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Met Rangers RHP Phil Klein with Next Level Ballplayer!

My buddy Franco at Next Level Ballplayer is always rubbing elbows with guys in the bigs. I had the chance to meet and listen to him interview a promising young Texas Rangers reliever from nearby Gahanna, Phil Klein. Nice guy, can’t wait to see what he does in 2015.
Via Diamond Hoggers
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

The Texas Rangers have signed Kyuji Fujikawa

The Texas Rangers made another splash in free-agency. This time, it had to do with pitching. The team signed free agent right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. The Rangers reportedly signed Fujikawa to a one-year deal for a club option until 2016. Fujikawa is expected to make around $1.1 million dollars with the club and has the opportunity to earn incentives as well. The team feels...
Via isportsweb.com
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers: Ranking the Top 10 Prospects

#1 – Jorge Alfaro – Alfaro has a cannon of an arm behind the dish, but his receiving ability is not quite there. It is solid, just not yet elite but it could be. At the plate, Alfaro has very good power who can hit plenty of doubles and put together home run numbers in the high-teens to low-20s. He hit .261 at both High-A and Double-A in 2014 but only walked 29 times while striking...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniels pleased with roster Rangers have put together

Texas Rangers fans hoping for general manager Jon Daniels to deliver a new player for Christmas may be disappointed. Despite not making a big splash yet this offseason, Daniels likes the direction the roster is heading for a team that finished in last place in the American League West in 2014. "I think there are a few areas we'd still like to add some depth and we may," Daniels said...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Injury Update: Matt Harrison hoping to throw in January

The Texas Rangers look ahead this winter to improving the club which won just 67 games this past season. Injuries played a major part in the brutal season, as only four players appeared in over 120 games and no pitcher made 30 starts. One pitcher who lost most of the season was Matt Harrison. The good news is that he's hoping to throw in January and should contribute next season...
Via Sports Injury Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers make Fujikawa deal official

The Texas Rangers have liked Kyuji Fujikawa since they scouted him when he was a dominant closer in Japan. The Rangers aren't getting that version of the veteran right-hander, 34, who they signed to a one-year deal for $1 million plus performance bonuses Tuesday. But the version they are getting they believe will be able to help out in the bullpen. "We're very excited to add a veteran...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Japanese reliever Fujikawa to one-year deal

Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa signed a $1 million, one-year deal Tuesday with the Texas Rangers that includes a club option for 2016. Fujikawa was a standout reliever in Japan before spending the last two seasons with the Cubs. His time in Chicago was limited because of Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow. His deal with the Rangers includes performance-based...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Choice eager to compete for starting spot with Rangers

FORT WORTH, Texas – Michael Choice's 2014 baseball season couldn't have gotten off to a better start. The hometown star made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career with the team he grew up watching in the Texas Rangers. It was pretty much all downhill from there on for Choice though, whose season included a demotion to Triple A and a strained hamstring that ended...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Japanese reliever Fujikawa

The Texas Rangers have signed Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016. Texas announced the deal Tuesday. Fujikawa spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, but missed much of that time after Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in June 2013. He had 27 appearances with a 5.04 ERA with the Cubs. He had 31 strikeouts and eight walks...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Rios And Problems of Perception

Why Alex Rios can't win the battle of optics when it comes to his contract
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Holland forgives dog that injured him and we should too

The holiday season is here. It's a time that brings out the best in people. There's gift giving and good cheer spreading. There's mistletoe kissing and Christmas caroling. There are sweaters, and dreidels, and ladles full of heavily-bourboned egg nog. But most of all, there's forgiveness for the pets and animals that have wronged us throughout the year (That's you, Randy -- I forgive...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers: Free Agency and Trade Report

Scott Barnes The Texas Rangers have kept quiet this offseason making transactions behind closed doors. At the end of last season, Texas made it known that pitching would be something they needed to work. In the past two weeks, the team did just that adding two young pitching prospects through free agency and trade. The first move made by the team this offseason was the signing of...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers: Jurickson Profar to begin season in minors

After Jurickson Profar missed the entire 2014 season with a shoulder injury it should come as little surprise that the Texasn Rangers plan to start the 21-year-old in the minors when next season gets underway. While the Rangers have been encouraged by the recovery of Profar they have him ticketed for Triple-A to start the year rather than contend for a spot as a bench bat. Rangers...
Via Tireball.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets And Rangers Discussing Potential Trade

