Player News - Rangers

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Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed Tuesday that Joey Gallo is locked in as the club's everyday first baseman for 2018.

Gallo started 66 games at third base in 2017 and also spent some time in left field, but the Rangers don't want the 24-year-old slugger to bounce around as much defensively this season. "Right now, and the immediate prospect of what the team is, it's first base," said Banister. "Joey has an athletic body. I think he's athletic enough to go back [to third], but right now we are focused on first base." Obviously some of this hinges on veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre having better luck on the health front. Gallo carries massive fantasy upside into the 2018 campaign after tallying 41 home runs and 80 RBI in 145 games last year.
Feb 20 - 4:17 PM

Elvis Andrus had his morning workout cut short on Tuesday due to back spasms.

No reason to take any chances this early in camp. Andrus should be fine in the next day or two. The 29-year-old shortstop is coming off a career-best year where he batted .297/.337/.471 with 20 homers, 88 RBI, 25 steals, and 100 runs scored over 158 games.
Feb 20 - 2:26 PM

Adrian Beltre indicated Monday that he's open-minded to spending more time at designated hitter in 2018.

Shin Soo Choo is projected to be the Rangers' primary designated hitter this season, but the goal is to give Beltre more time there in order to stay fresh. "I had a talk with JD, and he let me know he would like me to DH more," said Beltre. "It depends how it goes. If I feel great, I don’t need to DH, but if I need a day or two to give my legs a breather, I will DH. I want to go in the lineup as much as I can." Beltre -- who turns 39 in April -- saw 28 starts out of the DH spot last season, most of them while protecting a hamstring injury down the stretch.
Feb 20 - 10:37 AM

Trevor Plouffe said Sunday that it's unlikely he'd accept a minor league assignment if he doesn't make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

Plouffe is in camp as a non-roster invitee and it sounds like he'll use the opt-out clause in his contract if he doesn't make the team. He batted just .198/.272/.318 across 100 games for the A's and Rays last season.
Feb 18 - 11:34 AM

Rangers signed RHP Edinson Volquez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's a two-year deal, as Volquez is expected to miss the entire 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery last August. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo says Volquez will earn at least $2 million if in the majors in 2019 and the contract can max out at $6.5 million. The Marlins remain on the hook for the $13 million he's owed in 2018. Volquez, who turns 35 in July, posted a 4.19 ERA over 17 starts for the Marlins last season before going under the knife. His highlight in 2017 was throwing the only no-hitter in baseball.
Feb 16 - 2:34 PM

Matt Bush told reporters Wednesday in Rangers camp that he is fully committed to becoming a starting pitcher.

"There is no doubt in my mind," said Bush. "That is what I'm preparing for and I'm not looking back." The 32-year-old former No. 1 overall pick has posted a strong 3.08 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 119/33 K/BB ratio in 114 innings of relief over the last two seasons. He could have sneaky fantasy value in a starting role with Texas.
Feb 14 - 11:38 AM

Rangers signed INF Trevor Plouffe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that the deal was close and MLB.com's Mark Feinsand says it's done. Plouffe, 31, batted only .198/.272/.318 across 100 games for the A's and Rays last season, so it's not a surprise that he's going to have to settle for a minor league pact. He'll try to win a bench job.
Feb 12 - 7:18 PM

Martin Perez (elbow) has begun throwing off a mound.

He's not throwing full bullpen sessions yet, but the fact that Perez is throwing off a mound at all means he's a bit ahead of schedule following December surgery to repair a fractured right (non-throwing) elbow. The Rangers said after the operation that they expected Perez to miss the first month of the season, but the southpaw has indicated that he plans to be ready for Opening Day. It's early, but he would appear to have a shot to reach his goal.
Feb 9 - 2:21 PM

Rangers signed INF Darwin Barney to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The versatile 32-year-old spent the previous two-and-a-half year with the Blue Jays, this past season sporting an ugly .232/.275/.327 batting line. Barney can't hit a lick, but he's a capable defender at shortstop, second and third base and that should give him a shot to capture a bench spot in Texas.
Feb 5 - 4:37 PM

Rangers signed RHP Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com had reported on Saturday that the two sides were closing in on an agreement. The 44-year-old right-hander isn't ready to ride off into the sunset yet and could conceivably crack the Rangers' Opening Day rotation with a strong showing in the spring.
Feb 4 - 5:46 PM

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are in discussions on a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon.

Sanchez notes that there is momentum here and a deal is expected to get done. The 44-year-old hurler posted a troublesome 6.48 ERA over 143 innings with the Braves and Twins in 2017. Putting him in Globe Life Park in Arlington just seems cruel at this stage. Colon leads all active MLB pitchers with 240 career wins across his 20 seasons in the big leagues.
Feb 3 - 11:52 AM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Rangers have discussed a potential new contract for SS Elvis Andrus with his agent Scott Boras.

Andrus's eight-year, $120 million contract runs through the 2022 season but he has the option to opt out of the deal following each of the next two seasons. The deal was signed prior to the 2015 season and at the time it seemed only a remote possibility that the heretofore light-hitting shortstop would ever choose to opt out of such a lucrative contract. But after Andrus' breakout 2017 campaign it now seems there is a high probability of an impending opt-out. He recorded a .297 batting average with 20 home runs, 88 RBI, 100 runs and 25 stolen bases last year. It makes sense for the team to find out what it would cost them to get Andrus to give up the opt-out clause.
Feb 2 - 10:45 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday that it is still unlikely the Mets will reunite with Bartolo Colon, even on a minor league deal.

Colon is a popular guy in Queens and the Mets were said to be in discussions with the 44-year-old right-hander earlier this offseason, but that door has apparently closed. Colon registered an unsightly 6.48 ERA in 143 innings (28 starts) last season between the Braves and Twins. He turns 45 years old in May.
Feb 1 - 11:53 AM

Rangers signed LHP Jon Niese to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

2017 was a year to forget for Niese, who struggled to make his way back from knee surgery and found himself released by the Yankees in June. The 31-year-old didn't end up pitching in a game -- in the majors or minors -- all season. He'll try to get his career back on track after reuniting with former Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, who is the new assistant pitching coach with the Rangers.
Jan 30 - 3:54 PM

Shawn Tolleson (elbow) said Saturday that his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going great and he hopes to begin throwing in a game after the All-Star break.

Tolleson underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2017. Barring any setbacks, he appears to be on track for a return to the Rangers' bullpen in the second half of the 2018 season.
Jan 27 - 12:37 PM


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