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Daniels: Roster Will Be Built Around Beltre

The Rangers dealt away veterans at the 2017 trade deadline, but still don’t appear interested in a full-blown sell-off. Most notably, the team held veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is entering the final season of his contract. GM Jon Daniels says that the club “will be designed with Adrian as our third baseman,” as Evan Grant…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: October 19, 2017, 4:58 am

Darvish Defends Brocail, Holman

Dodgers righty Yu Darvish reached out to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News with an unprompted message to praise Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail and recently fired bullpen coach Brad Holman. As Grant notes, Darvish’s recent improvements and changed mechanics have led to criticism for his coaches with the Rangers. “…There should be no criticism…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: October 18, 2017, 2:11 am

Rangers Reportedly Inform Mike Napoli His Option Will Be Declined

The Rangers have informed first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli that his $11MM club option for the 2018 season will not be exercised, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets. He’ll instead take home a $2.5MM buyout, bringing his total earnings in his third stint with the Rangers to $8.5MM. Napoli will be a free…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: October 17, 2017, 9:50 pm

Rangers Could Have Interest In Mikolas Reunion

The Rangers could have interest in right-hander Miles Mikolas as he eyes a return to the Majors after a strong three-year run in Japan, writes T.R. Sullivan of (We noted at MLBTR last week that Mikolas was aiming for an MLB comeback.) Limiting walks is high on the Rangers’ wishlist in terms of offseason…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: October 11, 2017, 12:06 am

Rangers Outright Gosselin, Espino, Middlebrooks, Hoying

The Rangers announced on Tuesday that infielders Phil Gosselin and Will Middlebrooks, right-hander Paolo Espino and outfielder Jared Hoying have cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Round Rock. Both Gosselin and Middlebrooks have rejected the assignment in favor of free agency, per the team. The Rangers’ 40-man roster is now at 36 players, though…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: October 10, 2017, 9:47 pm

Rangers Notes: Rotation, Claudio

Another organization that figures to focus on pitching this winter, the Rangers, need to add volume to fill out their rotation, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reasons. The club likely won’t have the cash needed to add impact arms and needs to account for many spots on its rotation depth chart, beyond the five…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: October 10, 2017, 3:21 pm

Rangers Considering Qualifying Offer For Andrew Cashner

The Rangers are considering issuing a qualifying offer to Andrew Cashner.  This would ensure that Texas received some draft pick compensation if Cashner rejected the QO, though given the Rangers’ need for pitching, they could welcome the chance to bring back Cashner on a one-year deal.  Still, since the QO carries a hefty cost of…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: October 6, 2017, 2:33 pm

Rangers Notes: Offseason, Otani, Bush

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels didn’t mince words in telling reporters that he has no plans to embark on a rebuild, as T.R. Sullivan of and Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram write. “This is not a rebuild,” Daniels told reporters. “We expect to win. We are always going to have that mindset.” Texas will face an uphill…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: October 6, 2017, 1:21 am

Rangers Release Prince Fielder

9:00pm: Texas has indeed negotiated a deal with the insurance company, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Per Grant, the agreement is believed to defer the payment of policy benefits but otherwise leave them intact. 12:12pm: The Rangers announced that they have released first baseman Prince Fielder. With the move, the club will be able…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: October 5, 2017, 2:00 am

Rangers Pick Up Jeff Banister’s 2019 Option

The Rangers announced that they have exercised their club option over manager Jeff Banister for the 2019 season. He was already under contract for next season. Banister originally signed in advance of the 2015 season. He had agreed to a deal last winter in which the club picked up an original 2018 option and added a…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: October 4, 2017, 5:02 pm

Rangers Won't Go Into Rebuilding Mode

The Rangers just wrapped up a disappointing campaign, one that ended without a playoff berth for only the third time in the past eight years, but it’s not going to spur an offseason rebuild, according to T.R. Sullivan of Instead, the Rangers will do their best over the winter to return to contention in…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: October 3, 2017, 1:05 am

Latest On Shohei Otani

The Rangers seem like one of the four or five teams most likely to sign Otani, and possibly the favorite “if it comes down to the dollars available and a college-recruiting like pitch,” Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes as part of a reader chat.  Still, Grant doesn’t believe any team has more…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: October 2, 2017, 4:21 am

