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Diekman To Begin Rehab Assignment

Left-hander Jake Diekman is getting closer to returning to the Rangers’ bullpen. Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets that Diekman will begin a rehab assignment with the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate on Thursday, during which he’s slated to throw 15 pitches. The 30-year-old southpaw was a key piece of the Texas bullpen in 2015-16…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 16, 2017, 10:45 pm

Minor MLB Transactions: 8/16/17

Here are some of the latest minor moves from around the game, courtesy of Baseball America’s Matt Eddy except where otherwise noted: The Mariners outrighted right-hander Christian Bergman to Triple-A after he cleared waivers, per a club announcement. Bergman, 29, had the right to opt for free agency now or at the end of the season; given…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:34 pm

Beltre On Rangers' Wild Card Pursuit

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram spoke to Adrian Beltre about the Rangers’ Wild Card hopes even after trading Yu Darvish prior to the non-waiver deadline. “I think we were a little disappointed trading one of the best pitchers in the last five years,” said Beltre. “…It was a little gloomy, but we had…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 14, 2017, 4:55 pm

Rangers Release Pete Kozma

The Rangers have released infielder Pete Kozma from his minor league contract, as per John Blake, the team’s executive VP of communications (Twitter link).  Texas designated Kozma for assignment and outrighted him off the 40-man roster in July. Kozma was claimed off waivers from the Yankees at the end of April, appearing in 28 games…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: August 13, 2017, 5:25 pm

Rangers Claim Phil Gosselin From Pirates

The Rangers have claimed utilityman Phil Gosselin from the Pirates and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock. They’ve also outrighted infielder Tyler Smith to Round Rock. The Pirates acquired Gosselin in a minor trade this spring after the Diamondbacks designated him for assignment. Gosselin has split his time between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis this season,…

Author: Charlie Wilmoth
Posted: August 12, 2017, 7:16 pm

Rangers Don't Expect To Bring Back Yu Darvish

The Rangers don’t expect to reunite with Yu Darvish in free agency, suggests Heyman, who adds that they decided a couple days before the non-waiver deadline that they were going to trade the ace. Texas ended up dealing Darvish to the Dodgers right before the clock ran out. The Astros were a rumored Darvish suitor…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: August 11, 2017, 12:56 am

Rangers Claim Jhan Marinez

The Rangers have claimed righty Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Pirates, per an announcement from Texas. Marinez had been designated for assignment over the weekend. Marinez, 28, already moved from the Brewers to the Bucs this year after a previous trip through DFA limbo. He has seen extensive action in the majors over the…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: August 10, 2017, 6:56 pm

Knocking Down The Door: Acuña, Borucki, Calhoun, Crawford, Hoskins

“Knocking Down the Door” is a regular feature that identifies minor leaguers who are making a case for a big league promotion. Ronald Acuña, OF, Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett) | Braves Depth Chart The Braves were non-contenders in 2016 when they surprisingly called up top prospect Dansby Swanson from Double-A and inserted him into the starting lineup.…

Author: Jason Martinez
Posted: August 9, 2017, 5:28 pm

Shoulder Soreness Sends Kela To Disabled List

The Rangers announced that right-hander Keone Kela has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 5, with soreness in his right shoulder. It’s an inopportune time for an injury for Kela, who could’ve been in line to see some save opportunities (and thus pad his arbitration earning power), as Evan Grant of…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 9, 2017, 3:11 am

Rangers Select Ricardo Rodriguez's Contract

Right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez’s contract has been formally selected by the Rangers, per a team announcement. He’ll fill the 25-man roster spot of Keone Kela, who hit the DL today due to shoulder soreness. Soon to turn 25, Rodriguez will be making his MLB debut when he first takes the mound for the Rangers, who signed…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 9, 2017, 2:59 am

Mariners Acquire Ernesto Frieri

The Rangers announced that they’ve traded right-hander Ernesto Frieri to the Mariners in exchange for cash. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times first reported the swap and adds that Frieri will help to round out a depleted bullpen in Triple-A Tacoma for the time being (Twitter links). He’s not on the 40-man roster, so no…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 8, 2017, 10:00 pm

