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Texas Rangers MLB News - Rangers Baseball Blog » 2010 » July

The Texas Rangers place Joaquin Arias on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 31 July 2010 at 9:52 pm

The Rangers have placed 25-year old righty swinging infielder Joaquin Arias on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain. Arias has played in 46 games for the Rangers this year and he is 25 of 91 (.275 avg, .620 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Arias’ injury will hurt the Rangers bench until either he or Ian Kinsler returns to action.

The Texas Rangers deal Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 31 July 2010 at 9:43 pm

The Rangers have traded 25-year old switch hitting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox for 20-year old righty starting pitcher Roman Mendez, 22-year old lefty swinging 1B Chris McGuiness, a player to be named later and cash. Saltalamacchia played in 2 games for the Rangers this season and he was 1 for 5 (.200 avg, .400 OPS) with 1 RBI. He played in 193 games in four years for the Rangers and he was 159 of 653 (.243 avg, .692 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 18 homers, 82 RBIs and a simply amazing 219 whiffs! Roman Mendez came into this season as the Red Sox’ #23 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. Mendez started 14 games in A-ball for the Red Sox this year and he is 2-5 with a 6.56 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. He has now pitched in 37 games (35 starts) in his three years in the minors and he is 7-9 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Mendez has whiffed 146 batters in 148 2/3 innings in his minor league career showing he has decent stuff. Chris McGuiness played in 78 games in A-ball this season and he was 84 of 282 (.298 avg, .920 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 12 homers and 46 RBIs. He has now played in 138 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 137 of 498 (.275 avg, .860 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 18 homers and 85 RBIs. I really like this deal for the Rangers who got a nice haul for essentially giving up on Salty.

The Texas Rangers acquire infielder Christian Guzman

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 30 July 2010 at 3:47 pm

The Rangers have acquired 32-year old switch hitting 2B/SS Christian Guzman for 25-year old righty reliever/starter Ryan Tatusko. Guzman played in 89 games earlier this season and he was 90 of 319 (.282 avg, .687 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 2 homers, 25 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,391 games in his major league career and he is 1,452 of 5,336 (.272 avg, .693 OPS) with 723 runs scored, 62 homers, 466 RBIs and 125 stolen bases. Tatusko has pitched in 24 games (13 starts) in AA-ball this year and he is 9-2 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has now pitched in 101 games (58 starts) in four years in the minors for the Rangers and he is 22-26 with 1 save, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. This was a great trade for the Rangers especially when you consider Ian Kinsler is going to be out of action for 3-4 weeks.

UPDATE: (7/30/2010) - The Rangers have also sent 23-year old righty starter/reliever Tanner Roark to complete this deal. Roark has pitched in 22 games (17 starts) in AA-ball this season and he is 10-5 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has now pitched in 78 games (35 starts) in his three years in the minors and he is 24-12 with 1 save, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers send Chris Davis back to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 30 July 2010 at 12:17 pm

The Rangers have demoted 24-year old lefty swinging 1B Chris Davis back to AAA. Davis played in 31 games for the Rangers this season and he was 19 of 101 (.188 avg, .533 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Davis has now played in 224 games in parts of three years with the Rangers and he is 196 of 787 (.249 avg, .759 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 38 homers and 117 RBIs. The Rangers love Davis’ power potential but it also comes with a ton of whiffs (270). The Rangers don’t mind the whiffing as long as Davis shows the big time power he has shown in the past. Davis will make it back to Texas at some point but it might not be in 2010.

