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Marlins attempting to trade for Rangers OF Nomar Mazara

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Mazara would further improve the Marlins lineup for the 2020 season, plus he’s controllable for an additional year via arbitration. The Marlins aren’t content to leave San Diego empty-handed. President of baseball operations Michael Hill told reporters Tuesday afternoon at the MLB Winter Meetings that he’s “actively pursuing” an offensive upgrade for the 2020 roster. Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara appears to be their current target, as detailed by FNTSY Sports Radio host Craig Mish. Marlins are in on Nomar Mazara. Looks like Rangers are engaged with...

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Texas Rangers trade Nomar Mazara to Chicago White Sox

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Big Chill hits The Windy City Texas Rangers transactions: While the rest of the baseball world was busy at the winter meetings gawking at Gerrit Cole’s new massive deal with the New York Yankees, the Rangers were quietly seeing the Nomar Mazara era come to a disappointing conclusion. After years of hoping the once top prospect with the periodical prodigious power would blossom into Joey Gallo’s tag team partner as a core member of the rebuild, Mazara has instead been shipped to the Chicago White Sox for OF prospect Steele Walker. Nomar Mazara was, of...

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Nomar Mazara to Chicago White Sox discussed

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Multiple reports indicate the Chicago White Sox are talking to Texas about Nomar Mazara MLB Trade Rumors: Nomar Mazara to the Chicago White Sox is now setting Twitter abuzz, with Jim Bowden, Scott Merkin, Jon Heyman, T.R. Sullivan and Evan Grant all having mentioned the interest of the Pale Hose in the Texas Rangers outfielder in the past half hour. The White Sox have had interest in Mazara for a while, and it is sounding more and more like the Rangers will opt to clear some of their LH-hitting COF logjam by moving their right fielder, who has not developed as...

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Marlins Winter Meetings Rumors: Wednesday

Photo by Mark Brown/ If free agent asking prices remain too high, the Marlins seem prepared to use surplus prospects to further improve their 2020 team. Fish Stripes is covering all the Marlins news and rumors from the MLB Winter Meetings being held in San Diego. This article is dedicated to all of Wednesday’s developments. Catch up on Monday’s here and Tuesday’s here! 6:00 a.m. PT—On the Swings and Mishes podcast, Craig Mish describes a bizarre negotiating process with the Rangers regarding outfielder Nomar Mazara. The Marlins allegedly showed interest in him earlier in the...

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Miguel Andujar, Mike Minor deal possible?

Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Richard Justice suggests that Plan B for the Rangers and the Yankees could involve a Miguel Andujar/Mike Minor swap MLB Trade Rumors: A New York Yankees/Texas Rangers deal involving Mike Minor and Miguel Andujar could be a viable Plan B for both teams if they miss out on their preferred top free agent options (Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon, respectively), according to Richard Justice. Justice includes both the Yankees and the Rangers in his highlighting of five teams who have their sights set high this offseason, and what their backup...

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An updated estimate of the Cubs 2020 payroll and luxury tax

Photo by Rob Foldy/ A look at where they stand as the Winter Meetings begin As of the beginning of this year’s baseball Winter Meetings, the Cubs have made only minor moves. They purchased Jharel Cotton from the Athletics November 23, claimed CD Pelham on waivers from the Rangers November 27, and signed Dan Winkler as a free agent December 6. None of these are going to move the needle for the 2020 Cubs much. They were designed for bullpen depth. All of the above pitchers have options remaining and could ride a new version of the Iowa Shuttle if needed. (I say “new” because the...

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Rosenthal: Rendon seeking 7 year deal

Photo by G Fiume/ Ken Rosenthal says that, in advance of the Winter Meetings, agent Scott Boras is soliciting 7 year deals for free agent Anthony Rendon MLB Rumors: Anthony Rendon, the free agent third baseman who the Texas Rangers have atop their offseason wish list, and who is also being aggressively pursued by a number of other teams, has previously said he wants to retire at age 35, which has led to speculation that he would be seeking a shorter term, high AAV deal. However, in Ken Rosenthal’s pre-Winter Meetings writeup of the state of the hot stove, Rosenthal says that Scott...

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Saturday morning Rangers things

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Saturday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... Free agent starting pitcher Kyle Gibson officially signed with the Texas Rangers yesterday, and said that part of the reason he chose the Rangers was their experience working with players who have ulcerative colitis, which impacted him last season. Free agent starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and the Rangers reportedly agreed to a two year deal yesterday. Jeff Wilson says locking up Gibson and Lyles positions the Rangers to make a strong run at Anthony Rendon. T.R. Sullivan writes that, with the Winter...

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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...

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Report: Jordan Lyles signs with Texas Rangers

Photo by Stacy Revere/ The Brewers lose another free agent and will have to look elsewhere to fill a rotation spot For two years in a row, Jordan Lyles has helped the Brewers to the postseason with a strong second half. Now, for the second consecutive offseason, he’ll be signing somewhere else in the offseason. Lyles is reportedly heading to the Texas Rangers on a two-year, $16 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan. Right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal, sources tell ESPN. @Ken_Rosenthal had Lyles to...

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Brewers miss out on Jordan Lyles, signs with Rangers

The Milwaukee Brewers were expected to be in on free agent starter Jordan Lyles. He won’t be coming back to Milwaukee in 2020 as he’s just signed a two-year deal with the Texas Rangers. Jordan Lyles enjoyed a late season resurgence with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019, and has parlayed his success into a two-year […] Brewers miss out on Jordan Lyles, signs with Rangers - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Gerrit Cole market expected to crank up

Photo by Patrick Smith/ Reports indicate that the market for free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole is expected to accelerate in the next few days MLB Rumors: Gerrit Cole has the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels after him, with Jeff Passan saying those three teams are seen as the favorite for the free agent right handed starting pitcher. Passan says teams will be making initial offers soon, and Jon Heyman says initial offers are supposed to be submitted early next week. Heyman lists the Texas Rangers and the Philadelphia Phillies as being linked to Cole, as...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Texas Rangers non-tender Gibaut, Huang

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The Rangers non-tendered a pair of pre-arbitration righty relievers today Texas Rangers transactions: Ian Gibaut and Wei-Chieh Huang were non-tendered by the Texas Rangers today, it was announced. All other Rangers players on the 40 man roster were tendered contracts. Neither Gibaut nor Huang were arbitration eligible, though by non-tendering them, the Rangers have avoided putting them on waivers and risking another team claiming them and then potentially waiving them and outrighting them. Gibaut and Huang are now free agents, and presumably, the Rangers...

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Grant: Rangers, Rendon met Sunday

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Evan Grant says the Rangers met with free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon MLB Rumors: Anthony Rendon and the Texas Rangers met in Houston on Sunday, according to Evan Grant, who says that Jon Daniels and a contingent from the Rangers met with the free agent third baseman and his agent, Scott Boras. Rendon, a Texas native who attended Rice University, finished third in the National League MVP balloting in 2019 and helped lead the Washington Nationals to a World Series championship over the Houston Astros. With Josh Jung, Davis Wendzel and...

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Heyman: Wheeler deal could happen this week

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Jon Heyman indicates Zack Wheeler could be off the board before the Winter Meetings start Monday MLB Rumors: Zack Wheeler is one of the free agent starting pitchers the Texas Rangers have targeted, and Jon Heyman says it is “very possible — maybe even probable” that Wheeler has a deal done before the MLB Winter Meetings, which start Monday, December 9, in San Diego. Ken Rosenthal said last night that Wheeler has “at least one $100 million offer” and is expected to end up with a five year deal for more than $100 million, and lists the Rangers, along with...

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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...

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Blue Jays reportedly pursuing Zack Wheeler but to what extent?

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Toronto Blue Jays are one of a handful of teams pursuing free agent hurler Zack Wheeler. In a recent article on The Athletic, Rosenthal adds that the Blue Jays along with the White Sox, Rangers, Reds, and Twins are all in pursuit of Zack Wheeler. The former […] Blue Jays reportedly pursuing Zack Wheeler but to what extent? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Grant: All arb-eligible Rangers expected to be tendered

Photo by Jason Miller/ Per Evan Grant, the Rangers are expected to tender contracts to all their arbitration-eligible players today Texas Rangers rumors: All arbitration-eligible players for the Texas Rangers are expected to be tendered contracts by today’s deadline, per Evan Grant on Twitter. The Rangers arbitration-eligible players are Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Danny Santana, Rafael Montero and Delino DeShields. In addition, Nick Goody, who has until today to decide whether to accept the Rangers’ waiver claim of him, or to instead opt for free agency, is arbitration-eligible,...

