Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Rangers have signed 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Yenci Pena.

Pena is one of the 12 former Braves prospects that had their contracts voided. He will receive a signing bonus of $675,000 after already receiving $1.05 million from the Braves. Pena hit .230/.328/.327 with two homers, 19 RBI and seven stolen bases in 45 games in the Dominican Summer League as a 16-year-old in 2017.
Dec 9 - 1:29 PM

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are interested in a reunion with Miguel Gonzalez.

Baltimore is absolutely desperate for starting pitching help this offseason after the rotation posted a league-worst 5.70 combined ERA in 2017. Encina says the O's are "one of at least three teams" that have shown interest in Gonzalez, who registered a 4.62 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 100/55 K/BB ratio in 156 innings (27 starts) this past season between the White Sox and Rangers. The veteran right-hander spent the first four years of his career with the Orioles.
Dec 7 - 8:47 AM

Rangers signed LHP Mike Minor to a three-year, $28 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on Monday and finalized Wednesday after Minor passed his physical. The 29-year-old southpaw flourished in a relief role this past season in Kansas City, but the Rangers are expected to try him again as a starter. Minor did have a great year in the Braves' rotation back in 2013 before a shoulder injury temporarily derailed his career. He'll be an iffy fantasy bet in Texas.
Dec 6 - 12:36 PM

Mike Minor has passed his physical with the Rangers, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

His three-year free agent deal is expected to be formally announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Arlington. The financial terms are still unknown. Minor posted a strong 2.55 ERA, 1.017 WHIP, and 88/22 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings of relief this past season for the Royals while holding left-handed batters to a stingy .163/.228/.196 slash line. Word is he'll get a chance to return to a starting role next year in Texas.
Dec 6 - 12:22 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Rangers' plan is to utilize Mike Minor in the starting rotation.

The club agreed to a multi-year deal with the free agent southpaw on Monday, which is still pending a physical. If he isn't going to be used as the closer, then working out of the rotation is probably the next best thing for Minor's fantasy value in 2018.
Dec 4 - 9:40 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers have agreed to a contract with free agent left-hander Mike Minor.

Terms of the deal are not yet known, though it is reportedly a multi-year deal. Minor excelled out of the Royals' bullpen in 2017, even recording six saves at the back end of the bullpen. He came up as a starter though, and that versatility will give the Rangers options on how best to deploy him during the upcoming season.
Dec 4 - 9:35 PM

Rangers re-signed RHP Tony Barnette to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

The Rangers declined Barnette's $4 million club option last month, instead paying him a $250,000 buyout. The 33-year-old struggled with a 5.49 and 1.50 WHIP over 50 appearances out of the Rangers' bullpen last season, but looks much more palatable on a low-cost one-year pact.
Dec 4 - 6:51 PM

Rangers signed LHP David Hurlbut to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 28-year-old southpaw spent the past seven seasons in the Twins' organization. He went 10-8 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 103/30 K/BB ratio across 130 2/3 innings at Triple-A Rochester in 2017. He makes for a nice low-cost addition to Rangers' starting pitching depth.
Dec 4 - 4:37 PM

Rangers signed INF Christian Lopes to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 25-year-old spent the first six seasons of his career toiling in the minor leagues for the Blue Jays. Lopes hit .269/.357/.421 with seven homers and 46 RBI in 96 games in 2017, primarily at Triple-A Buffalo. He'll add organizational infield depth for the Rangers.
Dec 4 - 4:34 PM

Rangers signed RHP Chi Chi Gonazlez to a minor league contract.

Gonzalez returns to the Rangers after getting non-tendered on Friday. He is on the mend from Tommy John surgery and is likely to miss the entire 2018 season.
Dec 4 - 4:31 PM

Rangers non-tendered RHP Nick Martinez.

Martinez owns an underwhelming 4.77 ERA over 68 starts and 20 relief appearances in the majors, averaging just 5.1 K/9. He underwent sports hernia surgery after the season, though he's expected to be healed in time for spring training. The 27-year-old was due to be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Dec 1 - 9:52 PM

Rangers non-tendered RHP A.J. Griffin.

Griffin posted a rough 5.94 ERA over 15 starts and three relief appearances in 2017. The Rangers understandably weren't willing to give him a raise via the arbitration process.
Dec 1 - 9:48 PM

Rangers non-tendered INF Hanser Alberto.

The move makes Alberto a free agent. The 25-year-old was limited to five games in the minors this season due to a shoulder injury which eventually required surgery in June.
Dec 1 - 9:46 PM

Rangers non-tendered RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez.

Gonzalez wasn't arbitration-eligible, but the move puts him on the free agent market. The 25-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery during the second half this year and will likely miss the entire 2018 season.
Dec 1 - 9:44 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Mike Napoli recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hand.

Bradford says that Napoli played through the injury for the duration of the 2017 season. The veteran first baseman hit 29 home runs for the Rangers but batted only .193/.285/.428 overall for a career-low .713 OPS. It's unclear how long the rehab will take for Napoli, who turned 36 a month ago.
Dec 1 - 3:12 PM


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