Player News - Rangers

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Clayton Blackburn didn't allow a run over two innings of work in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

Blackburn surrendered a pair of hits while striking out one in his scoreless debut appearance. Once a respected prospect, the 25-year-old right-hander managed just a 4.97 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 96 innings at Triple-A in 2017. All but three of those innings came in Texas' system, after he was traded over from the Giants in April. He could potentially see a few spots of major league action for the Rangers during the upcoming season, but figures to open the campaign down at Triple-A Round Rock.
Feb 24 - 7:45 PM

Hanser Alberto left Saturday's Cactus League game due to left hamstring tightness.

It's one thing after another for the beleaguered infielder, who missed all but five minor league games in 2017 due to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery. Unlike that injury, this one seems to be fairly minor. He's shooting to win a job with the Rangers as a utility player.
Feb 24 - 6:41 PM

Matt Bush will make his Cactus League debut as a starting pitcher for the Rangers on Sunday.

The right-hander is fully committed to becoming a starting pitcher and there's certainly an opening available for him if he pitches well this spring. Mike Minor will start for the Rangers on Monday and Ronald Herrera will go on Tuesday. Doug Fister and Cole Hamels are scheduled to pitch in simulated games on Tuesday.
Feb 24 - 10:41 AM

Rangers placed LHP Joe Palumbo on the 60-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jesse Chavez. Palumbo will miss the first couple months of the season while working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 23 - 9:59 AM

Elvis Andrus (back) is aiming to return to workouts in Rangers camp on Friday.

Andrus has been resting for the last couple of days after coming down with back spasms. The 29-year-old shortstop carries huge fantasy potential into the 2018 season after slashing .297/.337/.471 with 20 home runs, 88 RBI, 25 stolen bases, and 100 runs scored over 158 games in 2017.
Feb 22 - 2:34 PM

Rangers signed RHP Jesse Chavez to a one-year, $1 million contract.

His salary will go up $500,000 assuming he officially makes the Opening Day roster and he can earn $1.5 million more in incentives. Chavez registered a 5.35 ERA in 38 appearances (21 starts) with the Angels last year, tallying 119 strikeouts in his 138 innings. He provides value because of his swingman ability, but he's been much more effective pitching out of the bullpen. Long relief is likely going to be his role with the Rangers when all is said and done.
Feb 21 - 7:04 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez.

The one-year deal -- which is pending a physical -- will come with a $4 million guarantee, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Gomez struggled to attract significant interest on the open market this winter despite posting an .802 OPS with 17 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 105 games last season with the Rangers. He battled hamstring, shoulder, and ankle ailments throughout the year, but with better health this could be a nice bounceback situation for both Gomez and the rebuilding Rays. The 32-year-old will play a corner outfield spot, with defensive maestro Kevin Kiermaier sticking in center field.
Feb 21 - 1:33 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed Tuesday that Joey Gallo is locked in as the club's everyday first baseman for 2018.

Gallo started 66 games at third base in 2017 and also spent some time in left field, but the Rangers don't want the 24-year-old slugger to bounce around as much defensively this season. "Right now, and the immediate prospect of what the team is, it's first base," said Banister. "Joey has an athletic body. I think he's athletic enough to go back [to third], but right now we are focused on first base." Obviously some of this hinges on veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre having better luck on the health front. Gallo carries massive fantasy upside into the 2018 campaign after tallying 41 home runs and 80 RBI in 145 games last year.
Feb 20 - 4:17 PM

Elvis Andrus had his morning workout cut short on Tuesday due to back spasms.

No reason to take any chances this early in camp. Andrus should be fine in the next day or two. The 29-year-old shortstop is coming off a career-best year where he batted .297/.337/.471 with 20 homers, 88 RBI, 25 steals, and 100 runs scored over 158 games.
Feb 20 - 2:26 PM

Adrian Beltre indicated Monday that he's open-minded to spending more time at designated hitter in 2018.

Shin Soo Choo is projected to be the Rangers' primary designated hitter this season, but the goal is to give Beltre more time there in order to stay fresh. "I had a talk with JD, and he let me know he would like me to DH more," said Beltre. "It depends how it goes. If I feel great, I don’t need to DH, but if I need a day or two to give my legs a breather, I will DH. I want to go in the lineup as much as I can." Beltre -- who turns 39 in April -- saw 28 starts out of the DH spot last season, most of them while protecting a hamstring injury down the stretch.
Feb 20 - 10:37 AM

Trevor Plouffe said Sunday that it's unlikely he'd accept a minor league assignment if he doesn't make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

Plouffe is in camp as a non-roster invitee and it sounds like he'll use the opt-out clause in his contract if he doesn't make the team. He batted just .198/.272/.318 across 100 games for the A's and Rays last season.
Feb 18 - 11:34 AM

Rangers signed RHP Edinson Volquez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's a two-year deal, as Volquez is expected to miss the entire 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery last August. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo says Volquez will earn at least $2 million if in the majors in 2019 and the contract can max out at $6.5 million. The Marlins remain on the hook for the $13 million he's owed in 2018. Volquez, who turns 35 in July, posted a 4.19 ERA over 17 starts for the Marlins last season before going under the knife. His highlight in 2017 was throwing the only no-hitter in baseball.
Feb 16 - 2:34 PM

Matt Bush told reporters Wednesday in Rangers camp that he is fully committed to becoming a starting pitcher.

"There is no doubt in my mind," said Bush. "That is what I'm preparing for and I'm not looking back." The 32-year-old former No. 1 overall pick has posted a strong 3.08 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 119/33 K/BB ratio in 114 innings of relief over the last two seasons. He could have sneaky fantasy value in a starting role with Texas.
Feb 14 - 11:38 AM

Rangers signed INF Trevor Plouffe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that the deal was close and MLB.com's Mark Feinsand says it's done. Plouffe, 31, batted only .198/.272/.318 across 100 games for the A's and Rays last season, so it's not a surprise that he's going to have to settle for a minor league pact. He'll try to win a bench job.
Feb 12 - 7:18 PM

Martin Perez (elbow) has begun throwing off a mound.

He's not throwing full bullpen sessions yet, but the fact that Perez is throwing off a mound at all means he's a bit ahead of schedule following December surgery to repair a fractured right (non-throwing) elbow. The Rangers said after the operation that they expected Perez to miss the first month of the season, but the southpaw has indicated that he plans to be ready for Opening Day. It's early, but he would appear to have a shot to reach his goal.
Feb 9 - 2:21 PM


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