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Rangers GM Jon Daniels expects Martin Perez (elbow) to be ready around the 2015 All-Star break.

Daniels watched video of Perez throwing on Wednesday and noted that the left-hander was making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Perez had the procedure in May, and full recovery usually takes close to 15 months. He could carry some fantasy value in the second half of the 2015 season.
Dec 17 - 4:10 PM

Rangers signed RHP Mitch Atkins to a minor league contract.

Atkins hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011. The 29-year-old was most recently in the Braves system. He holds a 6.75 ERA in 22+ career innings at the MLB level, though again, it's been quite some time since he appeared in a game.
Dec 17 - 12:50 PM

Rangers designated RHP Ben Rowen for assignment.

Rowen made it up for a cup of coffee in 2014 but spent most of the season at Triple-A, posting a 3.45 ERA and 31/9 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. The submariner holds a 1.72 ERA in his minor league career and could draw some interest on waivers.
Dec 16 - 7:31 PM

Rangers designated LHP Scott Barnes for assignment.

Barnes has already been with three different organizations since just before Thanksgiving and it's looking like it will be a fourth. The 27-year-old had a 3.69 ERA and 35/16 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level this past season.
Dec 16 - 7:28 PM

Rangers signed INF Tommy Field to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Field turns 28 in February and batted .154 (4-for-26) in 15 games with the Angels this past season. He'll provide some infield depth in the spring.
Dec 16 - 3:04 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram writes that the Rangers are optimistic about re-signing Adam Rosales.

Rosales was non-tendered by the Rangers in December, but they still hope to bring him back for a lesser salary. The 31-year-old batted .262 with four home runs and a .706 OPS over 56 games this season and would function as a utility infielder if he returns.
Dec 16 - 2:04 PM

Matt Harrison will have a CT scan on his back this week.

Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery in June and hopes to begin a throwing program in January. He's still a big question mark for 2015.
Dec 16 - 12:56 PM

Rangers signed INF Gabriel Noriega to a minor league contract.

Noriega is a slick-fielding shortstop who cracked Baseball Prospectus' Top 100 prospects list in 2010, but he batted just .275/.299/.360 across 412 plate appearances this past season between Double-A and Triple-A. The 24-year-old is a .257/.295/.332 career hitter in the minors.
Dec 15 - 1:57 PM

Rangers signed 1B Kyle Blanks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's a split contract, carrying different salaries for his time spent in the minors and majors. Blanks was designated for assignment and then non-tendered by the A's earlier this offseason after appearing in only 26 games in 2014 due to a lingering Achilles issue. But the 6-foot-6, 265-pound first baseman was certainly worth a shot on a low-risk deal for Texas. He's had a couple nice stretches of production when healthy.
Dec 15 - 12:47 PM

Rangers signed RHP Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year, $1 million contract.

The deal includes a club option for 2016. Fujikawa had an ugly 4.85 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 15 relief appearances this past season for the Cubs, but he should be better in 2015 as he moves further away from Tommy John elbow surgery. The 34-year-old could eventually work his way into a setup role in Texas.
Dec 15 - 10:01 AM

According to Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com, the Rangers have agreed to a deal with Kyuji Fujikawa.

Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed and Fujikawa must still pass his physical. Provided he's healthy, the 34-year-old hurler could find his way into a setup role in front of Neftali Feliz in the Rangers bullpen. It's a nice low-cost signing for the Rangers.
Dec 12 - 8:40 PM

TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are working on a deal with free agent right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa.

Sullivan notes that the deal would be pending a physical, as Fujikawa is working his way back from elbow surgery. His two years in Chicago were plagued by injuries and disappointment, posting a 5.04 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 25 innings. If healthy, the 34-year-old could be a nice addition to the Rangers bullpen.
Dec 12 - 6:09 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that Jurickson Profar is set to begin next season in the minors.

Profar, of course, missed the entire 2014 season due to a right shoulder injury. While the team is encouraged about his progress health-wise, they know he needs to make up for lost time and the plan is to give him regular playing time at Triple-A to start next season. "Probably not," Daniels said of the possibility of Profar making the Opening Day roster. "He needs to play. We’re not going to keep him as our utility guy." Rougned Odor is slated to open next season as the Rangers' second baseman.
Dec 12 - 11:41 AM

Rangers acquired LHP Ross Detwiler from the Nationals in exchange for INF Chris Bostick and RHP Abel de los Santos.

The trade was reported earlier Thursday and has now become official. Detwiler was forced to the bullpen last season due to the Nats' crowded rotation, but the Rangers will use him as a starter. The lefty doesn't miss bats but holds a 3.55 ERA in 364 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Dec 11 - 7:44 PM

Rangers signed RHP Anthony Bass to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bass elected to become a free agent after being outrighted off the Astros' 40-man roster late last month. The 27-year-old posted an ugly 6.33 ERA over 21 appearances at the major league level this past season. He'll provide some bullpen depth.
Dec 11 - 5:27 PM

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