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Rangers Acquire Matt Moore

The Rangers have officially acquired lefty Matt Moore from the Giants. Texas will also add $750K of international bonus pool spending capacity while shipping minor-league righties Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz to San Francisco. With the move, the Giants have cut loose a pitcher that was slated to open the season as part of the organization’s rotation. As a peak at…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 16, 2017, 2:24 am

Rangers Notes: Greinke, Makita

Talks between the Rangers and Diamondbacks regarding Zack Greinke are “mostly dead,” according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (via Twitter).  Three other teams, however, have some interest.  The Phillies and Yankees have both reportedly checked in on Greinke, though it isn’t clear if either is one of the three teams Heyman references.  The D’Backs are willing…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:14 am

Rangers Agree To Minors Deals With Hanser Alberto, Kevin Jepsen

The Rangers have announced minor-league pacts with infielder Hanser Alberto and righty Kevin Jepsen. Both will receive MLB Spring Training invitations. The 25-year-old Alberto was non-tendered by the Rangers earlier in the offseason, but he’ll remain with the only organization he has known. Alberto missed the bulk of the season due to a shoulder issue…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 14, 2017, 3:39 pm

Rangers Acquire Carlos Tocci

The Rangers have acquired outfielder Carlos Tocci from the White Sox in exchange for cash, tweets Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Chicago had selected him with the No. 4 pick in the Rule 5 draft (out of the Phillies’ system). Tocci was a fairly high-profile sign out of Venezuela for the Phils back in…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: December 14, 2017, 2:45 pm

Minor MLB Transactions: 12/14/17

Here are a few recent minor moves that took place amidst the recent flurry of major league rumors and transactions… A source tells MLBTR’s Jeff Todd that Felix Doubront has agreed to terms on a contract with the KBO’s Lotte Giants. Doubront hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015, though he did spend some time with…

Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: December 14, 2017, 9:59 am

Rangers “Strongly Pursuing” Kelvin Herrera

The Rangers are “strongly pursuing” late-inning reliever Kelvin Herrera of the Royals, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports tweets. The Rangers have already been connected to a couple of different potential trade candidates in the past few days, and it’s no secret that their bullpen could use some fortification. Their 2017 relievers as a group ranked…

Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: December 14, 2017, 9:01 am

Rangers Interested In Mark Reynolds

The Rangers and Red Sox each have some degree of interest in free agent first baseman Mark Reynolds, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. They join a few other clubs with interest, as we covered recently.

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 14, 2017, 1:46 am

Pitching Rumblings: Twins, Darvish, Cishek, Cole, Mariners, Liriano, Watson

While the market for starters is still fairly slow to develop, relievers have been flying off the board at the Winter Meetings. Here’s the latest chatter on some hurlers from around the game: The Twins are sending signals that they’re serious about their pursuit of free agent righty Yu Darvish. As LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star-Tribune…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 13, 2017, 7:21 pm

Rangers Eyeing Backup Catchers

Rosenthal also notes within that piece that the Giants, Blue Jays, Rangers and Twins are all looking for backup catchers as well. Any from that bunch could stand out as a reasonable landing spot for Avila, though he’s stated that his preference is to play for a contender even if it comes at the expense…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: December 13, 2017, 4:38 pm

International Notes: Keithron Moss, Bolsinger, Wagner

The Rangers have signed 16-year-old shortstop Keithron Moss, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Moss, a native of the Bahamas, trained at the Max D Sports Academy and will get a bonus of $800K. As I noted when the club signed Yenci Pena recently, the Rangers are finding other ways to allocate the large bonus pool…

Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: December 13, 2017, 11:00 am

Tigers, Rangers Not Making Progress In Fulmer Talks

The Rangers are one of the teams known to have contacted the Tigers about Michael Fulmer, though Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Fress Press reports that the two sides haven’t gotten very far in negotiations.  Fulmer’s ability and years of team control make him an attractive target for any club, especially the pitching-needy Rangers, though…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: December 13, 2017, 5:47 am

Rangers Talking To D’Backs About Pitchers, Including Zack Greinke

10:36pm: The D’Backs are “showing no interest in a salary dump,” USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports (Twitter link), as the Rangers are offering only “marginal prospects” and they want Arizona to pay a portion of Greinke’s contract (perhaps in the form of Choo’s deal). 8:19pm: Texas isn’t one of the 15 teams on Greinke’s no-trade…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: December 13, 2017, 4:36 am

