Texas Rangers Wiretap

Andrus Took This Offseason More Seriously

Mar 4, 2015 7:42 AM

Elvis Andrus is the longest-tenured member of the Texas Rangers and says he took this offseason more seriously than he has in the past.

Andrus has played in 914 games since making his debut at age 20 in 2009.

"It's kind of weird, but it is that way," Andrus said. "That's the way baseball is. You don't know who will be here next year. You don't know if you'll be here next year."

The infielder hit a career-low .263 in 2014, motivating him to report in better shape this spring.

"I really believe that," Andrus said. "This year I took it a thousand times (more) seriously than I did the year before. It's part of the growing part, knowing yourself, knowing your body a little bit more every year. I had a really good plan. Our bodies are our business. You have to take care of that year in and year out."

Associated Press

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Darvish Impresses Teammates With Performance, English

Mar 2, 2015 12:03 AM

Yu Darvish dazzled his teammates with a scoreless inning in a Rangers intrasquad game Sunday, then unveiled a much improved command of the English language.

Darvish, who has spoken almost exclusively through an interpreter for public consumption since signing with Texas out of his native Japan in 2012, achieved a first when he gave a six-minute interview in English with print reporters. 


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Rangers Extend Beltre Through 2016 Season

Feb 23, 2015 4:09 PM

The Texas Rangers have extended Adrian Beltre's contract through the 2016 season.

The extension is actually an amendment of the original contract Beltre signed on Jan. 5, 2011.

In that deal, the first five years and $80 million were guaranteed with an option in 2016 that could have paid Beltre $16 million if he hit specific incentives in plate appearances last year and/or in 2015.

Under the amendment announced Monday, Beltre is guaranteed $16 million this year and $18 million in 2016, according to a report.

Texas could have voided the final year if Beltre failed to reach the incentives.

Ron Matejko/ESPN

Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Adrian Beltre's Deal Hot Topic At Camp

Feb 22, 2015 8:02 PM

Adrian Beltre arrived a few days early for Rangers camp on Sunday and one of the topics discussed was his contract and its sixth-year option for the 2016 season.

Beltre signed a contract in January 2011 that guaranteed him $80 million over five years and could be worth $96 million over six.

The Rangers can void the final season if the slugger fails to have either 1,200 plate appearances in 2014 and 2015 combined, or 600 in 2015. 

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he didn't intend to let the issue go that far.


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Profar To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Feb 19, 2015 5:15 PM

Jurickson Profar will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing right shoulder surgery on Monday.

Profar had been throwing out to 105 feet with no major discomfort. He has been having MRIs every three weeks to monitor his situation, according to the Texas Rangers.

An MRI taken Tuesday in Arlington showed increased strain on the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder from the previous MRI.


T.R. Sullivan/MLB

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Jamey Wright Signs Minor-League Deal With Rangers

Feb 14, 2015 8:07 PM

Right-hander Jamey Wright has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Wright will make $1 million if he makes the major league roster.

In 61 games last season for the Dodgers, Wright was 5-4 with one save and a 4.35 ERA. 


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Moncada To Field Offers Over Next Two Weeks

Feb 11, 2015 8:46 AM

Yoan Moncada expects to field contract offers over the next two weeks and could sign soon after, according to the Cuban prospect's agent.

"I'm hoping, certainly, that by the end of next week, we'll have a much clearer picture of where he will sign," David Hastings said.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres have shown interest in Moncada.

Major League Baseball recently cleared Moncada to sign. He could land a bonus of more than $30 million.

"I'm kind of hoping we're at the final end of the process," Hastings said. "I hope I will be able to get Yoan into a team's spring-training practice as soon as possible."

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Prince Fielder 'Full Speed Ahead' After Neck Surgery

Feb 10, 2015 4:30 PM

Prince Fielder is "full speed ahead" after having neck surgery last summer, according to the Texas Rangers.

Jon Daniels said Fielder got "a green light" during an examination Monday with Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed the cervical fusion of two disks in Fielder's neck. He'll be fully ready for Spring Training.

Fielder was limited to 42 games in his debut season with the Rangers.

Associated Press

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Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly

Feb 4, 2015 4:40 PM

Yoan Moncada, cleared to sign with a Major League club earlier this week, is eager to begin his career in the United States.

"My goal is to sign with a team soon, start training with them, and make it to the Major Leagues as fast as I can with whichever team that might be," Moncada said in Spanish to MLB.com. "I know I'm going to do the best I can for as long as I can in this sport."

Moncada, 19, has worked out privately for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers, Rays, Tigers and Brewers.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

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Rangers Invite Ryan Ludwick To Spring Training

Feb 4, 2015 4:38 PM

The Texas Rangers have signed Ryan Ludwick to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.

Ludwick would earn $1.75 million on the one-year deal if he makes the Major League roster.

Associated Press

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Report: QB Wilson To Spend Time With Rangers This Spring
The Rangers have not yet commented on Russell Wilson's return to Spring Training.


Rangers, Red Sox Swap Pitchers
The Red Sox have traded Anthony Ranaudo to the Rangers for Robbie Ross.

Kyle Brasseur/ESPN

Astros, Rangers Discussing Corporan Trade
The Astros and Rangers are discussing a Carlos Corporan trade after he was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Rangers, Phillies Discussed Hamels Before Gallardo Deal
The Rangers held "in-depth trade talks" with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels before they acquired Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Rangers Acquire Gallardo From Brewers
The Rangers have traded three Minor Leaguers to the Brewers for Yovani Gallardo.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Rangers Close To Trading For Yovani Gallardo
Yovani Gallardo is 89-64 in parts of eight seasons with the Brewers.


Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires
Arthur Rhodes had a 20-year career, changing uniforms 9 times in eleven years.


Rangers Still In Pursuit Of Cole Hamels
Cole Hamels is guaranteed $96 million over the remainder of his contract, which ends with a club option for 2019 at $20 million.

Gerry Fraley/Dallas Morning News

Cardinals, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox Linked To Hamels
Cole Hamels, who has been available since last summer, can still be acquired from the Phillies for a steep price.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Rangers Wanted Gattis, But Price Was Too High
The Braves dealt Evan Gattis to the Astros on Wednesday.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Shields 'Not In The Cards' For Rangers
The Rangers are still looking to improve their rotation through trade or free agency, but James Shields is no longer a target.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Rangers To Re-Sign Adam Rosales
The Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal with Adam Rosales.

Associated Press

Rangers Liked Similarities Between Banister, Hurdle
Michael Young, hired as special assistant to Jon Daniels with the Rangers, was a part of the interview process as the team looked for a new manager.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Report: Padres, Phillies Discussing Trade For Hamels
The Boston Globe reported last week the Padres, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Rangers were interested in Cole Hamels.


Sources: Angels Have Discussed Hamilton With Rangers, Padres
Josh Hamilton is owed $83 million over the next three seasons.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Rangers To Sign Kyuji Fujikawa
The contract includes a club option for a second season and is worth $1 million plus positive incentives.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rangers Have $10-12M In Payroll Flexibility
The Rangers could hold onto the flexibility until midseason when they'll have a better idea of what kind of roster they have.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Rios An Option For Mariners In Right Field
Alex Rios hit .280/.311/.398 in 521 plate appearances with the Rangers this past season.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Rangers To Acquire Detwiler From Nationals
The Nationals will trade Ross Detwiler to the Rangers in exchange for right-hander Abel De Los Santos and infielder Chris Bostick.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Mets Discussing Gee With Multiple Teams
The Rangers, Rockies, Twins and Giants have been linked to Dillon Gee.

Andy Martino/New York Daily News