Shin-Soo Choo Could See Time At First Base In 2018

Shin-Soo Choo has gotten some practice reps at first base this week and could end up as a part-time option there in 2018 for the Rangers, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes. The Rangers are likely to cut ties with Mike Napoli after the season, which could open up first for Joey Gallo,…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: October 1, 2017, 12:54 am

Rangers To Exercise Club Option On Martin Perez

The Rangers have already told Martin Perez that they will exercise their $6MM option on the left-hander’s services,’s T.R. Sullivan reports.  Teams have until five days after the World Series to decide on all contract options so nothing is official yet between Perez and the Rangers (we’ll have the news here on MLBTR when…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: September 30, 2017, 1:09 am

Jason Grilli Not Planning To Retire

It’s been a rough season for Jason Grilli, but the 40-year-old veteran reliever tells’s T.R. Sullivan that he has no intention of retiring and hopes to pitch again in 2018 (Twitter link). Grilli opened the season in the Blue Jays’ bullpen following a very solid 2016 run in Toronto (after being traded there by…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: September 29, 2017, 2:51 am

Adrian Beltre Discusses Future

Whether the Rangers decide to push for a playoff spot in 2018 or rebuild could determine third baseman Adrian Beltre’s future with the team, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes. Beltre has a full no-trade clause, but he’d be open to waiving it in 2018 – the final year of his contract –…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 28, 2017, 2:32 pm

Rangers Notes: Beltre, Gomez, Napoli, Barnette

Here’s the latest out of Globe Life Park… Adrian Beltre has been shut down for the remainder of the season, manager Jeff Banister told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter links) and other media.  The star third baseman will finish the year with a superb .311/.382/.533 slash line and 17 homers, though calf…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: September 27, 2017, 8:50 pm

Andrew Cashner "Looking Forward" To Free Agency

While Rangers right-hander Andrew Cashner told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other reporters on Sunday that he’s open to re-signing with the team, an offseason trip to the open market looks inevitable. “It’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait,” said the free agent-to-be. “I might strike…

Author: Charlie Wilmoth
Posted: September 25, 2017, 3:21 am

Rangers Have Had Past Interest In Lorenzo Cain

The Rangers could emerge as suitors for Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain if he reaches free agency in the offseason. Texas has “repeatedly” asked the Royals about Cain in the past, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Still, considering the Rangers have pressing rotation issues that will require offseason spending, Fraley casts doubt…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 24, 2017, 6:41 pm

Rangers Notes: Banister, Calhoun

While it’s been a rough season for the Rangers, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes in this week’s AL Notes column that one source indicates to him that manager Jeff Banister is “100 percent” coming back. The third-year skipper could potentially turn in his third straight winning the season, but the Rangers’ 76 losses already…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:19 am

Delino DeShields Could Be Earning 2018 Starting Job

Rockies outfielder/first baseman Ian Desmond has shown troubling signings in the first season of a five-year, $70MM contract, Manny Randhawa of notes. Along with a .273/.319/.367 batting line that’s 35 percent worse than league average (per FanGraphs’ wRC+ metric), Desmond’s groundball rate and exit velocity have trended in the wrong direction. His 63.1 percent…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 17, 2017, 4:54 pm

2017 Rule 5 Roundup

With just a few weeks left in the season, we have a pretty clear idea of which Rule 5 draft picks will stick with their drafting teams. At this point, having already carried the player this far and with expanded rosters easing any pressures, teams are quite likely to stay the course. Here’s how this season’s…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: September 14, 2017, 2:15 pm

Injury Notes: Nunez, Nelson, Delgado, Kela, Capps, Rasmussen

Red Sox utilityman Eduardo Nunez feels he has dodged a bullet with his right knee injury, as Evan Drellich of reports on Twitter. Nunez sprained his posterior cruciate ligament, but he says he anticipates returning before the year is up. That said, he’ll understandably also take his time to ensure he makes it back…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: September 13, 2017, 1:40 am

