Player News - Rangers

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Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Jonathan Hernandez from High-A Down East.

The move means that Hernandez has been added to the 40-man roster. The 21-year-old put up a 4.03 ERA and 110/44 K/BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings over 22 starts and one relief appearance this year between Class A Hickory and High-A ball.
Nov 20 - 3:22 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco.

The move ensures Jurado won't be selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft. The 21-year-old saw a dip in strikeouts this year in Double-A while posting a 4.59 ERA over 27 starts, but his control continues to be a strength.
Nov 20 - 3:18 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of INF Isaiah Kiner-Falefa from Double-A Frisco.

Kiner-Falefa earned a spot on the Rangers' 40-man roster after batting .288/.350/.390 with five homers and 17 steals over 129 games in Double-A this year. The 22-year-old made starts behind the plate as well as all over the infield, so he makes for an intriguing utility option.
Nov 20 - 3:15 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Joe Palumbo from High-A Down East.

Palumbo missed most of the season due to Tommy John surgery, but the Rangers believe in his potential. The 23-year-old owns a 2.61 ERA with a 258/94 K/BB ratio over 231 minor league innings.
Nov 20 - 3:11 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Brett Martin from High-A Down East.

The 22-year-old was added to the 40-man roster. Martin, a fourth-rounder from 2014, had a 4.70 ERA and 90/35 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings over 16 starts in High-A this year.
Nov 20 - 3:08 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of C Jose Trevino from Double-A Frisco.

Trevino is now protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old batted .241/.275/.323 with seven homers in 105 games this season in Double-A while throwing out 41 percent of attempted basestealers.
Nov 20 - 3:05 PM

Rangers acquired RHP Ronald Herrera from the Yankees for LHP Reiver Sanmartin.

Herrera will be on the Rangers' 40-man roster. The 22-year-old made two appearances in the majors this season and posted a strong 1.91 ERA and 57/15 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings in the minors. He has a chance to be a useful bullpen arm.
Nov 20 - 1:03 PM

Tampa Bay Times writer Marc Topkin expects "mutual interest" between the Rays and free agent Mike Napoli.

The Rays are a wild card this offseason, with the possibility to move any and every player on their roster for the right price. Napoli could interest the club as a veteran leader on a team that could soon be devoid of veteran leadership, Topkin asserts, and would also fit on the field and in the lineup with first baseman Logan Morrison now departed as a free agent. It's unclear what the 36-year-old Napoli's market may look like after he hit 29 homers but batted .193/.285/.428 overall this past season with the Rangers.
Nov 18 - 11:06 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are interested in acquiring Jurickson Profar from the Rangers.

There is no obvious short-term or even long-term spot for Profar in the Bronx, but Sherman says the Yankees "would be willing to take on a single player with upside and pedigree in exchange for multiple players who are crowding their deep 40-man roster." Profar, once considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, has batted just .229/.309/.329 in 206 career games at the major league level. A change of scenery would probably do him some good. There is also said to be interest from the Reds and Padres.
Nov 16 - 10:45 AM

Rangers acquired OF Hunter Cole from the Giants as the player to be named later in the Sam Dyson trade.

Dyson was dealt to the Giants in June and became the team's closer down the stretch, finishing with 14 saves. Cole, a 26th-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Georgia, batted .249/.323/.431 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 83 games this past season with Double-A Richmond. He has been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.
Nov 15 - 3:03 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Jurickson Profar doesn't have a set role for 2018.

As of now, Profar is expected to be on the Opening Day roster next year, but that's only because he's out of options. The 24-year-old appeared in just 22 games in the majors this season and batted .287/.383/.428 with seven homers and 45 RBI over 87 games in Triple-A. The Rangers decided against a call-up in September, which ensures that he will remain under team control through 2020 as opposed to 2019. Profar has expressed his frustration with the situation, but barring a trade, the former top prospect figures to be a bench player for Texas going into next season.
Nov 14 - 8:56 PM

Nick Martinez recently underwent sports hernia surgery.

Martinez is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training. The 27-year-old holds a career 4.77 ERA across four seasons with the Rangers while working as a swingman.
Nov 13 - 2:09 PM

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have "definite interest" in free agent starters Andrew Cashner and Jason Vargas.

Baltimore is on a wide-ranging hunt to acquire starting pitching help after a disappointing 2017 season that saw the rotation put up a league-worst 5.70 combined ERA. Cashner, 31, signed a one-year, $10 million pact with the Rangers last offseason and went on to post an up-and-down 3.40 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 86/64 K/BB ratio across 166 2/3 innings. Vargas finished tied for the MLB lead in wins with 18, but his peripheral numbers were as underwhelming as Cashner's and the veteran left-hander turns 35 years old in February.
Nov 8 - 9:50 AM

The Rangers will not extend a qualifying offer to right-hander Andrew Cashner, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

This confirms what was reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Cashner had a strong season on the surface (3.40 ERA in 28 starts), but his secondary numbers cast a lot of doubt on his ability for a repeat. There's a decent chance he would have accepted a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer, so the Rangers decided against it.
Nov 6 - 3:43 PM

The Rangers have officially named Colby Lewis as special assistant to the general manager.

This confirms what was reported last week. Lewis hasn't officially announced his retirement, but he turned 38 in August and didn't pitch in the majors this season. He's expected to work with young pitchers in his new role with the team.
Nov 6 - 3:26 PM


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