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D-Backs Name Dave Magadan Hitting Coach

Nov 28, 2015 3:19 PM

The D-Backs have hired Dave Magadan as their hitting coach, according to a Yahoo.com report

The 53-year-old Magadan spent the last three seasons as hitting coach of the Rangers. Before that, he was hitting coach for the Padres and Red Sox.

In Magadan's first year in Boston, 2007, the Red Sox won the World Series.


Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Rangers Not Expected To Go After Cespedes

Nov 23, 2015 8:54 AM

The Texas Rangers inquired about Yoenis Cespedes more than once when he was a member of the Oakland Athletics, but they are unlikely to chase him in free agency.

Texas already has nearly $120 million committed for 2016, not including arbitration-eligible players.

That means re-signing Mike Napoli would be a more realistic option for the Rangers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jeff Banister Named AL Manager Of The Year

Nov 18, 2015 7:31 AM

Jeff Banister was named American League Manager Of The Year on Tuesday in his first year with the Texas Rangers.

Banister led the Rangers to an unexpected division title despite losing Yu Darvish, who ultimately underwent Tommy John surgery, during spring training.

Banister earned 17 first-place votes and 112 total points to beat A.J. Hinch (82 points) of the Houston Astros and Paul Molitor (33) of the Minnesota Twins. All three were in their first years with their current teams.


Tags: Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Rangers Send Leonys Martin To Mariners In Five-Player Trade

Nov 17, 2015 7:21 AM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Leonys Martin in a five-player trade with the Texas Rangers.

Jerry Dipoto, Seattle's new general manager, was looking for an athletic center fielder this offseason.

"I think we get one of the premier defensive center fielders in baseball. He's been among the best in the league over these last three years," Dipoto said. "He's coming off of a down year, and frankly that's when you acquire guys. There was a soft spot in the ability to go acquire Leonys, and we took advantage of that."

The Rangers received right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones and a player to be named, while Seattle also obtained right-handed reliever Anthony Bass.

Martin signed a five-year, $15.5 million contract with the Rangers in May 2011 that included a $5 million signing bonus.

Associated Press

Tags: Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mike Maddux Won't Return To Rangers

Oct 30, 2015 7:33 AM

The Texas Rangers won't bring back pitching coach Mike Maddux next season.

Maddux, who spent seven seasons with the Rangers, had been among six coaches invited to return and was previously offered a new contract that he had not signed.

Jon Daniels said he and manager Jeff Banister met with Maddux "to inform him we had decided to go in another direction." The pitching coach's brother, Greg Maddux, is also leaving after serving four years as special assistant to Daniels.

Associated Press

Tags: Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Rogers Centre Peppered With Beer Cans After Controversial Call

Oct 15, 2015 7:15 AM

Things got ugly at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night after a controversial, but correct, call in the deciding Game 5 between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rangers took a 3-2 lead when Russell Martin's throw back to the mound accidentally hit Shin-Soo Choo. With the throw deflected, Rougned Odor scored from third base.

Immediately after the throw hit Choo, home plate umpire Dale Scott threw his hands in the air. After Jeff Banister argued, Scott conferred with his entire umpiring crew and they ruled that the ball was live and Odor's run counts.

In the aftermath, many fans at Rogers Centre began to throw beer cans and other trash onto the field.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Rangers' Dyson Upset Over Bautista's Bat Flip

Oct 15, 2015 7:06 AM

Texas Rangers reliever Sam Dyson wasn't happy with the dramatic bat flip Jose Bautista employed after hitting a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning on Wednesday night.

Dyson made comments to Edwin Encarnacion in the at-bat following Bautista's long ball, a confrontation that cleared the benches.

"I told him Jose needs to calm that down," Dyson said. "Just kind of respect the game a little more."

The Rangers had taken the lead on a controversial play in the top of the inning. A throw back to the mound by Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin caromed off the bat of the Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo and allowed a run in.

Bautista's dagger then followed in the bottom half of the seventh.

"He's a huge role model for the younger generation that's coming up and playing this game," Dyson said of Bautista. "He's doing stuff that kids do in wiffle ball games and backyard baseball.

"It shouldn't be done."


Tags: Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Teams Set Record With 21 Home Runs On Monday

Oct 13, 2015 6:56 AM

There were 21 home runs hit on Monday, a record for one day of postseason play.

Howie Kendrick's three-run home run in Game 3 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets was the final long ball.

The Chicago Cubs hit a playoff-record six home runs in their victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 61 total runs scored Monday also set a postseason record.

