Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Orioles and two other clubs are in talks with Yovani Gallardo's agent.

Cotillo adds that the Rockies no longer appear to be in the mix for the right-hander. The Orioles have been connected to Gallardo for a while now and have a need for a reliable starter, but they're hesitant to part with the No. 14 overall pick. Gallardo figures to be looking for a deal similar to Ian Kennedy's five-year, $70 million pact.
Feb 8 - 8:05 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles are "checking medicals again and weighing the pros and cons" of signing Yovani Gallardo.

It was Kubatko who suggested a week ago that the O's would probably move on from Gallardo and were more likely to acquire a starter via trade. However, he's now saying they "definitely are reconsidering" despite their hesitancy to forfeit the No. 14 overall pick. Gallardo's peripherals and velocity have been heading in the wrong direction, but his durability could be a big boost for an O's team that lost Wei-Yin Chen this offseason.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 7 - 8:18 AM

Sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Orioles remain interested in free agent Yovani Gallardo.

Recent reports suggested the O's wouldn't have interest in Gallardo because he would cost the team the No. 14 overall pick in June's MLB Draft, but Rosenthal said the price for the right-hander could fall to the point that it would make sense for the club. The team acquired potential starter Odrisamer Despaigne on Thursday, but their rotation remains a weakness and they'll need help from somewhere to compete in a loaded AL East. The market for the 30-year-old has been cold and getting colder as teams go alternative routes in their search for starting pitching help.
Feb 4 - 6:30 PM

Rangers signed RHP Carlos Fisher to a minor league contract.

Fisher, who will turn 33 later this month, posted a 1.61 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 56 innings at Triple-A with the Braves last season. He hasn't seen the majors since 2011 and is merely a depth addition.
Feb 2 - 4:38 PM

Roch Kubatko hears that it's "more realistic" that the Orioles acquire a starter through trade rather than free agency.

The O's have been connected to Yovani Gallardo and according to Kubatko "were deep in discussions" with the right-hander's agent. However Kubatko now says Baltimore is "much more reluctant" to give up the No. 14 overall pick that it would take to sign Gallardo. With the Astros having signed Doug Fister and the Rockies' interest reportedly overblown, Gallardo's suitors seem to be falling by the wayside.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 1 - 4:18 PM

Rangers and LHP Jake Diekman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.225 million contract.

The deal also includes incentives which could push the total even higher. The figure is closer to the $975,000 that the Rangers filed at than it is to the $1.55 that the southpaw was seeking. He'll again function in a setup capacity in front of closer Shawn Tolleson for the Rangers
Jan 29 - 8:20 PM

Rangers signed RHP Steve Johnson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 28-year-old right-hander elected free agency after the Orioles designated him for assignment in early December. He posted a 2.30 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 67/16 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings at Triple-A Norfolk in 2015. With his ability to both start and pitch out of the bullpen, he'll add valuable depth for the Rangers.
Jan 29 - 6:54 PM

Rangers re-signed RHP Nick Tepesch to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Tepesch was non-tendered by the Rangers back in December, but now he's back with the organization. The 27-year-old missed all of last season with elbow issues and underwent surgery in August to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He has begun throwing off a mound, but his status for the start of 2016 is unclear.
Jan 27 - 3:18 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Saturday that the club is willing to consider the possibility of using Jurickson Profar in the outfield if a need arises.

Daniels made the comment after he was asked what the Rangers would do if Josh Hamilton went down with injury. Profar hasn't played the field at all in two years because of a shoulder injury and is projected to begin the season as the starting shortstop in Triple-A. However, the Rangers currently have Elvis Andrus at short and Rougned Odor at second base. Profar will obviously have to prove that the shoulder issues are past him in order to play anywhere at the major league level, but the Rangers are willing to get creative if he produces at the plate.
Jan 26 - 8:46 AM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Rockies "aren't being especially aggressive" on Yovani Gallardo.

The report essentially backs up general manager Jeff Bridich's statement over the weekend that the club's reported interest in Gallardo was "fairly overblown." With the Rockies looking like a long shot, it's sounding like the right-hander will wind up choosing either the Orioles or Astros. The team that signs Gallardo will have to surrender a draft pick.
Jan 25 - 7:07 PM

Rangers and RHP Shawn Tolleson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.275 million contract.

Tolleson asked for $3.9 million and was offered $2.6 million from the Rangers when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides were able to find a middle ground on Monday afternoon. Tolleson spent most of the 2015 season as the Rangers' closer, tallying 35 saves alongside a 2.99 ERA. He also registered an impressive 76/17 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander will carry major fantasy value in 2016.
Jan 25 - 3:02 PM

MLB has determined Yu Darvish had no involvement in his brother's illegal gambling operation.

Darvish's brother was arrested in Japan back in October for running an illegal gambling ring that took bets on MLB games. Darvish released a statement last week denying any involvement and MLB has since cleared him of any wrongdoing. Darvish missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery but should be back in the rotation by May.
Jan 23 - 7:45 PM

GM Jon Daniels said the Rangers will "manage" Josh Hamilton's knee throughout the season.

Hamilton has had two surgeries on his left knee since September and has struggled with injuries throughout his career. The 34-year-old had a cortisone shot on Thursday and was able to take batting practice the next day. That's a good sign but Hamilton is no lock to stay healthy and the Rangers need to be prepared in the likely event that his knee flares up again. Fortunately the Rangers have excellent outfield depth, particularly in the farm system with top prospects Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara.
Source: rangers.com
Jan 23 - 7:31 PM

GM Jeff Bridich said the Rockies' interest in free agent RHP Yovani Gallardo is "fairly overblown."

This comes on the heels of a Denver Post report that the Rockies were in "serious talks" with Gallardo. The Rockies are among three teams known to be interested in Gallardo with the Astros and Orioles also in the mix. The right-hander is aiming for a deal in the four-year, $60 million range. Because he refused the Rangers' qualifying offer, Gallardo is tied to draft pick compensation.
Jan 23 - 5:10 PM

According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Adrian Beltre is interested in signing a contract extension with the Rangers and there have at least been preliminary talks between the club and his agent, Scott Boras.

The 36-year-old is entering the final season of his six-year deal with the Rangers. He has progressed well in his rehab from a torn ligament in his left thumb and is to the point where he can do all baseball activities without any issues. The Rangers are already on record stating their desire to retain Beltre, so expect the two sides to come to an accord during the spring.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 23 - 8:19 AM


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