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Nick Goody accepts Texas Rangers waiver claim

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Relief pitcher Nick Goody has decided not to opt for free agency, and is now a Texas Ranger Texas Rangers transactions: Nick Goody has accepted his assignment to the Texas Rangers pursuant to their claiming him on waivers, the team announced today. This means that Goody is now on the 40 man roster, which currently stands at 40. Goody, 28, is a righthanded reliever who was claimed on waivers by the Rangers last week. Because the Cleveland Indians, his original team, had requested release waivers on Goody, he had the right to decline to accept being claimed by...

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Report: Profar traded to Padres

Photo by Stephen Brashear/ Former Ranger Jurickson Profar is reportedly on his way to San Diego MLB Trade Rumors: Jurickson Profar has been sent to the San Diego Padres from the Oakland A’s, per multiple reports. Profar, 26, is in his final year of arbitration-eligibility prior to becoming a free agent, and was seen as a potential candidate to be non-tendered by the A’s if he was not traded. Profar was one of the top prospects in baseball with the Texas Rangers before a shoulder injury cost him virtually all of the 2014 and 2015 seasons. After a mediocre 2016 campaign, he spent...

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Texas Ranger non-tender candidates

Photo by Jason O. Watson/ Monday, December 2, is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players under team control, and the Rangers could opt to non-tender one or more players Texas Rangers rumors: The deadline for tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players and other players who are under team control but are not currently under contract is December 2, 2019. With the Rangers’ 40 man roster currently sitting at 40 (though that could drop to 39 if Nick Goody opts for free agency in the aftermath of the Rangers claiming him on waivers, and does not include Kyle Gibson,...

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Cubs roster move: CD Pelham claimed on waivers from Rangers

CD Pelham pitches for the Rangers during spring training 2019 | Photo by Jennifer Stewart/ Taking a chance on another lefty. It’s been a busy pre-Thanksgiving Day around baseball, with the Brewers and Padres making a trade, and San Diego also busy in the free-agent market, signing Drew Pomeranz. The Cubs were also busy today, with a lesser move: They claimed lefthander CD Pelham on waivers. Pelham had been in the Rangers organization. Pelham was the Rangers’ 33rd round pick in the 2015 Draft. He’s now 24 and has Pelham 28 saves and a 5.51 ERA (121 earned runs in 197⅔ innings) in...

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Texas Rangers claim Nick Goody on waivers

Photo by Jason Miller/ The Rangers have claimed righthanded relief pitcher Nick Goody on waivers Texas Rangers transactions: Nick Goody, placed on release waivers by the Cleveland Indians last week, has been claimed on by the Rangers, it was announced today. The 28 year old righthanded reliever has five days to accept or reject the claim. If he rejects the claim, he will become a free agent. Goody was a 6th round pick of the Yankees in 2012, and was sent to the Indians in December, 2016, for a player to be named later. Goody has a career 3.81 ERA and 4.49 FIP in 141 major league...

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Texas Rangers, Kyle Gibson close on deal, per report

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Jon Paul Morosi says the Rangers are close to a deal with free agent Kyle Gibson MLB Rumors: The Texas Rangers and Kyle Gibson are close on a deal, per Jon Morosi. Gibson, 32, is a righthanded pitcher who was a first round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2009, and who hit the market after spending his entire career in Minnesota. Gibson is a good fit for the “durable guy you can plug into the rotation and expect to make 30 starts” role — while there is thought in some quarters to be some upside there, he’s probably a 180 IP, league...

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Pomeranz to Padres, Edwards to M’s

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ A pair of free agent pitchers with Rangers connections reportedly agreed to deals today MLB Rumors: Free agent pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Carl Edwards, Jr., each agreed to deals today, per reports, with Pomeranz reportedly getting a three year deal from the San Diego Padres, and Edwards agreeing to a one year, $950,000 deal with the Seattle Mariners. Both pitchers are former Texas Ranger draft picks. Pomeranz was a 12th round draft pick of the Rangers in 2007, though they were unable to sign him. Edwards was a 48th round pick in 2011, and was traded to the Chicago...

Terry Collins thinks the Rangers should be buyers at the deadline | MLB WHIPAROUND

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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