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Twins To Hire Thad Levine As General Manager

Oct 26, 2016 7:32 AM

The Minnesota Twins are likely to hire Thad Levine as their new general manager.

Levine, currently the assistant GM with the Texas Rangers, would be second-in-command to newly-hired vice president/chief baseball officer Derek Falvey.

The 45-year-old has been with the Rangers since 2005.

La Velle E. Neal III/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Jonathan Lucroy Doesn't Regret Vetoing Trade To Indians

Oct 25, 2016 7:17 AM

Jonathan Lucroy says he has no regrets a few months after nixing a trade to the Cleveland Indians, who will host the World Series this week.

The Milwaukee Brewers were on the verge of dealing Lucroy to the Indians on Aug. 1, but he blocked the deal using his no-trade clause. He was then dealt to the Texas Rangers.

"I'm good, man,'' Lucroy told Jerry Crasnick. "There's too much drama with all that. I'm not worried about it at all. It's over with and in the past.''

Lucroy has a $5.25 million club option for 2017.

He said the decision to reject the trade to Cleveland was "an economic decision. Period."

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Had Interest In Trading For Carlos Beltran At Deadline

Oct 24, 2016 7:05 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays had interest in acquiring Carlos Beltran from the New York Yankees prior to the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

"We saw Beltran over the years with the Yankees, and what a great hitter he was," John Gibbons said. "A clutch-type performer."

New York traded Beltran to the Texas Rangers.

Both in the American League East, the Yankees and Blue Jays haven't completed a trade since 2002.

Gerry Fraley/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees Early Possibilities For Edwin Encarnacion

Oct 19, 2016 4:37 PM

Edwin Encarnacion is headed for free agency and figures to be coveted after another productive season.

The Boston Red Sox seem like the most likely landing spot for Encarnacion with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers as possibilities as well.

Encarnacion hit .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and and league-leading 127 RBI in 702 plate appearances.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip

Oct 13, 2016 5:33 AM

After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Heading into play on Tuesday, 108 runs had been scored in the postseason and half of them were as a result of home runs, the highest percentage since the wild card was introduced.

Jeff Sullivan/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Carlos Beltran Plans To Return For 20th Season

Oct 12, 2016 8:27 AM

Carlos Beltran plans to return in 2017, which would be his 20th Major League campaign and his age-40 season.

He will be a free agent, but said Tuesday that he would like to re-sign with the Texas Rangers, who acquired him from the New York Yankees at the trade deadline.

Beltran hit .280/.325/.451 in 206 plate appearances with the Rangers after a much-hotter 387 PAs (.304/.344/.546) with the Yankees to begin the season.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Sweep Rangers, Advance To ALCS

Oct 9, 2016 11:43 PM

There were no questions from the Toronto crowd, but there was plenty of back-and-forth between the Blue Jays and Rangers Sunday night. While many were busy watching the presidential debate in the United States, up here in Canada, Texas took an early lead in the first inning, the Blue Jays quickly went ahead and then padded their lead with home runs. Then the Ranger crawled back and re-took the lead in the sixth only to have Toronto tie it back up right away.

In the end, the Blue Jays won on what could have been an inning-ending double play in the tenth inning when Rougned Odor made a wide throw to first. That allowed Josh Donaldson to score to give Toronto a 7-6 win to sweep the series and give their fans another thing to celebrate on Canadian Thanksgiving Monday.


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Blue Jays Ride Five-Run Third Inning To Game 1 Win Over Rangers

Oct 7, 2016 7:43 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 10-1 in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday afternoon thanks to a huge third inning.

The Blue Jays scored five runs in the third. Josh Donaldson kicked things off with an RBI double and Jose Bautista followed with an RBI single before Troy Tulowitzki tripled in three runs off Cole Hamels.

Marco Estrada allowed just four hits over 8.1 innings, tossing 98 pitches for Toronto.