Rangers Release Tyson Ross

The Rangers announced Tuesday that they’ve released right-hander Tyson Ross in order to clear a spot on the roster for Willie Calhoun, whose previously reported promotion to the Majors has now been formally announced. The Rangers also activated Adrian Beltre from the 10-day DL, though Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets that he’s…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: September 12, 2017, 8:15 pm

Calhoun Promotion Tightens 40-Man Picture In Offseason

Promoting top prospect Willie Calhoun may not have been an easy call for the Rangers, writes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, as the team didn’t have to add him to the 40-man to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft this winter. And, as Grant points out, the Rangers will already be effectively…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: September 12, 2017, 4:30 pm

Rangers To Promote Willie Calhoun

The Rangers have given notice to prospect Willie Calhoun that he will be called up, as his brother and girlfriend announced on Twitter and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News confirms in a tweet. Calhoun came to Texas as the headliner in the deadline blockbuster that sent ace Yu Darvish to the Dodgers. Calhoun, 22,…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: September 12, 2017, 4:44 am

Free Agents That Have Boosted Their Stock On One-Year Deals

With the offseason looming, it’s easy to focus on the top free agents this winter will have to offer. We at MLBTR reinforce that line of thinking with monthly Free Agent Power Rankings that profile the top names slated to hit the open market and ranking them in terms of earning power. Settling for a…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: September 11, 2017, 5:19 pm

Matt Bush Returns; Keone Kela Not Yet Ready

Matt Bush is back from the DL, but another Rangers reliever, Keone Kela, isn’t yet ready to return,’s T.R. Sullivan writes. Bush, who posted a 3.04 ERA, 10.1 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 and 10 saves over 47 1/3 innings before suffering a concussion and a sprained knee in an on-field collision last month, is likely…

Author: Charlie Wilmoth
Posted: September 10, 2017, 11:50 pm

Latest On Rangers' International Prospect Market

The 2017-18 international market has only been open for a little over two months, but Baseball America’s Ben Badler already has a preview (available to BA subscribers) of 10 notable prospects who will be available in the 2018-19 int’l class, which opens next July 2.  Dominican shortstop Orelvis Martinez projects to have the largest bonus…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: September 10, 2017, 6:50 pm

Carlos Gomez Suffers High Ankle Sprain

Rangers center fielder Carlos Gomez could miss a fair amount of time after suffering a high ankle sprain Saturday against the Yankees, per Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Gomez, who departed the game in the second inning after injuring his right ankle, was on crutches and in a walking boot afterward. A lengthy…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 9, 2017, 11:40 pm

Andrew Cashner Expects To Test Free Agency

Impending free agent right-hander Andrew Cashner told Rosenthal that he hasn’t discussed a new deal with the Rangers and expects to test free agency in the offseason. Cashner also expressed confidence that his production this season should lead to plenty of interest on the open market. The 30-year-old owns an excellent 3.19 ERA and a…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 9, 2017, 7:51 pm

AL Notes: Astros, Salazar, Profar, Travis

The Astros have reallocated resources away from traditional scouting roles to newer methods of assessing talent, most notably eliminating eight positions recently. It’s a move that could signal yet another stage of development in the now-ensconced analytical revolution, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic explores in detail through conversations with numerous key industry figures (subscription required and recommended). Houston…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: September 7, 2017, 2:13 am

Free Agent Stock Watch: Andrew Cashner

Andrew Cashner took a one-year, $10MM deal with the Rangers last winter — far shy of the kind of earning power that was anticipated a few years back, when Cashner seemed to be one of the better young pitchers in baseball. Still, that was a significant one-year payout and came with hopes for a bigger…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: September 6, 2017, 1:40 am

Rangers Outright Anthony Bass

The Rangers have outrighted right-hander Anthony Bass to Triple-A Round Rock, executive vice president of communications John Blake tweets. Texas designated Bass on Thursday when it acquired righty Miguel Gonzalez from the White Sox. Bass’ most recent extensive big league action came during a 64-inning campaign with the Rangers in 2015, when he pitched to…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 4, 2017, 2:25 am