Latest On Billy Hamilton

There’s significant enough interest in Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton that it’s possible a deal could come together during the Winter Meetings, according to a report from Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer. In particular, the Giants are holding “serious discussions” with Cincinnati. The Giants have long been connected to Hamilton, with Ken Rosenthal of The…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 12, 2017, 8:28 pm

Pitching Market Rumblings: Brewers, Rays, Duffy, Nicasio, Arrieta

Starting pitching is in the news this morning, with several notable names being discussed. But there are a whole lot of other moving pieces out there. Let’s run down the latest chatter on the pitching market: The Brewers have chatted with the Rays about their potential rotation trade pieces, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 12, 2017, 5:28 pm

Rangers Have Inquired On Michael Fulmer, Marcell Ozuna

After missing on Shohei Ohtani, the Rangers are spreading a wide net in search of improvements. The latest word is that they have asked about two of the top potential trade assets on this winter’s market. Texas is one of several teams to have inquired on the availability of Tigers righty Michael Fulmer, according to Evan…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 12, 2017, 3:25 pm

Rangers, Padres, Rockies Join Indians, Others In Pursuit Of Carlos Santana

TUESDAY, 7:42am: Santana and his representatives are weighing offers from several teams, Hoynes reports, though it isn’t certain if he is close to accepting a deal. MONDAY, 5:04pm: The Padres have indeed discussed Santana, but “it seems they’re still focused on” Hosmer, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter link). 1:51pm: The…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: December 12, 2017, 1:42 pm

Rangers Rumors: Yu, G. Cole

The Rangers talked to the Pirates about acquiring right-hander Gerrit Cole, but those discussions didn’t go anywhere, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports (Twitter link). Given that the Rangers are in need of starters even after signing Doug Fister and Mike Minor, the possibility of them turning back to old friend and top free agent Yu…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: December 12, 2017, 2:35 am

FA Rumors: LoMo, Rox, Hunter, Mets, Kintzler, Brewers, O’s, Tigers, Jays

The latest free agent rumors… Contrary to a report from Sunday, the Rockies haven’t had any discussions about signing first baseman Logan Morrison, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post (Twitter link). Reliever Tommy Hunter has emerged as a “prime target” for the Mets in their search for bullpen help, according to Marc Carig of…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: December 11, 2017, 11:41 pm

Rangers, Mets Have Discussed Profar/Harvey Swap; Orioles Also Talking Harvey

5:00pm: A Brach-Harvey swap is unlikely to occur, Mike Puma of the New York Post tweets. 4:34pm: The Orioles are discussing dealing a reliever for Harvey tweets Rosenthal, who lists Brad Brach and Darren O’Day as potential trade chips. 3:28pm: The Rangers aren’t willing to trade Profar for a year of control, Grant tweets. 2:59pm:…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 11, 2017, 11:00 pm

Rangers To Sign Chris Martin

The Rangers have struck a two-year deal with righty Chris Martin, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). Martin will receive a $4MM guarantee with $550K in annual incentives that can be reached if he reaches unstated games-finished thresholds. Martin is represented by SSG Baseball. Though the 6’8″ Martin did not succeed in…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 11, 2017, 6:50 pm

Latest On Pitching Plans For Rangers, Orioles Entering Winter Meetings

Every team in baseball is still looking for pitching, so in that regard the Rangers and Orioles don’t stand out. But these two organizations are similarly situated in some regards; notably, each came into the offseason with rosters that appear to be capable but not certain of contention along with clear needs for significant improvement…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 11, 2017, 3:37 pm

Quick Hits: Sports Science, Iglesias, Moylan, Rangers

Though baseball hasn’t publicly embraced sports science the way it has analytics, the Giants are looking towards that very field as a way to gain an advantage. A fascinating article by Ian MacMahan of The Athletic (subscription required and recommended) provides some insight into the goals of Geoff Head, San Francisco’s newly-promoted assistant director of player…

Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: December 11, 2017, 12:51 pm