Latest Trade Suggests Rangers Will Pursue Shohei Otani

The Rangers tipped their hand for the upcoming offseason when they traded minor league infielder Brallan Perez to the Orioles for $500K in international spending rights on Saturday, opines Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. To Grant, the move signals that the Rangers are retooling – not rebuilding – and will attempt to use…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: August 6, 2017, 3:27 am

Orioles Acquire Brallan Perez From Rangers For Int’l Bonus Spending Rights

2:04pm: The Rangers will receive $500K in international spending rights, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets. 11:25am: The Orioles have acquired minor-league infielder Brallan Perez from the Rangers for the rights to international bonus spending, the teams have announced. The Orioles have assigned Perez to Class A+ Frederick. The 21-year-old Perez was batting .234/.309/.266 for the…

Author: Charlie Wilmoth
Posted: August 5, 2017, 4:25 pm

Deadline Retrospective: How Astros Lost Britton; Why Padres Held Hand

The Astros’ lone move this past Monday was the acquisition of Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays, but multiple reports indicate a significant reason for their lack of activity is due to the fact that an agreed-upon deal for Zach Britton fell through at the eleventh hour. Roch Kubatko of (here and here), MLB Network’s Ken…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 4, 2017, 2:42 am

Beltre Candid In Discussing Thoughts On Rebuilding

Adrian Beltre didn’t sugarcoat his words in telling the media that he wasn’t pleased with the Rangers’ trade of Yu Darvish, writes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Beltre acknowledged that he understands the business side of the game but still hadn’t given up on the 2017 season when Texas flipped its ace to…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: August 3, 2017, 1:39 am

How Yu Darvish Deal Came Together

The Dodgers’ acquisition of Yu Darvish came together quite late, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports explains in fascinating detail. It became apparent the Dodgers wouldn’t get Zach Britton from the Orioles within a half hour of the deadline, but the team had already “abandoned hope” of landing Darvish. The Rangers, meanwhile, had run through their alternative trade partners…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: August 1, 2017, 4:29 pm

MLBTR Poll: Grading The Yu Darvish Trade

Yesterday’s last-minute Yu Darvish swap represented perhaps the most dramatic move of deadline day for a host of reasons. It not only broke after the deadline itself, but represented a major shift for the Rangers and left the Dodgers with another ace on a loaded pitching staff. While the trade doesn’t really impact the picture in…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: August 1, 2017, 2:53 pm

Jurickson Profar Disappointed Over Lack Of Trade

Jurickson Profar didn’t appear in the lineup for the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate tonight, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Profar was frustrated that he wasn’t traded in a deadline deal.  Profar has long been a staple of trade rumors dating back to his time as baseball’s top prospect, though injuries and…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: August 1, 2017, 4:43 am

Rangers Release Wesley Wright

The Rangers released veteran southpaw Wesley Wright earlier this month.  Wright posted a 4.16 ERA in 307 innings over eight big league seasons from 2008-15, though he hasn’t been back to the majors since, plus he’s struggled at the Triple-A level in the Texas and Boston organizations over the last two seasons.

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: August 1, 2017, 3:48 am

Dodgers Acquire Yu Darvish

The Dodgers and Rangers have pulled off a last-minute stunner, striking a deal that sends star righty Yu Darvish to Los Angeles. Second baseman/outfielder Willie Calhoun is the headliner of the return, with righty A.J. Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis rounding out the package going to Texas. To clear a 40-man spot, the Dodgers designated infielder/outfielder Mike Freeman for assignment. Heading into…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 31, 2017, 8:36 pm

Brewers Acquire Jeremy Jeffress

The Brewers have struck a deal to acquire righty Jeremy Jeffress from the Rangers, as’s Jerry Crasnick first reported (via Twitter). The move reverses the reliever’s move this time last year, when he headed to Texas from Milwaukee along with Jonathan Lucroy. The New York Post’s Joel Sherman tweets that the Rangers will receive righty…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 31, 2017, 8:22 pm

Yu Darvish Trade Rumors: Deadline Day

It’s quite possible that today is Yu Darvish’s last day as a member of the Rangers organization. The Texas ace has drawn interest from several teams, with the Dodgers the most prominently linked club. However, Darvish has also been tied to the Yankees and the Indians to varying extents. The Astros are also said to…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 31, 2017, 7:33 pm

