Player News - Rangers

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According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have informed Mike Napoli that they will not exercise his $11 million club option for 2018.

Napoli will receive a $2.5 million buyout and hit free agency. The soon-to-be 36-year-old batted just .193 with a .285 on-base percentage in 124 games this season with Texas, though he did slug 29 home runs. He'll likely struggle to find lucrative offers on a market that will be flush with DH/1B types.
Oct 17 - 5:25 PM

Rangers sent OF Jared Hoying outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

The 28-year-old outfielder is now off the Rangers' 40-man roster. Hoying batted just .222/.260/.306 in 77 plate appearances this season with Texas.
Oct 10 - 5:35 PM

Rangers sent 3B Will Middlebrooks outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Middlebrooks earned a September callup in Texas but registered a poor .211/.231/.368 batting line in 39 plate appearances. The 29-year-old corner infielder passed through waivers unclaimed and has elected to become a free agent.
Oct 10 - 5:33 PM

Rangers sent INF/OF Phil Gosselin outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Gosselin batted just .146/.180/.188 in 50 plate appearances this season between the Pirates and Rangers. The 29-year-old utilityman will be a free agent this winter.
Oct 10 - 5:31 PM

Rangers sent RHP Paolo Espino outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Espino had a 6.00 ERA in two starts and 10 relief appearances this season between the Brewers and Rangers. The 30-year-old right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed.
Oct 10 - 5:29 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers are considering extending a qualifying offer to Andrew Cashner.

Cashner had to settle for a one-year, $10 million contract last offseason, but he had a nice year in Texas with a 3.40 ERA and 1.32 WHIP across 166 2/3 innings. That should set him up for a multi-year pact this winter, but he might consider a qualifying offer since a multi-year deal surely wouldn't be for $18.1 million AAV. Cashner turned 31 last month.
Oct 6 - 12:50 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Wednesday that there have been conversations about moving Matt Bush from the bullpen to the rotation.

Bush was drafted as a big-armed shortstop out of a San Diego high school back in 2004 -- No. 1 overall, in fact -- before nearly throwing his baseball career away with a range of off-field criminal incidents. He moved to the mound by 2007 and the now-31-year-old right-hander has been excellent in relief for the Rangers over the last two seasons, posting a 3.08 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 119/33 K/BB ratio in 114 innings. This will be a story to track leading into spring training next year.
Oct 4 - 2:21 PM

Rangers released DH Prince Fielder.

Fielder's professional baseball career ended in August 2016 due to chronic neck issues, so this is really just a paperwork move. He played 12 seasons in the major leagues, batting .283/.382/.506 with 319 home runs and 1,028 RBI in 1,611 games. The 33-year-old is still owed $72 million, with the Tigers covering $18 million of it.
Oct 4 - 1:04 PM

According to Rangers president of communications John Blake, the club has exercised its 2019 option on manager Jeff Banister.

Texas missed the playoffs this year with a record of 78-84, but Banister's overall managerial record since joining the Rangers in 2015 is a cool 261-225. Banister was named American League Manager of the Year after his first season at the helm. He's now locked in for the next two seasons.
Oct 4 - 1:00 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News opines that the Rangers need to trade Jurickson Profar this offseason.

Profar spent the majority of the year with Triple-A Round Rock while batting .287/.383/.428 with seven homers and 45 RBI over 87 games. The 24-year-old former top prospect was passed over for a call-up in September, a decision which was believed to be motivated in part by service time. There's increasing frustration with the situation and no clear fit in the Rangers' lineup, so moving on might be best for both sides. Profar will be out of options going into spring training, so something will have to give soon.
Oct 3 - 8:43 AM

Cole Hamels allowed three runs in three innings in the Rangers’ season finale Sunday against the Athletics.

Hamels gave up nine runs in nine innings over his final two starts, inflating his ERA from 3.80 to 4.20 on the year. It’s his highest ERA since 2009 (4.32) with the Phillies. The 33-year-old posted a career-low strikeout rate this year (105 strikeouts in 148 innings) and we’re not optimistic about a rebound unless he suddenly starts missing more bats again.
Oct 1 - 7:35 PM

Nomar Mazara went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in Sunday’s season finale against the Athletics.

The single pushed Mazara to 101 RBI for the year. While it’s a nice accomplishment, the 22-year-old only saw a marginal improvement this year with a .253/.323/.422 batting line. He matched the 20 homers he hit during his rookie season. He’s still very young, so the Rangers and fantasy owners will have to hope that there’s still room for improvement here.
Oct 1 - 7:34 PM

Adrian Beltre (hamstring) is back in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

Beltre hasn't started since Tuesday as he battles a nagging hamstring injury, but he's back in there Sunday so Rangers fans can see him one final time this season. He's in the designated hitter spot against Daniel Mengden and the A's.
Oct 1 - 11:48 AM

Jared Hoying collected a single and a double while posting two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's win against Oakland.

Hoying has played sparingly since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the month. He'll need to have a great spring to crack the big league roster in 2018.
Oct 1 - 2:30 AM

Rougned Odor finished with a pair of singles, a double, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's victory against the Athletics.

It wasn't all great for Odor, as he booted a ground ball for his 19th error of the season. The three-hit game put the brakes on an ugly 0-for-22 slide over his past nine outings. He hit below .216 in every month this season except July.
Oct 1 - 2:27 AM


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