Cubs Among Teams Pursuing Alex Cobb

SUNDAY: Along with the Cubs, count the Rangers, Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles among teams interested in Cobb, according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). SATURDAY: The Cubs added right-hander Tyler Chatwood on a three-year, $38MM guarantee this week, but another sizable investment for their rotation could be on the way. With the Winter Meetings…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: December 10, 2017, 5:17 pm

Rangers Notes: Darvish, Bullpen

Speaking of six-man rotations, the Rangers could be prime candidates to go that route in 2018 if they manage to bring back Yu Darvish, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News observes. The Rangers didn’t enter the offseason planning to spend big money on a single player, but Grant wonders if they’ll pivot from that…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: December 10, 2017, 1:20 am

Minor MLB Transactions: 12/9/17

We’ll keep track of today’s minor moves in this post. The Rays have bolstered their bullpen depth by signing right-hander Cody Hall to a minor-league deal, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. The pact includes an invitation to spring training. As Topkin notes, Hall has made major-league relief appearances with the Giants (who…

Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: December 9, 2017, 9:25 pm

Rangers Were Only Team To Offer Minor A Rotation Opportunity

Similarly, left-hander Mike Minor didn’t accept the top offer he received in free agency. FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweeted this week that Minor had offers of $30MM total, though those offers came over the life of a four-year term. Minor took a slightly lesser $28MM guarantee over three years, giving him a much higher annual value…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: December 8, 2017, 5:48 pm

Shohei Ohtani Has Completed In-Person Meetings With Prospective Teams

As young Japanese star Shohei Ohtani moves toward a decision on where he’ll sign, it seems he will sit down in person with representatives from each of the seven MLB organizations that have been selected to continue on in his unique posting/signing process. Those seven teams are the Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Padres, Mariners, Rangers, and…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 6, 2017, 8:14 pm

Rangers Sign Mike Minor

1:59pm: Minor will receive a $1MM signing bonus with salaries of $8MM (2018) and $9.5MM (2019 & 2020), per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (via Twitter). 11:10am: The Rangers have announced the signing of lefty Mike Minor to a three-year pact. The Jet Sports Management client will receive a $28MM guarantee and also picks up ten-team…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 6, 2017, 7:59 pm

Rangers Re-Sign Tony Barnette

The Rangers have agreed to re-sign righty Tony Barnette to a one-year deal, according a team announcement. He’ll receive a $1.5MM guarantee, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). Texas had previously declined a $4MM option on Barnette, paying him a $250K buyout and putting him back onto the open market. He…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 4, 2017, 11:34 pm

Rangers Agree To Minor League Deals With Chi Chi Gonzalez, Three Others

The Rangers announced today that they’ve re-signed right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez to a minor league contract and invited him to Spring Training. Also getting minor league deals and camp invites are outfielder Anthony Gose (as has been previously reported), lefty David Hurlbut and infielder Christian Lopes. Gonzalez was the Rangers’ first-round pick back in 2013,…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: December 4, 2017, 10:10 pm

Shohei Ohtani Plans To Meet With Seven Teams

Shohei Ohtani has already narrowed his list of potential landing spots to seven team, according to multiple reporters (with Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM the first to tweet the final seven). Only the Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Padres, Mariners, Rangers and Cubs will receive meetings with Ohtani. While Ohtani has three weeks to…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: December 4, 2017, 1:34 pm

Could A Six-Man Rotation Help The Rangers Woo Ohtani?

The Rangers are one of the teams reportedly still in the hunt to sign Ohtani, though if they’re at a disadvantage if Ohtani is favoring West Coast teams, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News proposes a more unique way for the Rangers to stand out — a six-man rotation.  This would give Ohtani a…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: December 4, 2017, 6:13 am

Mariners, Giants, Padres, Rangers, Cubs, Angels Among Teams To Meet With Shohei Ohtani

11:40pm: The Angels are indeed one of the finalists, as per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (via Twitter). 10:39pm: The Angels are thought by “multiple sources” to be one of the finalists, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan tweets.  The Tigers are out of the running, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. 8:59pm: The Rangers…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: December 4, 2017, 5:40 am