Rangers Open To Considering Deals Involving Alex Claudio

The Rangers are “reluctantly willing” to engage in trade talks on reliever Alex Claudio, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). He becomes the latest Texas player to hit the rumor wire, joining fellow relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Keone Kela (though as Grant notes, Jeffress may just end up being DFA’ed). Among those hurlers,…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 31, 2017, 3:37 pm

Yu Darvish Trade Rumors: Sunday

With the non-waiver trade deadline closing in, here’s the latest chatter on Rangers ace Yu Darvish… Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network has the latest on Darvish. It’s said to be unclear whether the veteran would waive his no-trade protection, though of the teams with known interest only the Indians would need authorization to acquire him.…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 31, 2017, 6:27 am

Rockies Acquire Jonathan Lucroy

The Rockies have officially struck a deal to acquire Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, as Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network first reported (via Twitter). A player to be named later is going to Texas in return, per’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). (Note: the PTBNL cannot be a 2017 draft pick.) [RELATED: Updated Rockies Depth Chart]…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 31, 2017, 2:27 am

Rangers Claim Tyler Smith Off Waivers

Infielder Tyler Smith, who was designated for assignment by the Mariners last week, was claimed off waivers today by the Rangers, according to an announcement from the Mariners. Smith, 26, made his Major League debut with the Mariners this summer and appeared in 10 games, though he totaled just 19 plate appearances with a .188/.263/.250…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 30, 2017, 6:06 pm

Rockies, Rangers Discussing Jonathan Lucroy Trade

11:40am: The two sides are still talking about a deal, but there’s “not enough headway” to complete the trade at this time, tweets’s Thomas Harding. 9:11am: The Rockies appear to be in talks with the Rangers about a trade that would send catcher Jonathan Lucroy to Colorado, as Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 30, 2017, 4:40 pm

Yu Darvish Rumors: Saturday

Here’s the latest on the trade market for Rangers star Yu Darvish: The Yankees don’t seem likely to land Darvish, suggests Heyman, who tweets that they haven’t gotten “deep” into talks centering on the 30-year-old. The Rangers should be able to get a better return from another team, adds Heyman, who points to the Dodgers…

Author: Charlie Wilmoth
Posted: July 30, 2017, 2:30 am

Mike Napoli Drawing Interest

This season has been a struggle for Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli, but he’s garnering interest nonetheless, per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, who tweets that “teams love him in the clubhouse.” The powerful Napoli has slugged 22 home runs and put up an excellent .258 ISO, though his .208/.287/.466 line through 336 PAs isn’t…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 30, 2017, 12:05 am

Darvish is Dodgers' Top Priority

Yu Darvish is still the Dodgers’ top target, but the team isn’t likely to surrender any of its “very top prospects” in order to pry him away from the Rangers, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The Dodgers view Sonny Gray as a fallback option for Darvish, who is also drawing interest from the Yankees,…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 28, 2017, 9:53 pm

Rangers Informing Interested Teams They Will Trade Yu Darvish

Top righty Yu Darvish appears to be destined to change uniforms in the coming days, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network (via Twitter). While the Rangers have been waiting to decide whether to deal the talented starter, Rosenthal says the club is now informing rivals that it will trade him. Darvish…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 28, 2017, 2:21 am

Royals Asked About Yu Darvish

The Royals remain on the hunt for rotation help even after netting Trevor Cahill, Heyman writes. (That much may be evidenced by their apparent talks for Francisco Liriano, which are reportedly progressing.) Heyman notes that Kansas City even called the Athletics on Sonny Gray and the Rangers on Yu Darvish, though the team was realistic…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 28, 2017, 2:12 am

Dodgers Focusing On Yu Darvish?

