Player News - Rangers

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Rangers acquired LHP Brady Feigl in the Luke Jackson trade with the Braves.

The left-hander recently recovered from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old has thrown only 2/3 inning above Single-A ball. He went undrafted after playing college baseball but signed with the Braves and pitched well in the lowest levels of the minor leagues before the elbow injury. Despite his inexperience he has a chance to pitch in the majors as a left-handed specialist but is unlikely to have any fantasy value.
Dec 8 - 8:36 PM

Rangers acquired RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl from the Braves for RHP Luke Jackson.

This trade amounts to both clubs swapping 2010 supplemental first-round draft picks who failed to live up to expectations. Jenkins was drafted by the Cardinals and briefly garnered some buzz on top prospect lists but was ultimately unable to generate enough strikeouts to justify the hype. He was traded to the Braves prior to the 2015 season. He pitched 52 innings this year in his rookie campaign but walked more batters than he whiffed, leading to a poor 5.88 ERA. He is unlikely to ever be worthy of fantasy rosters.
Dec 8 - 8:31 PM

Keith Law of ESPN reports that the Braves have traded right-hander Tyrell Jenkins to the Rangers.

Per multiple reports, left-hander Brady Feigl will also go to the Rangers while hard-throwing right-hander Luke Jackson is headed to the Braves. There has yet to be an official announcement. Jenkins, 24, was a first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2010 and garnered some attention as a top 100 prospect for a couple of years before being traded to the Braves prior to the 2015 season. He pitched 52 innings for the Braves this year with a 5.88 ERA. He walked 33 batters and fanned only 26. The Rangers will see if there's something to salvage here.
Dec 8 - 7:21 PM

Rangers selected LHP Matthew Smoral from the Blue Jays in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Smoral was a supplemental first-round pick in the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft and landed a big bonus from Toronto out of high school, but he hasn't been able to climb past High-A ball and he registered a brutal 13.15 ERA this past season with Low-A Vancouver. The 22-year-old left-hander is a non-prospect at this point.
Dec 8 - 1:53 PM

Rangers selected RHP Mike Hauschild from the Astros with the No. 16 pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Hauschild has spent most of the last two seasons in the Triple-A Fresno rotation, going 16-15 with a 3.33 ERA and a 200/67 K/BB ratio in 227 innings. The Astros, though, didn't think his stuff would play in the majors. The Rangers have a greater need for rotation depth and will take a long look at him in the spring. If he doesn't make the team as the fifth starter, he could be a factor in middle relief.
Dec 8 - 10:35 AM

Rangers signed OF Cesar Puello to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Puello posted a cool .413 on-base percentage in 78 games this past season with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though it came with only five home runs in 289 plate appearances. The 25-year-old outfielder has never appeared in a game at the major league level and seems doubtful to crack the Opening Day roster with Texas.
Dec 8 - 9:59 AM

Ranger re-signed OF Jared Hoying to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hoying was non-tendered by the Rangers earlier this month, but he's now back with the club on a non-roster invite to major league camp. The 27-year-old outfielder appeared in 39 games with Texas in 2016, slashing just .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI.
Dec 8 - 9:56 AM

Scott Boras, the agent for Carlos Gomez, said that his client turned down multi-year offers in favor of re-signing with the Rangers for one season.

Gomez will be coming back to the Rangers on a one-year, $11.5 million contract, which was agreed to on Tuesday night. Said Boras, "He really found something with the hitting coach and the staff that allowed him for the first time in his career to be selective at the plate. He felt he wanted to continue in with that group. He actually turned down multi-year offers to bet on himself for that reason." In 33 games with the Rangers after being released by the Astros in August, the 31-year-old outfielder slashed .284/.362/.543 while swatting eight homers and swiping five bags.
Dec 7 - 4:17 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Desmond is headed to the Rockies.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is worth $70 million while Joel Sherman reports that it's a five-year contract. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports there's an option for a sixth year which could bring the total outlay to $83 million. Alrighty then, Rockies. It's an unexpected fit, for a number of reasons. The Rockies already have a surplus of outfielders, so this potentially opens the door for Charlie Blackmon to be traded. Rosenthal also notes that Desmond will likely split time between first base and the outfield. It should be stated that the Rockies will have to give up the No. 11 overall pick (the highest unprotected pick) in 2017 to sign Desmond since he rejected a qualifying offer from the Rangers. That's not ideal. On the bright side, he'll be in a fantastic spot for fantasy value.
Dec 7 - 11:19 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that Ian Desmond is not going to the Blue Jays, Nationals, or Rangers.

Bowden previously reported that Desmond has settled on a team and that his reps are now working on finalizing a deal. By process of elimination, the Cardinals could be the most likely fit here, but perhaps there's a "mystery team" involved. We should soon find out.
Dec 7 - 11:03 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Ian Desmond will not be returning to the Rangers.

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reported earlier that Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and Heyman hears that he has found an opportunity with a team other than the Rangers. We know the Cardinals have been linked to him in recent days, but that's just speculation at this point. More details should leak out soon.
Dec 7 - 10:27 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that Ian Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and that his representatives are in the process of finalizing a deal on Wednesday.

The identity of that team? We aren't sure quite yet, but the Cardinals have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days and a reunion with the Rangers is still a possibility even after the Carlos Gomez deal. Desmond batted .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016.
Dec 7 - 9:36 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have re-signed outfielder Carlos Gomez.

He'll get a one-year, $11.5 million contract, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. It's a bit surprising Gomez couldn't find a multi-year deal in this weak free agent market, but his dreadful tenure with Houston likely scared teams away. Gomez batted .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games down the stretch this past season with Texas, after getting released by the Astros in early August. He will probably open the 2017 campaign as the Rangers' starting center fielder.
Dec 6 - 11:48 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears the Rangers are "making progress on a deal" with Carlos Gomez.

"Could come together quickly," adds Passan. Interest in a reunion with Texas was first reported by Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, and it does make plenty of sense. Gomez posted a terrific .905 OPS in 130 plate appearances down the stretch this past season with the Rangers after getting released by the Astros in August. He was awful in Houston, which is why his free agent market hasn't been more robust.
Dec 6 - 11:40 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Rangers "are looking into a reunion with Carlos Gomez."

They even met with his representatives Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, presumably to open contract negotiations. Gomez flourished down the stretch with Texas in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games. Other teams are probably scared off by how poorly he performed in Houston. His free agent market should really be healthier than it is right now.
Dec 6 - 11:23 PM


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