2017 Non-Tenders

The deadline to tender 2018 contracts to players is tonight at 8pm EST. We’ll keep track of the day’s non-tenders in this post (all referenced arbitration projections courtesy of MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz) … The Giants non-tendered righty Albert Suarez, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area tweets. Suarez, 28, was not yet eligible for arbitration. Righty…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 2, 2017, 1:10 am

Rangers Sign Anthony Gose

Anthony Gose is joining the Rangers on a minors deal, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter links). He’s expected both to function as a left-handed reliever — as he did last year in the minors — and to play the outfield — as he long did previously, including at the major-league level. Gose,…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: December 1, 2017, 4:30 am

Rangers Eyeing Relievers As They Await Ohtani Sweepstakes

Now that the Rangers have signed righty Doug Fister, they’re likely to turn their focus to the bullpen for the time being, tweets MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. That’s not to say Texas is through adding to its rotation, but Jon Daniels and his staff will certainly want to see how the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes plays out…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: November 29, 2017, 5:16 am

Shohei Ohtani Rumors: Tuesday

Though Shohei Ohtani has not even yet been officially posted — that’s expected as soon as Friday — the supreme young talent is drawing plenty of attention from MLB organizations. Those clubs received a memorandum over the weekend asking them to provide information to Ohtani and his representatives on a variety of subjects, which is…

Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: November 28, 2017, 10:13 pm

Rangers Sign Doug Fister

In what has been a slow offseason for all 30 big league clubs, right-hander Doug Fister has broken the ice and signed a one-year deal with the Rangers, the team announced today. Fister, a client of PSI Sports Management, will reportedly be guaranteed $4MM in the form of a $3.5MM base salary for 2018 and either a $4.5MM club…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: November 28, 2017, 10:01 pm

Rangers Claim Juan Centeno From Astros

The Rangers announced that they’ve claimed catcher Juan Centeno off waivers from the Astros. Centeno was placed on outright waivers last week. The 28-year-old Centeno spent some time as a backup catcher with Houston this past season and logged more significant time with the Twins a year prior. Overall, he’s batted .254/.306/.382 with five homers,…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: November 27, 2017, 8:39 pm

Rangers Still Interested In Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn

The Rangers signed Doug Fister earlier today but aren’t done looking for pitching, as MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports (Twitter link) that the club is still showing interest in Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn.  Given the uncertainty in the Texas rotation and Fister’s own inconsistent performance in recent years, it isn’t surprising that the Rangers…

Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: November 27, 2017, 5:54 am

Rangers Have Shown Interest In Jake Arrieta

In addition to the previously reported Brewers and Twins, the Blue Jays, Rockies and Rangers have shown interest in free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta, Cafardo relays. All of those teams have contacted agent Scott Boras about Arrieta, though it’s unclear how serious any of them are about the 31-year-old. The Rangers seem to have the…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: November 25, 2017, 9:55 pm

Players Added To The 40-Man Roster

As detailed earlier this morning at MLBTR, the deadline for Major League clubs to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight. Because of that, there will be literally dozens of moves between now and 8pm ET as teams make final determinations on who…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: November 21, 2017, 12:47 am

Rangers Acquire Ronald Herrera From Yankees

The Rangers are set to acquire right-hander Ronald Herrera from the Yankees, reports MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (on Twitter). The two teams announced the trade shortly thereafter, revealing that lefty Reiver Sanmartin is going to the Yankees in return. Herrera was on the Yankees’ 40-man roster and will thus be added to the Rangers’ 40-man roster as…

Author: Steve Adams
Posted: November 20, 2017, 6:01 pm

Rangers, Alex Cobb's Reps Have Been In Contact

The Rangers “have had preliminary contact” with right-hander Alex Cobb’s representatives, Morosi writes. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier this month that the starter-needy Rangers covet Cobb, one of the top hurlers on the open market. Cobb returned in earnest from 2015 Tommy John surgery last season to turn in a career-best…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: November 19, 2017, 2:14 pm

Affordable Starters Rangers Could Consider

With the Rangers in desperate need of starters, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News lists several bargain free agents who might be worthy of their attention on the open market. Two of those players, Miguel Gonzalez and Miles Mikolas, bring past Rangers experience to the table. Recent Tommy John surgery recipient Michael Pineda, John…

Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: November 19, 2017, 3:41 am