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Josh Hamilton Signs Minors Deal With Rangers

Jan 17, 2017 5:15 PM

The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hamilton was released in August, closing the books on a $125 million, five-year deal signed with the Los Angeles Angels after the 2012 season.

Associated Press

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Rangers Making Push To Sign Tyson Ross

Jan 5, 2017 7:18 AM

The Texas Rangers are making a push to try and sign Tyson Ross, according to sources.

Texas had previously tried to trade for Ross while he was a member of the San Diego Padres.

Ross made just one start for the Padres last season and is coming off a shoulder injury. The right-hander was in Arlington on Wednesday meeting with the Rangers.

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Rangers Plan To Keep Matt Bush In Bullpen

Jan 3, 2017 7:09 AM

The Texas Rangers plan to keep Matt Bush in the bullpen despite some discussion this offseason about moving him into the rotation.

Bush's preference appears to be the bullpen.

"I thought about [starting] a little bit, just the idea of it," Bush said. "Looking back on my season, I'm very grateful and very thankful to be able to stay healthy and strong and continue to progress into the role I was in. I'm looking forward to being able to do the same [in 2017].

"I've never started professionally. I feel great with where I'm at as a reliever right now. I feel like it's the best place for me right now. I still have some building to do with my arm. My career is very young. I just want to continue to do what I did last year."

Bush, after a four-year absence from baseball, appeared in 58 games in 2016 and went 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

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Rangers Haven't Had Serious Extension Talks With Darvish, Lucroy

Dec 30, 2016 8:33 AM

The Texas Rangers have yet to engage in serious talks with Yu Darvish or Jonathan Lucroy on possible contract extensions, according to Jon Daniels.

Texas has had "informal" talks with Lucroy and Daniels says the team will explore new deals with both players as Opening Day gets closer.

"We will sit down and talk to them but haven't yet and that's by design with so much going on," Daniels said.

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Rangers, Mike Napoli Discussing Two-Year Deal

Dec 29, 2016 7:10 AM

The Texas Rangers are discussing a possible two-year deal with Mike Napoli and both sides are motivated to get a deal completed.

However, nothing is imminent and Napoli is receiving interest from other clubs as well.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

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Rangers Re-Signing Josh Hamilton To Minors Deal A 'Formality'

Dec 29, 2016 7:08 AM

Josh Hamilton has been cleared by the Texas Rangers' medical staff and re-signing him to a minor league deal is a "formality" at this point.

Hamilton will still have to earn his way onto the major league roster in spring training.

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Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion

Dec 22, 2016 7:52 AM

While it appears as though the Toronto Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

The Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins have all been linked to Encarnacion to some degree.

All of the offers Encarnacion has received are believed to be for multiple years, while some include opt-outs after the 2017 season.

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Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross

Dec 21, 2016 7:34 AM

Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Roughly 20 clubs are interested in Ross, according to Jon Heyman, who lists the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians as suitors.

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Rangers Have Discussed Asking Price For Edwin Encarnacion

Dec 16, 2016 9:49 AM

The Texas Rangers have discussed Edwin Encarnacion's asking price with his agent, according to sources.

It remains unclear if the Rangers have made a formal offer to Encarnacion.

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Rangers Trying To Keep Three Players From World Baseball Classic

Dec 15, 2016 7:13 AM

The Texas Rangers are attempting to keep three players from participating in March's World Baseball Classic.

The Rangers plan to submit forms by Friday that would allow them to object allowing Yu Darvish, Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo from participating in the event.

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Rangers Haven't Ruled Out Signing Edwin Encarnacion
Jon Daniels says the Rangers haven't ruled out signing Edwin Encarnacion.

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Josh Hamilton To Work Out For Rangers Before Christmas
If he looks good, the Rangers will consider signing Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Rockies, Ian Desmond Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Deal
There is a sixth year option on the contract worth an additional $13 million.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Rangers, Carlos Gomez Agree To One-Year, $11.5M Deal
Carlos Gomez signed a minor league contract with the Rangers this past August after he was released by the Astros.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Rangers Showing Interest In Mark Trumbo
The Rangers have shown interest in signing Mark Trumbo, but the extend of their interest isn't known.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Rangers Interested In Trading For Billy Hamilton
The Reds are willing to listen to offers for Billy Hamilton and the Rangers are among the teams interested in a deal.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Astros, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees In 'Full Pursuit' Of Rich Hill
Rich Hill is drawing a lot of interest as a free agent as the Astros, Dodgers, Rangers and Yankees are in "full pursuit" of the left-hander.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Indians, Rangers, Red Sox Looking At Reunion With Mike Napoli
Several clubs have interest in Mike Napoli this offseason and all have employed him in the past.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Pirates 'Almost Certain' To Trade Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen is signed for $14 million in 2017 with a $14.5 million club option for 2018.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Market For Carlos Beltran Down To Four Teams
Carlos Beltran is expected to land a one-year deal in the $15 million to $18 million range.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Rangers, Andrew Cashner Agree Upon $10M Deal
The Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with Andrew Cashner, according to a report.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Padres, Pirates, Yankees Reach Out To Derek Holland
Derek Holland's agent, Michael Martini, says the pitcher is intrigued by the Pirates and is also interested in a return to the Rangers.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Carlos Beltrain Drawing Interest From Astros, Jays, Red Sox, Yankees
The Rangers were believed to be in the mix as well, but aren't currently.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Jonathan Lucroy To Catch For Team USA At WBC
Jonathan Lucroy hit .292/.355/.500 with 24 home runs and 81 RBIs overall in 2016, his seventh Major League season.

Manny Randhawa/MLB

Voters Approve Public Funding For New Rangers Ballpark
Voters in Arlington have approved by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin the extension of a half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel-occupancy tax and 5 percent car-rental tax to fund a new home for the Ran

Associated Press

Orioles Interested In Signing Ian Desmond
The Orioles are interested in free agent Ian Desmond, according to a source.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Red Sox Interested In Carlos Beltran
The Red Sox have some level of interest in Carlos Beltran this offseason.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Rangers Likely To Have Joey Gallo Start 2017 In Minors
The Rangers don't have clear plans at first base, but it appears as though they'd prefer Joey Gallo to begin the season in the Minor Leagues.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Twins To Hire Thad Levine As General Manager
Thad Levine has been with the Rangers since 2005.

La Velle E. Neal III/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jonathan Lucroy Doesn't Regret Vetoing Trade To Indians
The Brewers were on the verge of dealing Lucroy to the Indians on Aug. 1, but he blocked the deal using his no-trade clause.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN