Texas Rangers Wiretap

Josh Hamilton May Need Knee Surgery

Feb 27, 2017 1:06 AM

Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton went to Houston on Sunday, facing the possibility of another knee surgery in his bid to return to the majors.

Hamilton will be examined Monday by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed reconstructive surgery on the former AL MVP's left knee last June.


Tags: Texas Rangers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Rangers, Rougned Odor Making Push On Extension

Feb 23, 2017 4:17 PM

The Texas Rangers and Rougned Odor have kicked off renewed efforts to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.

There is "at least a bit of hope" regarding an extension.

Odor, 23, hit .271/.296/.502 with 33 home runs and 135 strikeouts in 632 plate appearances last season.

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Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rangers Send Josh Hamilton For Knee Evaluation

Feb 23, 2017 6:53 AM

Josh Hamilton had his surgically reconstructed left knee examined on Wednesday after he experienced discomfort during the Texas Rangers' first full-squad spring training workout.

Hamilton felt stiffness while doing some running drills in the outfield grass during the workout. He is with the Rangers this spring under a Minor League contract.

"We want to see what Dr. Lowe has to say," Rangers assistant general manager Mike Daly said. "We want to make sure Josh is healthy. Our trainers connected with Dr. Lowe and he requested to look at Josh."

Associated Press

Tags: Texas Rangers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Indians To Take Slow Approach With Kluber

Feb 19, 2017 11:23 PM

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Sunday the team will take a slow approach this spring with Corey Kluber, a workhorse for the Indians last year. Kluber has started the opener the past two seasons, but Francona isn't ready to say whether the right-hander will get the nod on April 3 when the AL champions play at Texas.

"We've told Kluber because we are slowing him down a little bit, if he's not ready for Game 1, we can adjust," Francona said. "And we're more than willing to, because there's a lot at stake over the course of the year. We all know Opening Day is a big deal, but we want him to position himself where he's ready to log as many innings as we need."


Tags: Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

Twins Offered Mike Napoli More Than Rangers

Feb 10, 2017 7:28 AM

The Minnesota Twins wanted to add to both the roster and the clubhouse by signing Mike Napoli, but the slugger ultimately decided to play for the Texas Rangers.

According to sources, the Twins offered Napoli more money than the Rangers.

Napoli is believed to have signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with Texas.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Mike Napoli Reaches One-Year Deal With Rangers

Feb 8, 2017 7:10 AM

The Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Mike Napoli, according to a source.

The deal is pending a physical and the value hasn't yet been reported.

Napoli, 35, played in 150 games with the American League champion Cleveland Indians last season, setting career highs in homers (34), RBIs (101) and strikeouts (194).

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

Rangers Have 'Increased Pursuit' Of Trade For Jose Quintana

Feb 2, 2017 7:42 AM

The Texas Rangers have "suddenly increased their pursuit" of a trade with the Chicago White Sox for Jose Quintana, according to a report.

It remains unclear if the Rangers will ultimately be able to pull off a deal for the left-hander.

Quintana, 28, logged 208 innings as an All-Star last season with a 3.20 ERA, 181 strikeouts and 1.163 WHIP.

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Tags: Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rays Have Inquired With Rangers About Jurickson Profar

Jan 31, 2017 8:17 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have at least checked with the Texas Rangers about the availability of Jurickson Profar, according to two sources.

Profar, who turns 24 in February, is controllable for the next three seasons and affordable as well.

In the past, the Rangers wanted a starting pitcher from the Rays for Profar.

Evan Grant/Dallas News

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Hamels Looks To 'Kicking Up The Intensity' At Spring Training

Jan 28, 2017 7:11 PM

The offseason has been busy for Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi.

They operate the Hamels Foundation, which is focused on educational projects in Philadelphia, San Diego, Springfield (Mo.) and North Texas, as well as in the impoverished African country of Malawi, so it's easy to understand why their schedule is full.
"It's been good," Hamels said. "A lot of work, trying to get in where I can, doing a lot of good foundation work. Moving into North Texas, we are trying to get more involved here. We are still able to give back in Philadelphia and San Diego, my hometown, and Missouri, where my wife is from. We are enjoying it and mixing in some workouts. As the season gets closer, we are going to start wrapping it up and kicking up the intensity."


Tags: Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

Rangers Only Interested In One-Year Deal For Mike Napoli

Jan 24, 2017 7:31 AM

It once seemed as though the Texas Rangers were working towards a deal with Mike Napoli, but nothing has come together because the club is only interested in a one-year deal.

Napoli, 35, hit .239/.335/.465 with 34 home runs in 645 plate appearances with the Cleveland Indians in 2016.

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Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rangers Agree To Minor League Deal With James Loney
James Loney will compete with several players to replace Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder at first base.

Associated Press

Yu Darvish Focused On Pitching Well This Season
Yu Darvish is entering the final year of the deal he signed with the Rangers in 2012.


Josh Hamilton Signs Minors Deal With Rangers
Josh Hamilton was released in August, closing the books on a $125 million, five-year deal signed with the Angels after the 2012 season.

Associated Press

Rangers Making Push To Sign Tyson Ross
Texas had previously tried to trade for Tyson Ross while he was a member of the Padres.

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Rangers Plan To Keep Matt Bush In Bullpen
The Rangers plan to keep Matt Bush in the bullpen despite some discussion this offseason about moving him into the rotation.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Rangers Haven't Had Serious Extension Talks With Darvish, Lucroy
Texas has had "informal" talks with Jonathan Lucroy and Jon Daniels says the team will explore new deals with both players as Opening Day gets closer.

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Rangers, Mike Napoli Discussing Two-Year Deal
The Rangers are discussing a possible two-year deal with Mike Napoli and both sides are motivated to get a deal completed.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Rangers Re-Signing Josh Hamilton To Minors Deal A 'Formality'
Josh Hamilton has been cleared by the Rangers' medical staff and re-signing him to a minor league deal is a "formality" at this point.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion
While it appears as though the Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross
Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Rangers Have Discussed Asking Price For Edwin Encarnacion
It remains unclear if the Rangers have made a formal offer to Edwin Encarnacion.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Rangers Trying To Keep Three Players From 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.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

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

MLB Network Radio

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.

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