Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

Rangers re-signed INF Luis Mendez to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old infielder hit .215/.293/.252 with one homer, 21 RBI and six stolen bases in 76 games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock in 2016. Better known for his glove-work than with the bat, Mendez will continue to serve as organizational depth for the Rangers.
Jan 21 - 11:02 AM

Rangers signed 1B James Loney to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal will pay Loney $1 million if he makes the big league club. The 32-year-old slashed .265/.307/.397 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 366 plate appearances with the Mets in 2016. As it stands currently, the Rangers plan on rolling out a platoon of Ryan Rua and Jurickson Profar at first base.
Jan 20 - 9:29 PM

Yu Darvish confirmed Friday that he will not participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Darvish was limited to just 100 1/3 innings in 2016, after missing the entire 2015 season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. The right-hander noted that it's too risky for him to be pitching in key games so early in the season. The 30-year-old is entering the final season of his contract with the Rangers.
Jan 20 - 7:47 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was told by a Rangers official that the club expects Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet surgery) to make his season debut in May or June.

General manager Jon Daniels didn't provide a timetable on when he thinks Ross might return from last October's thoracic outlet surgery, but the goal is to have the righty healthy down the stretch next season. In other words, fantasy owners would be wise not to expect much, if anything, from Ross in the first half of 2017. Given the shaky history of thoracic outlet surgery patients and uncertain timetable, Ross makes for a high-upside but risky fantasy proposition in the upcoming season.
Jan 20 - 10:38 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers have spoken with the Rangers about Jurickson Profar.

Talks with the Twins for Brian Dozier are at a standstill, so the Dodgers are weighing alternatives for second base, even going beyond names they have been linked to in the past like Ian Kinsler and Logan Forsythe. Profar currently projects to platoon at first base for the Rangers, but he would likely move into a utility role if the club ends up signing Mike Napoli. After missing back-to-back years with shoulder issues, the 23-year-old hit .239/.321/.338 with five home runs and 20 RBI over 90 games with the Rangers last season. Rosenthal also names the Phillies' Cesar Hernandez and the Nationals' Wilmer Difo as potential fits and doesn't rule out the possibility that the Dodgers will eventually find a match with the Twins for Dozier.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 19 - 10:59 PM

Rangers designated RHP Brady Dragmire for assignment.

It's the second time this offseason that Dragmire has been designated for assignment. He was cleared for Carlos Gomez's return last time around and ended up being claimed on waivers by the Pirates before eventually returning to the Rangers, but this time he's the roster casualty for the addition of Tyson Ross. The 23-year-old had a 4.38 ERA and 41/28 K/BB ratio over 72 innings with the Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate in 2016.
Jan 19 - 5:20 PM

Rangers signed RHP Tyson Ross to a one-year, $6 million contract.

The deal was reported last Friday and now it's official. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the contract terms, which include some performance-based incentives. Ross was non-tendered by the Padres in December after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, but the Rangers are willing to take a chance on a rebound. It's not a bad gamble at this price. However, it's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of the season.
Jan 19 - 5:13 PM

Elvis Andrus (hernia) has been running sprints and expects to be ready for Opening Day.

Andrus is still rehabbing from November surgery for a sports hernia and might be eased into action this spring, but he should be 100 percent -- or close to it -- when the real games begin. The 28-year-old shortstop enjoyed the best all-around season of his career in 2016, batting .302/.362/.439 with eight home runs, 69 RBI, 24 stolen bases, and 75 runs scored in 147 games for Texas.
Jan 19 - 1:07 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are finalizing a deal with free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson.

It's likely a non-guaranteed minor league contract or a low-base one-year deal. Tolleson, 28, posted a dreadful 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances for the Rangers last season and was removed from their 40-man roster in October. He did put up a 2.88 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 144 innings with Texas between 2014-2015.
Jan 17 - 5:50 PM

Sam Dyson will pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

He'll join the likes of Andrew Miller, Luke Gregerson, and Mychal Givens in the back-end of Team USA's bullpen. Dyson owns a 2.45 ERA in 179 appearances over the past three seasons. He saved 38 games for the Rangers in 2016.
Jan 17 - 2:12 PM

Jake Diekman will have surgery on January 25 to help alleviate ulcerative colitis and is expected to miss at least half of the season.

That's too bad. Diekman has been open about his fight with the illness and will hopefully get some relief from the procedure. He turns 30 next week and posted a 3.40 ERA and 59/26 K/BB ratio over 53 innings last season. He'll be a nice weapon for the Rangers' bullpen once he's back to full health. The Rangers and Diekman agreed to a one-year, $2.55 million deal last week to avoid arbitration.
Jan 17 - 1:37 PM

Josh Hamilton will work at first base during spring training.

Hamilton has had all sorts of knee problems in recent years, so it could be a way to help him stay on the field. He has already spoken with Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele about the transition to first base. The Rangers are reportedly still in talks with Mike Napoli and the addition of Hamilton doesn't necessarily change that. The likely best-case scenario is that Hamilton sees part-time duty between first base and the DH spot. And yes, the Angels are still on the hook for his contract in 2017.
Jan 17 - 1:28 PM

Rangers signed RHP Dillon Gee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gee put up a 4.68 ERA and 89/37 K/BB ratio over 125 innings last season in a swingman role with the Royals before being shut down in September due to blood clots in his shoulder. He eventually underwent surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome, but the hope is that he'll be ready for spring training. That's far from a sure thing, but he'll provide insurance for the rotation and bullpen if he's back to full health. Of course, the Rangers reportedly reached an agreement last week with Tyson Ross, who is also coming back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
Jan 17 - 12:50 PM

Rangers signed OF Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal has been expected to get done for a while and now it's official. Hamilton turns 36 in May and didn't play a single game in the majors in 2016 after undergoing surgery in June to repair an ACL injury and arterial and meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He was cleared by Rangers' doctors in December and hopes to be 100 percent for spring training, but it's tough to count on him to be a major contributor. As part of his contract, he can request his release if he's not on the major-league roster on April 1.
Jan 17 - 12:21 PM

Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reports that the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox are among the dozen or more teams that plan to attend a showcase for Craig Breslow on January 23.

According to Gammons, Breslow has spent the off-season adopting a new pitch-tracking technology in order to reinvent his throwing habits, with input from Rich Hill. The veteran left-hander posted a 7.01 ERA over 25 2/3 innings at Triple-A in 2016.
Jan 15 - 7:45 PM


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