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The Texas Rangers sign Brandon Webb

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 27 December 2010 at 3:30 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 31-year old righty starting pitcher Brandon Webb to a 1-year, $3 million dollar deal plus incentives. Webb did not pitch last season as he was rehabbing his right shoulder and he only started 1 game for the D-Backs in 2009. Webb was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2006 when he started 33 games for the D-Backs in which he was 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Webb also finished second in the Cy Young Award voting in both 2007 and 2008 (he won 22 games) in the National League. Webb has now pitched in 199 games (198 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 87-62 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. This was a good risk to take because if Webb is healthy he’s going to win a lot of games for the Rangers in 2011.

The Texas Rangers sign Arthur Rhodes

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 25 December 2010 at 1:08 pm

The Rangers have signed 41-year old lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes to a 1-year deal with a vesting option for the 2012 season. Rhodes pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Reds last season and he was 4-4 with a 2.29 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He whiffed 50 hitters in 55 innings last season while only giving up 38 hits as he is still nasty. Rhodes has now pitched in 849 games (61 starts) in his first 19 years in the majors and he is 84-66 with 32 saves, a 4.06 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. I really like this signing for the Rangers as Rhodes will team with Darren Oliver to give them a nasty pair of lefties in the pen.

The Texas Rangers sign Omar Quintanilla

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 22 December 2010 at 6:19 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 29-year old lefty swinging SS/2B Omar Quintanilla to a minor league deal. Quintanilla played in 34 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies last season and he was 30 of 119 (.252 avg, .669 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 15 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Quintanilla last played in the majors in 2009 with the Rockies. He has now played in 216 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 110 of 500 (.220 avg, .567 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 2 homers, 32 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Quintanilla won’t have a chance to make the Rangers next spring as he still has games to serve on a 50-game suspension he received last August for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

The Texas Rangers sign Zach Jackson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 22 December 2010 at 6:16 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 27-year old lefty starter/reliever Zach Jackson to a minor league deal. Jackson pitched in 35 games (5 starts) in AAA-ball for the Blue Jays last season and he was 2-3 with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP. Jackson last pitched in the majors in 2009 for the Indians. Jackson has now pitched in 22 games (17 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 4-5 with a 5.81 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. Jackson will get a shot to win a job in the pen for the Rangers next spring.

The Texas Rangers re-sign Endy Chavez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 18 December 2010 at 10:29 pm

The Rangers have re-signed 32-year old lefty swinging outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league deal. Chavez played in 8 games in Rookie+AA+AAA-ball last season and he was 12 of 31 (.387 avg, .876 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Chavez played last in the majors in 2009 with the Mariners. He has played in 827 games in parts of nine years in the majors and he is 605 for 2,237 (.270 avg, .679 OPS) with 289 runs scored, 19 homers, 190 RBIs and 87 stolen bases. Chavez is going to have a hard time breaking into the Rangers’ crowded outfield next spring.

The Texas Rangers sign Brian Barden

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 18 December 2010 at 10:26 pm

The Rangers have signed 29-year old righty swinging infielder Brian Barden to a minor league deal. Barden played in 35 games for the Marlins last season and he was 5 of 28 (.179 avg, .460 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Barden has now played in 119 games in his four years in the majors and he is 37 of 175 (.211 avg, .571 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 4 homers and 14 RBIs. Barden will be a longshot to make the Rangers’ bench next spring.

The Texas Rangers sign Seth McClung

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 17 December 2010 at 8:08 pm

The Rangers have signed 29-year old righty reliever Seth McClung. McClung last pitched in the majors in 2009 with the Brewers. McClung pitched in 41 games (2 starts) for the Brewers in 2009 and he was 3-3 with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. He has now pitched in 177 games (61 starts) in his six years in the majors and he is 26-34 with 6 saves, a 5.46 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. His big issue in the majors has been his control as he has walked 254 batters in only 430 1/3 innings. McClung has always had the stuff to succeed in the majors and maybe the Rangers’ coaching staff will be able to work some magic with him.

The Texas Rangers sign Yhency Brazoban

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 16 December 2010 at 4:42 pm

The Rangers have signed 30-year old righty reliever Yhency Brazoban to a minor league deal. Brazoban pitched in 62 games (0 starts) in Mexico + AAA-ball last season and he was 4-3 with 9 saves, a 2.70 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors in 2008 with the Dodgers. Brazoban has pitched in 116 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 10-12 with 21 saves, a 4.70 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Brazoban is a hard thrower and he will get a chance to join the Rangers’ pen next spring.

The Texas Rangers re-sign Matt Treanor

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 13 December 2010 at 2:48 pm

The Rangers have re-signed 34-year old righty swinging catcher Matt Treanor to a 1-year, $850,000 dollar deal. Treanor played in 82 games for the Rangers last season and he was 50 of 237 (.211 avg, .595 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 5 homers and 27 RBIs. Treanor has now played in 360 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 221 of 973 (.227 avg, .621 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 13 homers and 97 RBIs. Treanor will likely serve as Yorvit Torrealba’s backup in 2011.

The Texas Rangers acquire Mason Tobin from the Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 9 December 2010 at 8:09 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 23-year old righty starting pitcher Mason Tobin from the Cubs for cash considerations. The Rangers will have to keep Tobin on the roster all year back or offer him back to the Angels as the Cubs picked him in the Rule 5 Draft. Tobin was the Angels’ #24 rated prospect heading into last season according to Baseball America. Tobin has only pitched in 3 games the last two seasons due to Tommy John Surgery which he had in April of 2009. Tobin has pitched in 25 games (21 starts) in his three years in the minors and he is 6-4 with 1 save, a 2.43 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He has only allowed 71 hits in 96 1/3 innings as he has been nasty when healthy. The Rangers will give Tobin a chance to win a job in the bullpen next spring if he’s healthy enough to give it a go.

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