I tried my best not to make the title of this post misleading. Nothing seems imminent, but Chris Cotillo of SB Nation has reported that the New York Mets and Texas Rangers are engaged in trade discussions and could possibly come to terms on something before the end of the winter meetings Thursday. Cotillo also noted that while no specific players are being discussed at the moment...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Schlact: A Hard-Fought Journey

Michael Schlact’s journey started when he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft. Many scouts and baseball personnel believed that Schlact had the potential to be an impact arm in the Majors. Things don’t always work out as one would like, and after struggling between Single and Double-A, his shoulder needed surgery. He recovered but wasn’t really...
Via Baseball Essential
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers rumors: Winter meetings update

The Baseball Winter Meetings are upon us. Beginning December 7th and running through the 11th. The 113th Winter Meetings will take place in San Diego California. Generally, this is when a majority of offseason trades and transactions occur. Nobody knows exactly when this annual event turned into a frenzy of transactions but it has. While an eight player trade may become possible...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays hire Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash as new manager

Over the past two seasons, the Cleveland Indians pitching staff has been a constant surprise. The development of starters like Corey Kluber, Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Carrasco and more have propelled the Tribe to back-to-back successful campaigns. Two of the unheralded coaches behind this success are pitching coach Mickey Callaway and bullpen coach Kevin Cash. Well, the surprise is...
Via Waiting For Next Year
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Lewis, Rangers Agree To One Year Deal

The Texas Rangers and right-hander Colby Lewis have agreed to a one year $4 million deal according to a report by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. The two sides couldn’t agree to terms in time to avoid free agency, despite mutual interest between both sides. Rangers G.M. Jon Daniels said on Tuesday that he believed the two sides could work out a deal by the end of the week. After an...
Via Baseball Essential
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Injury Update: Jurickson Profar, Mitch Moreland

The Texas Rangers look forward to the 2015 season coming off a dismal 67-win season which featured a barrage of injuries. At 17th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 28th in ERA, the Ranges could improve greatly next season just with the presence of a healthy roster. Only a handful of players appeared in over 125 games last season and no pitcher made 30 or more starts. There...
Via Sports Injury Alert
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Should The Red Sox Pounce On Alexi Ogando?

(Associated Press Photo)The Texas Rangers recently non-tendered the contract of 31-year old right-hander Alexi Ogando. Basically, he was the Texas version of Daniel Bard—jerked around by his organization between starting and relieving to his ultimate detriment. While Bard simply lost confidence in his ability, Ogando mostly got injured. Last year, he pitched just 25 innings and...
Via FenwayNation
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Rays slugger Carlos Pena joins MLB Network

MLB Network announced on Monday that former Tampa Bay Rays (among others) first baseman Carlos Pena would be joining their stable of on-air personalities. Pena will be making his debut on Thursday’s editions of MLB Now and MLB Tonight. The 36-year old Pena spent 2014 with the Rangers, and was released after playing just 18 games in the majors. Pena was an All-Star for the Rays...
Via Awful Announcing
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox, Northeastern Alum Carlos Pena Joins MLB Network As Analyst

This embed is invalid" /> Carlos Pena is hopping behind the desk. The MLB Network announced Monday that Pena has joined its team as a studio analyst. The 14-year major league veteran hasn’t officially announced his retirement in conjunction with the news, but it’s reasonable to think his career might be over. Pena, 36, was drafted by the Texas...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Injury Update: Yu Darvish to start throwing in early December

Like many on his team, Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish had his 2014 season cut short due to injury. Darvish, though did manage to play most of the season before inflammation in his right elbow forced him to call it quits on August 10. Now, though, Darvish has recovered, and he will begin his offseason throwing program soon after Thanksgiving. Darvish cleared to throw http://t.co/QnL94NPflP—...
Via Sports Injury Alert
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Sammy Sosa: Still alive (probably), still as freaky-looking as all get-out (photo)

Ever since Sammy Sosa disappeared from Major League Baseball, he has surfaced from time to time at some various function, appearance, on his own Pinterest page or what-have-you. The prevailing reaction to each time Sosa reemerges in public elicits is the continued, utter shock at his bizarre appearance (the above haunting image is from 2010,...Read More The post Sammy Sosa: Still...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ron Washington reveals why he resigned from the Rangers

Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington on Thursday made his first public comments since suddenly resigning Sept 5. Washington acknowledged during a news conference that he broke his wife’s trust. The former Rangers skipper did not take questions or go into great detail, but he expressed remorse while addressing reporters. “I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke...
Via NESN.com
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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