent right-hander Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers.The clubs meet at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night for the first time since the trade. Darvish is long gone, signing with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent in the offseason. His legacy with the Dodgers is one victory in each of the first two rounds of the playoffs and a historic crumbling in the World Series.If the trade is to work for the Rangers, they must get at least one front-line player from the package of right-hander A.J. Alexy, infielder Brendon Davis and...


As the market for Cole Hamels heats up, here's 5 potential landing spots at the trade deadline...

ARLINGTON -- There are plenty of reasons for concern and caution regarding Cole Hamels. His fastball continues to age. He is giving up home runs at an unprecedented pace. He is still trying to bounce back from the worst season of his career.Yet here's the good news for the Rangers: His value keeps going up.And you thought your 401(k) was doing some crazy stuff lately.The last two days have been eventful for the future of the Rangers, and it has nothing to do with anything that's taken place on the field. This season is no longer about results, but about processes, growth, development. Or as...


Rangers' most important trade piece? Why it's still this guy

Kevin Sherrington, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and local college sports during a live chat Thursday. Here are some highlights. Evan Grant is saying Jon Daniels just got an extension. Thoughts? Kevin Sherrington: We've been expecting this, which is why I wrote the column today saying that drafting a high school pitcher over a college pitcher demonstrates his sense of security. The Rangers need help now, but Daniels stayed the course and went for the long haul. I don't have a problem with Daniels...


Buyer beware: Trade suitors could have reason to avoid Cole Hamels after latest Rangers loss

Let the buyer beware: Cole Hamels is now susceptible to the home run.With the Rangers about to go full-steam-ahead into the trade market, Hamels may be the most attractive piece they have to deal: An experienced starter with big-game success. But he's also dealing with unprecedented home run issues.In a 5-2 loss to Houston Thursday, Hamels allowed a pair of homers in 7.1 innings. It was his longest outing of the season, but it also was his fourth consecutive game surrendering multiple homers. His last pitch of the game: A homer by Alex Bregman into the left field seats. He's now allowed 17...


Don't expect any Rangers to be untouchable around the MLB trade deadline

Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, author of Drunk on Sports and panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn," answered questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, Stars and college sports in his weekly reader mailbag. Here are some highlights.Question: Who has hurt their trade value more this year: Hamels or Beltre?Tim Cowlishaw: Beltre, for sure. Hamels has had some good starts in the past month, just as he did for the Phillies prior to the Rangers trading for him three years ago. Beltre's bat showed some life this past week, but two stints on the...


Is Ronald Guzman or Joey Gallo the Rangers' first baseman in three years?

Eric Nadel, Texas Rangers radio play-by-play announcer and Ford C. Frick Award winner, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:If Keone Kela gets trade interest, would the Rangers even consider trading him?Nadel: I think the Rangers have to consider trading just about anybody, depending on the offer. I don't think they are in a position to have any untouchables. They have to get really creative.Is there a favorite guest you've ever had in the booth during a game?Nadel: We don't have many guests on the air during the games as we have to call all...


Prospect tracker: Rangers minor league pitcher continues overpowering run on the mound

The beginning of the Texas Rangers' season has not been ideal.The team's slow start has some fans already looking to the future, and the pipeline of prospects coming up through the Rangers' minor league system.In order to better know which names to keep your eyes on this season, SportsDay's Rangers beat writer Gerry Fraley has ranked his top 10 prospects in the Rangers' farm system, and will track their progress throughout the season.This week included the Rangers debut for Cuban free agent Julio Pablo Martinez and another strong performance from power arm Jonathan Hernandez.Over his last...


Cuban free-agent signee begins pro career with Rangers

Center fielder Julio Pablo Martinez, the Texas Rangers' most significant addition of the off-season, began his professional career on Saturday with an active game in the Dominican Summer League opener.Martinez went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in a 3-2 win against a team shared by Cleveland and Milwaukee. Martinez was also caught stealing once and threw out one runner at third base.Martinez, 22, played five seasons in Cuba's National Series before defecting. He agreed to a deal with the Rangers in March, receiving a $2.8 million signing bonus. The Rangers' plan calls for Martinez to play in...


Rangers face decision on Rule 5 pick Carlos Tocci this weekend

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Rangers have put off the decision on Carlos Tocci as long as possible. They must either recall the outfielder they picked up in the Rule 5 draft this weekend or offer him back to the Philadelphia Phillies.Tocci has already been on the DL for 40 days with what was originally diagnosed as a sore back. The DL stint included 20 days of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock. He reached the 20-day maximum on Friday."We've had some talks," manager Jeff Banister said of the situation. "We like the kid. A decision has to be made."The Rangers acquired Tocci, 22, in a trade...

