The Texas Rangers DFA Luis Martinez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 26 December 2012 at 3:40 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 27-year old righty swinging catcher Luis Martinez for assignment. Martinez played in 10 games for the Rangers last year and he was 2 for 18 (.111 avg, .269 OPS) with 1 run scored. He also played in 65 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 58 of 215 (.270 avg, .736 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 22 RBIs. Martinez has now played in 32 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 14 for 77 (.182 avg, .536 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Rangers probably hope that Martinez clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment to AAA.

UPDATE: (1/5/2012) – The Rangers have lost Luis Martinez on waivers to the Orioles.

The Texas Rangers have claimed Jeff Beliveau off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 22 December 2012 at 8:33 pm

The Rangers have claimed 25-year old lefty reliever Jeff Beliveau off waivers from the Cubs. Beliveau pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP. He also pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Beliveau will have a decent shot of making the Rangers’ bullpen next spring.

The Texas Rangers sign A.J. Pierzynski

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 20 December 2012 at 8:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 35-year old lefty swinging catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a 1-year deal. He played in 135 games for the White Sox last year and he was 133 of 479 (.278 avg, .827 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 27 homers and 77 RBIs. He has now played in 1,629 games in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 1,645 of 5,795 (.284 avg, .753 OPS) with 681 runs scored, 155 homers, 730 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. The Rangers hope that Pierzynski’s power of last season wasn’t a mirage.

The Texas Rangers have claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 13 December 2012 at 8:51 am

The Rangers have claimed 33-year old righty swinging catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers to the Blue Jays. Whiteside played in 12 games for the Giants last year and he was 1 for 11 (.091 avg, .396 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. He has now played in 208 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 105 of 489 (.215 avg, .608 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 10 homers, 43 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Whiteside will have a good shot to win the backup catcher job for the Rangers in 2013, as he is a good defensive catcher.

UPDATE: (1/3/2012) – The Texans have designated Eli Whiteside for assignment to open up a roster spot for Jason Frasor.

UPDATE II: (1/5/2012) – The Rangers have outrighted Eli Whiteside to AAA. He will likely start the 2013 season in the minors for the Rangers unless A.J. Pierzynski or Geovany Soto get injured in spring training.

The Texas Rangers have dealt Michael Young to the Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 8 December 2012 at 4:32 pm

The Rangers have dealt 36-year old righty swinging infielder Michael Young and cash to the Philadelphia Phillies for 25-year old righty reliever Josh Lindblom and 22-year old righty reliever Lisalverto Bonilla. Young played in 156 games for the Rangers last year and he was 169 of 611 (.277 avg, .682 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 8 homers, 67 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Young played in 1,823 games in his 13 years with the Rangers and he was 2,230 of 7,399 (.301 avg, .791 OPS) with 1,085 runs scored, 177 homers, 984 RBIs and 89 stolen bases. Young was a seven time All-Star with the Rangers and he won 1 Gold Glove. Young is the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played (1,823), hits (2,230), runs scored (1,085), doubles (415) and triples (55). Young is also #9 in batting average (.301), #6 in homers (177), #3 in RBIs (984) and #5 in walks (532) in Rangers’ history.

The Rangers didn’t give Young away though as they got pretty good value back. Josh Lindblom pitched in 74 games (0 starts) for the Phillies and Dodgers last year in which he was 3-5 with 1 save, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has now pitched in 101 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 4-5 with 1 save, a 3.31 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Lisalverto Bonilla came into the 2012 season as the Phillies’ #12 prospect. He pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 3-2 with 4 saves, a 1.55 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He has now pitched in 84 games (35 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 16-13 with 8 saves, a 2.50 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. So the Rangers got an arm in the bullpen for now (Lindblom) and one for the near future (Bonilla) for Michael Young who could be nearing the end as an everyday player in the majors.

The Texas Rangers sign Brandon Allen

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 December 2012 at 5:50 pm

The Rangers have signed 26-year old lefty swinging 1B Brandon Allen to a minor league deal. Allen played in 10 games for the A’s and Rays last year and he was 2 for 20 (.100 avg, .432 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. He has now played in 116 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 70 for 344 (.203 avg, .665 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 12 homers, 41 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Allen will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the Rangers, but he might be able to help them at some point next year.

The Texas Rangers sign Randy Wells

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 December 2012 at 5:48 pm

The Rangers have signed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Randy Wells to a minor league deal. Wells pitched in 12 games (4 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP. He has now pitched in 98 games (86 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 28-32 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Wells had elbow issues last season with the Cubs. If he is healthy, Wells can help the Rangers as a starter or reliever in 2013. I like this pickup for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers have signed Evan Meek

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 December 2012 at 5:46 pm

The Rangers have signed 29-year old righty reliever Evan Meek to a minor league deal. Meek pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last year and he was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Meek has now pitched in 156 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 7-7 with 4 saves, a 3.34 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. If Meek is healthy in 2013, he could be a steal for the Rangers as he was a good reliever for the Pirates not too long ago.

The Texans Rangers take Coty Woods in the Rule 5 Draft

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 December 2012 at 5:41 pm

The Rangers selected 24-year old righty reliever Coty Woods in the Rule 5 Draft away from the Rockies. Woods came into last year as the Rockies’ #29 prospect according to Baseball America. Woods pitched in 61 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 4-4 with 27 saves, a 3.20 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He has now pitched in 151 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 12-10 with 34 saves, a 2.81 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Woods will get a shot to win a job in the Rangers’ bullpen next spring.

The Texas Rangers have signed outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 December 2012 at 9:43 am

The Rangers have signed 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Chin-Hsien Chiang to a minor league deal. Chiang came into last season as the Mariners’ #24 prospect according to Baseball America. Chiang played in 117 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Mariners last year and he was 112 of 449 (.249 avg, .644 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 7 homers, 48 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Chiang has now played in 665 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 676 of 2,470 (.274 avg, .753 OPS) with 311 runs scored, 58 homers, 357 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Chiang will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the Rangers.

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