Rangers Designate Marinez, Rodriguez, Alvarez; Activate Jake Diekman

The Rangers have announced a series of moves today as the month of September begins. Texas designated righty Jhan Marinez and lefty Joely Rodriguez to open two 40-man roster spots. Texas has also designated lefty Dario Alvarez,’s T.R. Sullivan tweets. Those three hurlers are a few of the many that have cycled through the…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: September 1, 2017, 11:40 pm

Adrian Beltre Expected To Miss 4 Weeks With Hamstring Strain

Veteran Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is expected to miss at least four weeks of action after being diagnosed with a grade 2 hamstring strain, per an announcement from club executive VP of communications John Blake. With one month left in the regular season, it appears unlikely that Beltre will return in 2017 unless Texas…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: September 1, 2017, 8:47 pm

Rangers Acquire Miguel Gonzalez

The Rangers have struck a deal to add righty Miguel Gonzalez from the White Sox, as Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun first reported (Twitter link). Per the report, the Orioles were also attempting to bring back the veteran starter, but weren’t willing to meet the asking price. Infielder Ti’Quan Forbes will go to Chicago in…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: September 1, 2017, 3:05 am

Details On Failed Darvish Talks Between Rangers, Astros

Prior to trading Yu Darvish to the Dodgers, the Rangers “made clear” that they were “completely willing” to trade Darvish to the Astros. The Rangers, according to Heyman, asked for top-tier prospects from their division rivals, however, before ultimately landing on a package comprised largely of high-ceiling players in A-ball. Houston offered currently suspended (PEDs)…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 31, 2017, 4:19 pm

Outrighted: Selsky, House, Scheppers

The following players have been outrighted, according to announcements from their respective teams: Outfielder Steve Selsky will remain with the Red Sox organization after he cleared waivers. Unlike the other two players listed here, Selsky did not have the right to decline an assignment. He was designated recently to clear the way for the team’s acquisition…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: August 30, 2017, 1:16 am

Giants Have Reportedly Expressed Strongest Interest In Giancarlo Stanton

The Phillies, Cardinals and Rangers are among the teams that have reached out to the Marlins to express interest in slugger Giancarlo Stanton, but USA Today’s Bob Nightengale cites a “high-ranking Marlins executive” in reporting that the Giants are the club that has expressed the most interest. Miami has surged back to within striking distance…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 28, 2017, 5:14 pm

After Trades, Rangers Changing Approach To Pitching Development

In light of the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Harvey, the Astros have released a statement about their plans for the coming week. The team, after playing the Angels in California this weekend, is currently scheduled to host the Rangers in Houston on Tuesday. However, the team now plans to fly to Dallas, and will provide an update on their…

Author: Charlie Wilmoth
Posted: August 28, 2017, 1:24 am

Rangers Acquire Paolo Espino, Designate Tanner Scheppers

The Rangers have acquired right-hander Paolo Espino from the Brewers for cash considerations and designated fellow righty Tanner Scheppers for assignment, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets. Espino will report to Triple-A with his new organization. The Brewers designated Espino on Wednesday after the 30-year-old had a difficult 17 2/3-inning major league debut…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: August 26, 2017, 11:05 pm

Rangers Activate Carlos Gomez From 10-Day DL

The Rangers activated Carlos Gomez from the 10-day DL.  The outfielder missed only the minimum amount of time after a cyst was removed from behind his right shoulder.  Gomez is enjoying a solid season in Texas, hitting .251/.339/.455 with 15 homers in 351 plate appearances.

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: August 26, 2017, 5:02 pm

Rangers Move Tyson Ross To Bullpen

The Rangers will move righty Tyson Ross into the bullpen, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets. Nick Martinez will take his spot in the rotation. Texas inked the 30-year-old Ross to a one-year, $6MM pact last winter after he was non-tendered by the Padres. The hope was that he and fellow former San…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: August 25, 2017, 12:42 am

Grant: Profar's Future May Not Be With Rangers

It’s looking more and more like Jurickson Profar’s future will be with a team other than the Rangers, writes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Profar was again passed over for a call-up when Texas placed Joey Gallo on the disabled list with a concussion, and he’s blocked all over the infield by the…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 24, 2017, 2:07 am