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Cameron Rupp opts for free agency

Round Rock catcher Cameron Rupp exercised an out clause in his deal and is now a free agent Catcher Cameron Rupp has exercised an out clause in his contract and opted for free agency, per the beat guys. Rupp signed a minor league deal with the Rangers after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies this spring. Rupp, 29, is a Texas native who was drafted out of UT-Austin, and with the Rangers backup catching situation in flux, Texas added him as a potential depth option. He has hit .274/.346/.540 for Round Rock, though it appears concerns about his defense have led the Rangers to not...

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Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish thinks Cubs fans hate him

After struggling with effectiveness and injuries to start the season, Yu Darvish feels that Chicago Cubs fans already hate him. It has been a tumultuous twelve months for Yu Darvish. After spending his first five and a half years with the Texas Rangers, he was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline. […] Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish thinks Cubs fans hate him - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Rays trade Curt Casali to Reds

The Rays traded Triple-A catcher Curt Casali to the Reds on Thursday for cash considerations.Casali rejoined the Rays at the end of spring training after signing with the Angels during the winter as a free agent and then the Rangers. He now appears headed back to the majors with


Why sudden turnaround of bullpen is significant whether the Rangers are holding or rebuilding

SEATTLE - The Rangers will bid farewell to a mostly lousy May on Thursday but there has been one significant development.All of a sudden, the bullpen is functioning like an asset.For a team in their situation - which is seller-in-waiting - this qualifies as very good news. The young relievers in the bullpen are establishing themselves as reliable long-term options. The veterans are perhaps creating trade value. And when there are close games to be had, the relievers are giving the Rangers a chance to win.In Wednesday's 7-6 win over Seattle, four relievers combined to pick up Matt Moore and...


Veterans for sale: Cole Hamels, Adrian Beltre, Jake Diekman may not don a Rangers jersey much longer

Ballzy podcast hosts Kevin Sherrington, David Moore and Evan Grant are back to discuss all things Rangers. Here are some highlights from their conversation, edited for clarity.Don't miss an episode. Subscribe to the podcast! You can find us on: -- iTunes-- Google Play Music-- Or through an RSS feed for Android users-- And we're available on Stitcher, tooCan't see the podcast? Click/tap here.What is the big roster move at the deadline?Kevin Sherrington [9:47]: "What's going to be the big roster move at the trade deadline for the Rangers?"Evan Grant: "Well... are you saying aside from...


Evan Grant's top 10 Rangers draft picks of all-time

Here are the top 10 draft picks according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News based on contribution solely to the Rangers' organization.No. 10: RHP Bobby Witt (1st round, 1985) The third overall pick in the draft, Witt went on to have a very solid career with the Rangers, winning 104 games over 11 seasons. Witt, however, also lost 104 in Texas. He ranks third in franchise history in wins, but second in losses. His 4.85 ERA is the third highest among those with at least 750 innings for the Rangers. He was part of the trade that brought Jose Canseco to the Rangers in 1992, though we aren't...


Is Jurickson Profar playing his way into a viable July trade piece?

John Rhadigan, Rangers broadcaster for Fox Sports Southwest, answered questions about the team during a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:Is Jurickson Profar playing his way into a viable July trade piece?Rhadigan: I love that Jurickson has gotten the chance to play everyday and prove that he is what we thought he was at the big league level. The trade question is a slippery slope because you don't know what is going to happen in the future. At this point I would not trade him but keep him for depth at the middle infield position. But if they decide to trade him there is no doubt...

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Should the Yankees trade for Cole Hamels?

The Rangers are open for business, and New York could use a top arm with playoff success on his resume. Last week, Brian Cashman said the Yankees are in the market for starting pitching. Not exactly a news flash, I know. We’ve been hearing this since the offseason. Over the winter, the Yankees were linked to Gerrit Cole, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, and others. Now, with roughly one-third of the season in the books and the pennant chase taking shape, it’s obvious that New York’s Achilles Heel remains starting pitching. Overall, the Yankees rotation hasn’t performed badly at all. In fact,...


Pudge Rodriguez' son makes it to The Show

Dereck Rodriguez, the son of Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Ivan "Pudge'' Rodriguez, reached the major leagues for the first time on Monday.San Francisco promoted Rodriguez, a right-handed pitcher, from Triple-A Sacramento. Rodriguez has been starting in the minors but will go into the bullpen for the Giants' game at Colorado.Rodriguez posted the news on Instagram."Just got the best call of my life!!!! It's showtime !!!"Rodriguez, 25, was 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA in nine starts with Sacramento.Rordiguez joined the Giants as a minor-league free agent in the off-season. He spent the first seven years...