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After hiring a new manager, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said his next priority is to work on re-signing Colby Lewis.

"We haven’t been able to spend much time on that," Daniels said of a new contract. "We can get back to that now." The Rangers have exclusive negotiating rights with Lewis through the end of the World Series. The 35-year-old went 10-14 with a 5.18 ERA in 29 starts with the club in 2014.
Oct 18 - 6:31 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) will return to the United States in November to undergo a follow-up MRI on his right elbow.

If all goes well with that exam, Darvish is expected to resume his normal offseason throwing program. The All-Star right-hander was shut down for the season in mid-August due to inflammation in his pitching elbow.
Oct 17 - 7:15 PM

Elvis Andrus told the Dallas Morning News at manager Jeff Banister's introductory press conference on Friday that he's lost 10 pounds since the end of the season.

Andrus added that he plans to drop an additional 10 pounds. It was a disappointing 2014 campaign for the shortstop, as he batted just .263/.314/.333 with two homers, 41 RBI and 27 steals. Apparently the 26-year-old believes that shedding some weight will help him rebound in 2015. The first year of Andrus' eight-year, $118 million extension kicks in next season.
Oct 17 - 5:58 PM

Tanner Scheppers (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Friday.

Scheppers missed the majority of the 2014 season due to elbow issues, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Friday that the right-hander is now ahead of schedule in his recovery. He'll be used in a bullpen role next season.
Oct 17 - 4:25 PM

The Rangers on Thursday officially announced Jeff Banister as their new manager.

He beat out Tim Bogar and Kevin Cash for the job. Banister has spent the last 29 years as either a player or coach in the Pirates organization but will now get his first shot to manage at the big league level. "What stood out is his presence," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He is an impressive guy to meet. You can understand how he can command a room."
Source: MLBlogs.com
Oct 16 - 7:04 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers have hired Jeff Banister to be their next manager.

Banister has spent the last 29 years as either a player or coach in the Pirates organization and now finally gets a crack at a big-league managing job -- the most attractive opening out there this fall. Banister beat out finalists Tim Bogar and Kevin Cash for the Texas gig. Joe McEwing, Mike Maddux, Torey Lovullo, Steve Buechele, and Alex Cora were also considered. Ron Washington stepped down in early September.
Oct 16 - 11:33 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have informed Alex Rios that they will decline his $13.5 million option for 2015.

An expected move, Rios will receive a $1 million buyout and become a free agent. The 33-year-old outfielder batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season before being shut down in September with a thumb injury. However, he should be able to find a starting gig somewhere this offseason.
Oct 15 - 9:33 AM

The three finalists for the Rangers' managerial opening are Tim Bogar, Jeff Banister, and Kevin Cash.

That comes from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Bogar finished the 2014 season as the Rangers' interim manager after Ron Washington stepped down. Bannister is the current third base coach of the Pirates and Kevin Cash is the current bullpen coach for the Indians. Cash played for the Rangers' Triple-A team as recently as 2011.
Source: MLBlogs
Oct 14 - 4:39 PM

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Torey Lovullo and Alex Cora have been told they're no longer candidates for the Rangers' managerial opening.

Lovullo, the Red Sox' bench coach, and Cora, currently a television analyst, both interviewed for the position in recent days. The list of remaining candidates includes Tim Bogar, Kevin Cash, Joe McEwing, Jeff Banister, Mike Maddux and Steve Buechele, possibly among others.
Oct 13 - 10:37 PM

Rangers officials confirmed Friday that Tim Bogar and Alex Cora interviewed for the team's managerial vacancy.

Bogar and Cora are just a handful of the many names rumored to be in the running for the position. Bogar finished the season as the interim manager after Ron Washington stepped down, and since the team played so well down the stretch he's expected to garner serious consideration.
Oct 10 - 7:13 PM

Rangers claimed INF Ed Lucas off waivers from the Marlins.

The 32-year-old was a very versatile and valuable cog in the Marlins lineup the past two seasons, slashing .255/.302/.323 over 163 games with the Fish while handling six different positions defensively. He'll look to secure a bench job with the Rangers.
Oct 10 - 5:55 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar is "considered the frontrunner" to land the full-time position.

Bogar went 14-8 at the helm of the Rangers after taking over for the departed Ron Washington. He will officially interview for the job on Friday. Alex Cora will also interview on Friday and they're expected to be the final two candidates. Others that have already interviewed include Torey Lovullo, Kevin Cash, Joe McEwing, Steve Buechele and Mike Maddux.
Oct 10 - 10:16 AM

Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash will interview for the Rangers' managerial opening.

Cash joins a list of internal and external candidates that includes Joe McEwing, Jeff Banister, Torey Lovullo, Tim Bogar, Mike Maddux and Steve Buechele. Cash, just 36 years old, is a former major league catcher who played as recently as 2011 with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, explaining his link to the team.
Oct 8 - 11:05 PM

The Rangers interviewed White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing and Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister for their managerial opening Wednesday.

Neither was a known candidate for the position before Wednesday. Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, interim manager Tim Bogar, pitching coach Mike Maddux and Triple-A manager Steve Buechele are also believed to be in the mix to replace the departed Ron Washington.
Oct 8 - 8:03 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rangers are expected to decline Alex Rios' $13.5 million club option for 2015.

No official decision has been made yet, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com had a similar report last month. Rios batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season before being shut down in September with a thumb injury. His 2015 option can be bought out for $1 million.
Oct 8 - 1:35 PM


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