The previous postseason record for home runs was 15, set Oct. 3, 1995, according to STATS. Like Monday, there were four postseason games on that day 20 years ago.

The previous record for runs was 48, set Oct. 5, 2002.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Leonys Martin Fails To Report To Instructional League

Oct 12, 2015 9:02 AM

Leonys Martin has failed to report to the Arizona Instructional League as planned.

The Texas Rangers included Martin in a group of players sent to Surprise, Ariz., on Wednesday to continue workouts during the postseason and be ready if needed.

Jon Daniels said Martin apparently was upset at being left off the roster for the ALDS against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Martin earned $3.75 million this season in the final year of his original contract. He is eligible for salary arbitration but is a candidate to become a non-tendered free agent.

Gerry Fraley/Dallas Morning News

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Bautista Critical Of MLB's Replay System

Oct 10, 2015 1:29 AM

Blue Jays star outfielder Jose Bautista took aim at Major League Baseball's replay system Friday after a critical call that went against the Blue Jays in the 14th inning was upheld by the replay center in New York, giving the Rangers a chance to score the go-ahead run in their 6-4 win over the Blue Jays in Game 2 of the AL Division Series.

"I would like to hear an answer from the replay booth in New York on why they made that decision,'' said Bautista, who thought his throw behind Rangers baserunner Rougned Odor had caught him off second base. "I know that's not part of the protocol, and it seems to be convenient that it's not.

"Will we ever get an answer? Will our fans ever get an answer? I don't know. Maybe you should ask the people that are in charge.''


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

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Nationals, Rangers Discussed Stephen Strasburg
The talks never got close to an agreement, according to Major League sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Josh Hamilton May Not Be Ready To Return
Josh Hamilton is still feeling pain in his left knee that prevents him from running.


Rangers Claim Chris Rearick Off Waivers From Padres
The Rangers have claimed LHP Chris Rearick off waivers from the Padres and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock.


Yu Darvish Throwing Again With Positive Results
Rangers ace Yu Darvish is a week into his throwing program.


Beltre Celebrates Dominican Record By Getting Ejected
Adrian Beltre has played in 2,528 major league games, becoming the all-time leader among Dominicans.


Rangers Acquire Will Venable From Padres
The Rangers have acquired Will Venable from the Padres in exchange for Minor League catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene and a player to be named later.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Phillies Won't Have To Pay All Of Matt Harrison's Salary
The Phillies inherited Matt Harrison's contract and the insurance policy attached to his deal in last month's trade with the Rangers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Rangers Send Tyler Pastornicky To Phillies
The Rangers have traded Tyler Pastornicky to the Phillies in exchange for cash considerations.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Rangers To Use Mike Napoli In Platoon At First Base
Mike Napoli is a better option than Mitch Moreland against left-handed pitchers.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Red Sox Trade Mike Napoli To Rangers
The Red Sox have traded Mike Napoli to the Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Blue Jays Inquired About Cole Hamels Several Times
As they searched for pitching ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Blue Jays inquired with the Phillies about Cole Hamels.

Jonah Keri/Grantland

Beltre Becomes First Player Since 1930s With Third Cycle
Only three other players have recorded three career cycles in Major League history.

Associated Press

Rangers Informed Matt Harrison Of Trade Mid-Game
Word was spreading that Matt Harrison would be part of the package given to the Phillies for Cole Hamels and the Rangers wanted to inform the left-hander before his family would find out on the intern

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Rangers Leaning Towards Keeping Gallardo
The Dodgers, Cubs and Blue Jays have been linked to Yovani Gallardo.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Blue Jays, Rangers Aren't Progressing On Gallardo Trade
Yovani Gallardo is reportedly more of a "fallback" option for Toronto.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB.com

Source: Hamels Wouldn't Accept Trade To Astros
Houston is looking to further bolster their rotation after acquiring Scott Kazmir last week.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Eight Players, $9.5M In Cash Involved In Hamels Trade
The trade that will send Cole Hamels to the Rangers involves eight players and a significant amount of cash with six players headed to the Phillies.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Rangers Nearing Deal For Cole Hamels
The Rangers are nearing a trade with the Phillies for Cole Hamels, according to multiple reports.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Rangers Not Looking For Rentals, Talking Pitchers With Padres
The Rangers aren't looking to acquire rental players this week as they eye additions that could help beyond 2015.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB.com

Dodgers 'Prioritizing' Cole Hamels
The Dodgers want to exhaust all possibilities in talks with the Phillies before they move onto a secondary target like Yovani Gallardo.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

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