The Texas Rangers acquire Jorge Cantu from the Marlins

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 30 July 2010 at 12:11 pm

The Rangers have acquired 28-year old righty swinging 1B/3B Jorge Cantu from the Marlins for 24-year old righty reliever Evan Reed and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Omar Poveda. Cantu played in 97 games for the Marlins this season and he was 98 of 374 (.262 avg, .719 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 10 homers and 54 RBIs. He has now played in 760 games in his 7 years in the majors and he is 796 of 2,886 (.276 avg, .772 OPS) with 350 runs scored, 100 homers, 458 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Omar Poveda was the Rangers’ #22 ranked prospect heading into this season but he hasn’t pitched in 2010 as he is recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Poveda pitched in 108 games (103 starts) in his five years in the minors for the Rangers and he is 33-36 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Evan Reed has been pitching well in the minors this year for the Rangers. He has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) this year in AA+AAA-ball and he is 2-1 with 5 saves, a 1.76 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. In his four years in the minors with the Rangers, Reed has pitched in 112 games (34 starts) in which he is 14-14 with 31 saves, a 4.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. The Rangers think they got Cantu at a bargain basement price as they like a lot of pitchers in the organization way more than Reed and Poveda. Cantu will likely start at 1B for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers place Ian Kinsler on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 29 July 2010 at 4:35 pm

The Rangers have placed starting 2B Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. Kinsler has played in 76 games for the Rangers this season and he is 87 of 292 (.298 avg, .805 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 6 homers, 38 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. The Rangers have called up their #8 ranked prospect, 24-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Mitch Moreland to replace Kinsler on the active roster. Moreland has played in 95 games in AAA-ball this year and he is 102 of 353 (.289 avg, .855 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 12 homers and 65 RBIs. He has now played in 361 games in four years in the minors and he is 437 of 1,398 (.313 avg, .892 OPS) with 211 runs scored, 48 homers and 264 RBIs. Moreland could push Chris Davis for P.T. at 1B.

The Texas Rangers release Geoff Geary

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 28 July 2010 at 11:17 am

The Rangers have released 33-year old righty reliever Geoff Geary. Geary pitched in 23 games (6 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 4-5 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP. He gave up a stunning 83 hits in only 58 2/3 innings this season in the minors! The Rangers have so many good, young arms that it seemed like a waste of time keeping Geary around. This will allow him to try to find another job this year giving him a better chance to make it back to the majors.

The Texas Rangers place Matt Treanor on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 24 July 2010 at 4:05 pm

The Rangers have placed backup catcher Matt Treanor on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right posterior cruciate ligament. Treanor has played in 64 games for the Rangers this year and he is 41 of 182 (.225 avg, .656 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 5 homers and 23 RBIs. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but the Rangers will probably miss Treanor while he is out of action. That is because they have recalled 26-year old righty swinging Taylor Teagarden to backup Bengie Molina. Teagarden played in 10 games earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 1 of 27 (.037 avg, .225 OPS) with 3 runs scored. He also whiffed a stunning 17 times for the Rangers this year as his bat appeared to have a hole in it that pitchers continually found.

Tommy Hunter is really stepping up for the Texas Rangers this year

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 23 July 2010 at 1:52 pm

24-year old righty starting pitcher Tommy Hunter has come off the D.L. excelling for the Rangers. He has started 9 games for the Rangers this year and he is 7-0 with a 2.09 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Hunter has been attacking the strike zone with his solid array of stuff. With the Rangers’ pen and offense behind him I don’t see Hunter losing any time soon. Hunter has now started 31 games in his three years with the Rangers and he is 16-8 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He has only walked 50 batters in 179 innings for the Rangers and that is pretty outstanding control. The sky is the limit for Tommy Hunter as long as he can stay healthy.

The Texas Rangers place Dustin Nippert on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 20 July 2010 at 5:53 pm

The Rangers have placed righty reliever/starter Dustin Nippert on the 15-day disabled list due to a mild head injury. Nippert was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Tigers’ outfielder Austin Jackson. Nippert has pitched in 28 games (2 starts) for the Rangers this year and he is 3-4 with a 5.36 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP. The Rangers have called up 27-year old righty reliever Doug Mathis to replace Nippert in the pen. Mathis has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he is 1-1 with a 6.98 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP.

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