With the game long decided, Bautista added a three-run home run in the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

The Blue Jays and Rangers will face off in Game 2 on Friday at 1:00 PM EST with J.A. Happ and Yu Darvish on the mound.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Game Recap

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Rangers To Sign Cuban Third Baseman Yanio Perez

Sep 23, 2016 7:18 AM

The Texas Rangers have agreed to sign Cuban third baseman Yanio Perez.

Perez will receive a $1.1 million signing bonus.

The 21-year-old was cleared to sign on May 20 and receives plus grades for his raw power.

Jorge Ebro/El Nuevo Herald

Tags: Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Shin-Soo Choo Could Return For ALDS

Sep 20, 2016 7:52 AM

The Texas Rangers are becoming hopeful that Shin-Soo Choo could return for the postseason, perhaps even at the beginning.

Choo underwent surgery on Aug. 17 for a fractured left forearm and was expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, but has made significant progress.

The Rangers won't begin postseason play until Oct. 6, the scheduled date for Game 1 of the American League Division Series, which now seems like at least a possibility for Choo's return.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Tags: Texas Rangers, Injury

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Drew Stubbs Rejects Outright Assignment From Rangers
Drew Stubbs, 31, has been placed on irrevocable waivers and will be a free agent if he clears.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Marlins Acquire Jeff Francoeur In Three-Team Deal
The Braves have traded Jeff Francoeur to the Marlins in a three-team deal with the Rangers.


Rangers Waive Josh Hamilton, Leave Door Open For 2017
The Rangers have placed Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers, while leaving the door open for a potential return in 2017 on a Minor League deal.


Rangers Plan To Start Gomez In Left-Field
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Sunday that Carlos Gomez will be in the outfield once he is brought up from the minor leagues.


Carlos Gomez Signs Minor League Deal With Rangers
The Astros had designated Carlos Gomez for assignment on August 10.


Shin-Soo Choo Suffers Fractured Forearm
Choo was hitting .247/.369/.416 with seven home runs and six stolen bases.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Prince Fielder: Doctors Told Me I Can't Play Anymore
Prince Fielder is still recovering from his second spinal fusion surgery in the past three years.

Jean-Jacques Taylor/ESPN

Prince Fielder's Career Likely Over After Second Neck Surgery
Prince Fielder will likely be forced to retire as he is medically disabled and doctors will not clear him to play, according to a report.


Rangers Tried To Acquire Chris Sale, Jose Quintana Before Deadline
The Rangers acquired Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, but they talked about making even bigger deals.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

Richard Justice/MLB

Rangers To Acquire Jonathan Lucroy From Brewers
A reliever and prospects Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz will head to Milwaukee.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yankees Trade Carlos Beltran To Rangers
The Yankees will trade Carlos Beltran to the Rangers in exchange for right-hander Dillon Tate.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Prince Fielder Headed For Another Season-Ending Neck Surgery
Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years.

Associated Press

Rangers Targeting Phillies' Vince Velasquez
The 24-year-old is 8-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 17 starts this season, striking out 103 batters in 91 2/3 innings.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Rangers Interested In Trading For Edinson Volquez
The Rangers are interested in trading for Edinson Volquez, who is in the final season of a two-year with the Royals.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Six Teams Showing Interest In Trading For Jay Bruce
The Indians, Rangers, Nationals, Orioles, Giants and Dodgers have all shown interest in trading for Jay Bruce, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Padres Pushing Hard To Trade Andrew Cashner
The Padres are widely expected to trade Andrew Cashner before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Rangers Getting 'Tons Of Calls' On Jurickson Profar
The Rays are among the interested teams.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Rangers Among Those Seeking Pitching Help
The Rangers have been linked to Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly, as well as Andrew Cashner and Julio Teheran.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Five Teams Send Scouts To Watch Matt Moore
Matt Moore, 27, has a 4.33 ERA, 4.60 FIP and 98 strikeouts in 116.1 innings pitched this season.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Times