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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are in agreement with Alexi Ogando on a one-year contract.

The deal is pending a physical, and Ogando can't be considered a sure thing to pass it given his elbow and shoulder issues in recent seasons. It's worth $1.5 million plus another $1.5 million available in incentives. The health concerns are why the Rangers decided to non-tender him next month, but it's not a surprise that there was interest given his career 3.35 ERA. Ogando has both started and relieved but would likely do the latter in Boston.
Jan 30 - 3:50 PM

An MRI taken this week on Jurickson Profar's right shoulder showed significant healing.

Profar will stretch his throwing out to 75 feet next week and he has also been cleared to introduce dry swings into his workout plan. The 21-year-old infielder should be close to 100 percent for the beginning of the 2015 season, but he's probably going to be ticketed for Triple-A after sitting out all of 2014.
Jan 29 - 3:33 PM

Rangers acquired RHP Anthony Ranaudo from the Red Sox in exchange for LHP Robbie Ross.

A former sandwich round pick, Ranaudo has posted a sub-3.00 ERA in the minors each of the last two seasons but struggled mightily with a 4.81 ERA and 15/16 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings in the majors. He has big velocity, but the righty has command issues and might be destined for the bullpen over the long haul. For now, the Rangers could give him a shot to compete for a rotation spot.
Jan 27 - 6:40 PM

Chad James has been suspended 50 games for amphetamines.

James was the 18th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, but he's not really a prospect anymore at age 24. The left-hander had an underwhelming 1.36 WHIP and 35/22 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings last season for the Rangers' High-A Myrtle Beach affiliate.
Jan 27 - 4:15 PM

Prince Fielder (neck) declared Friday that he's fully healthy and ready to go.

In good spirits, Fielder quipped, "I'll play a pickup game right now" during the team's awards dinner on Friday. The veteran slugger is eager to put the disappointing 2014 season behind him and wants to return to playing every day next season. Fielder hit just .247/.360/.360 with three homers and 16 RBI over 42 games in his first season as a Ranger before being shut down with the neck issue.
Jan 23 - 10:17 PM

Rangers and INF/OF Mitch Moreland avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.95 million contract.

The final figure is close to the midpoint that the two sides filed at. Moreland can also earn an additional $25,000 in incentives. He's expected to begin the season as the club's primary option at designated hitter against right-handed pitching.
Jan 23 - 7:36 PM

The Rangers invited top power prospect Joey Gallo to major league spring training as a non-roster invitee.

The 21-year-old isn't going to make the Opening Day roster, but has an opportunity to work with and showcase his skills for the big league coaches. In 126 games between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco, Gallo slashed .271/.394/.615 with 42 homers and 106 RBI in 2014. He also whiffed 179 times though, including 115 times in 68 games at Double-A. His power potential is off the charts, but he'll need to improve his plate discipline and cut back on the strikeouts before he's a serious option for the Rangers.
Jan 23 - 7:20 PM

Rangers signed RHP Ross Ohlendorf to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 32-year-old hurler was sidelined for most of the 2014 season due to back injuries. He he pitched well in the past out of the rotation and from the bullpen, and his versatility could land him a spot on the Rangers Opening Day roster in a sixth starter/long reliever type of role.
Jan 23 - 7:14 PM

Jurickson Profar (shoulder) will extend his throwing to 60 feet on Monday.

Profar played catch Wednesday from a distance of 45 feet and will do the same on Thursday. He's scheduled to undergo a follow-up MRI next week after this stretch of light workouts. The Rangers are hoping that the 21-year-old infielder will be healthy for the start of the 2015 season, though he's likely ticketed for Triple-A after appearing in zero games in 2014.
Jan 22 - 1:19 PM

Martin Perez (elbow) has begun playing long toss from a distance of 105 feet.

Perez told Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest that his surgically-repaired left elbow feels "great." But he had Tommy John in May, and the procedure usually takes over 13 months to recover from. Expect to see him in Arlington, Texas around late June or early July.
Jan 22 - 12:56 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) long-tossed Wednesday in Arlington, Texas.

Darvish is on a normal offseason throwing program and should be 100 percent for the start of spring training in February. The right-hander's 2014 season ended prematurely due to elbow inflammation, but he didn't need surgery and all signs point to him again being a fantasy ace in 2015. Darvish, 28, owns a 3.27 ERA and 11.2 K/9 in 545 1/3 career major league innings.
Jan 21 - 4:33 PM

Matt Harrison (back) is now throwing from 75 feet.

Harrison began his rehab on January 7 with light throws from 30-40 feet, and he's progressed steadily in the weeks since. The left-hander underwent career-threatening spinal fusion surgery last summer and is a big question mark for the 2015 season.
Jan 21 - 4:30 PM

Rangers acquired C Carlos Corporan from the Astros for RHP Akeem Bostick.

Corporan will serve as the back-up to Robinson Chirinos behind the plate. The Astros had a glut of catching depth and decided to designate Corporan for assignment on Tuesday, but quickly found a taker in the Rangers. The 31-year-old won't hit much, as he has a career .226/.286/.350 triple-slash line as a switch-hitter, but his value will come in spelling Chirinos, handling the Rangers' pitching staff, and playing solid defense.
Jan 21 - 12:13 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Rangers and Astros have agreed on a trade involving Carlos Corporan.

The Astros designated Corporan for assignment on Tuesday after recently avoiding arbitration with him for $975,000. The Rangers, in search of catching depth, pounced on the opportunity to add a back-up to Robinson Chirinos behind the dish. Corporan, 31, has a career .637 OPS in 659 plate appearances.
Jan 21 - 10:45 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Rangers are emerging as the "clear favorite" to acquire Carlos Corporan.

It's no surprise, as the Rangers were connected to Corporan last week. Corporan was designated for assignment by the Astros Tuesday, and they likely knew they had a deal with Texas that they expected to finalize. The 31-year-old has batted .230/.294/.368 with 13 homers over the last two seasons for Houston. He'd be used as Robinson Chirinos' backup with the Rangers.
Jan 20 - 10:25 PM

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