The Dodgers are also looking at starters, of course, and Morosi hears they are (Twitter links) increasingly confident in landing a big name. Currently, Los Angeles is focused more on Rangers star Yu Darvish than either Sonny Gray of the Athletics or Justin Verlander of the Tigers, he notes. Of course, at this point it’s still unclear whether Darvish…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 28, 2017, 12:09 am

Looking For A Match In A Yu Darvish Trade

With next Monday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline looming, there’s a chance right-hander Yu Darvish’s start on Wednesday will go down as his last in a Rangers uniform. If that 3 2/3-inning, 10-earned run disaster against Miami does represent the impending free agent’s swan song in Texas, it’ll be a shame for both parties. Darvish…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 27, 2017, 11:30 pm

Rangers Shopping Jeremy Jeffress, Open To Offers On Keone Kela

5:23pm: Texas is also willing to listen to offers on young righty Keone Kela, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). Kela, 24, opened the year on optional assignment after running afoul of teammates. That also cost him the opportunity to reach three full years of service, thus delaying his ultimate free…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 27, 2017, 10:22 pm

Rockies Seeking Catching Upgrades, Bullpen Arms

The Rockies are looking to upgrade behind the dish and are interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, reports T.R. Sullivan of Sullivan’s colleague, Thomas Harding, reports that the Rox also have some interest in Braves backstop Kurt Suzuki and Tigers catcher Alex Avila. All three of the options listed are set to hit free…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 26, 2017, 1:08 am

Latest On Yu Darvish

There’s still some apparent tension in the Rangers’ stance regarding ace Yu Darvish. The veteran righty is now available for the taking, per’s Jerry Crasnick, but only in the “right deal.” The situation was framed somewhat differently just last night by’s T.R. Sullivan, though perhaps it’s just another way of stating the same takeaway. As…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 25, 2017, 2:08 pm

Indications Rangers Will Hold Yu Darvish

As things stand right now, the Rangers are leaning against dealing star righty Yu Darvish, according to’s T.R. Sullivan. That could still change with an “overwhelming” offer or a total collapse in the standings, he notes. There’s still no clarity in the American League Wild Card picture, and the Rangers remain as plausible a contender…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 25, 2017, 6:32 am

Dodgers Interested In Yu Darvish

The Dodgers were interested in Rangers ace Yu Darvish even before Clayton Kershaw’s back injury, writes Jon Morosi of The timetable for Kershaw’s return, once determined, will further impact their level of interest in Darvish and other arms on the market. Morosi hears that among Dodgers’ top prospects, the team is most attached to…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 24, 2017, 4:58 pm

Rangers Outright Pete Kozma To Triple-A

Rangers infielder Pete Kozma cleared waivers and has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake tweets.  Kozma was designated for assignment on Thursday.  The veteran has appeared in 39 games with the Rangers and Yankees this season, filling in at all four infield positions and hitting .111/.200/.178 in 51…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: July 24, 2017, 2:10 am

Dodgers Have “Strong Interest” In Yu Darvish

The Dodgers were among those who scouted Rangers ace Yu Darvish’s latest start, an eight-frame, 12-strikeout showing against the Rays on Friday. It turns out the Dodgers are one of multiple teams with “strong interest” in Darvish, tweets Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Talks between Los Angeles and Texas are in their preliminary stages, adds…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 23, 2017, 7:57 pm

Latest On Yu Darvish

There’s a belief among some rival evaluators that the Rangers will trade ace Yu Darvish by the July 31 deadline if they don’t believe they’ll be able to re-sign the impending free agent, reports Buster Olney of With Texas unsure of whether it’ll be able to retain Darvish long term, there’s at least one…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 23, 2017, 5:16 pm

Rangers Undecided On Deadline Approach

Rangers GM Jon Daniels told reporters Saturday that he’s unsure whether the 46-50 club will buy over the next week-plus. If they do, though, Daniels indicated that the Rangers will seek controllable starting pitching, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (on Twitter). Everyone wants controllable starting pitching, so that’s not surprising, but it’s…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 23, 2017, 1:41 am

Rangers' Asking Price For Yu Darvish "Awfully High"

As one would expect, the Rangers will have an “awfully high” asking price for ace Yu Darvish if they do market him, relays Rosenthal. Even though Darvish is an impending free agent on a team that doesn’t look likely to make the playoffs, trading him isn’t as obvious as it might seem, contends Rosenthal. Not…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 23, 2017, 12:16 am

Yankees May Have Interest In Yu Darvish

The Yankees had scout Brandon Duckworth in attendance to watch Texas’ game in Tampa Bay on Friday, leading to speculation that the Bombers are interested in Rangers ace Yu Darvish, writes George A. King III of the New York Post. New York is one of many potential suitors for Darvish, who struck out 12 Rays…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 22, 2017, 10:52 pm