The Texas Rangers claim David Rollins off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 3:00 pm

The Texas Rangers have claimed 26-year old lefty reliever David Rollins off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.  Rollins pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Mariners last year and he was 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP.  Rollins also pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Mariners last year and he was 5-0 with 2 saves, a 3.77 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.  He gave up 39 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 32 batters in his 45 1/3 innings in the minors last year, which are pretty impressive numbers.  But, he has now pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-2 with a 7.60 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP.  Rollins has a good arm, so maybe a change of scenery will be just what the doctor ordered.

The Texas Rangers claim Tyler Wagner off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 7:03 am

The Texas Rangers have claimed 25-year old righty starter/reliever Tyler Wagner off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Wagner pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the D-Backs last year and he was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  He also pitched in 5 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Brewers last year and he was 1-4 with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Wagner has now pitched in 6 games (3 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-2 with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.  Wagner came into the 2016 season as the Brewers’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America.  This was a good guy to take a flier on for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers sign Andrew Cashner

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 6:58 am

The Texas Rangers have signed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Andrew Cashner to a 1-year, $10 million dollar deal.  Cashner pitched in 28 games (27 starts) for the Padres and Marlins last year in which he was 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  He gave up 142 hits (19 homers) and he walked 60 batters while whiffing 112 batters in 132 innings last year.  Cashner has now pitched in 202 games (109 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 31-53 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  Cashner has electric stuff, but he has never played on a team near as good as the Rangers.  I like the Rangers taking a flier on Cashner, albeit an expensive one, as he should slot near the back end of he rotation despite having top of the rotation type stuff!

The Texas Rangers sign Allen Webster

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 16 November 2016 at 11:55 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 26-year old righty starting pitcher Allen Webster to a minor league deal.  Webster pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Samsung Lions of Korea last year and he was 4-4 with a 5.70 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.  He gave up 72 hits (10 homers) and 47 walks while whiffing 59 batters in his 71 innings in Korea last year.  Webster last pitched in the show back in 2015 for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Webster has pitched in 28 games (23 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 7-6 with a 6.13 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  This was a depth signing and little more for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers sign Will Middlebrooks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 11 November 2016 at 11:51 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 28-year old righty swinging 3B Will Middlebrooks to a minor league deal.  Middlebrooks played in 10 games for the Brewers last year and he was 3 for 27 (.111 avg, 337 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  He also played in 71 games in A+AA+AAA-ball last year in which he was 74 of 259 (.286 avg, .812 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 10 homers, 49 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 352 games in his first five years in the show and he is 254 of 1,112 (.228 avg, .665 OPS) with 114 runs scored, 43 homers, 152 RBI and 10 stolen bases.  Middlebrooks could win a bench spot with the Texas Rangers to start the 2017 season, if he looks good in spring training.

The Texas Rangers decline a 2017 option on Derek Holland

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 7 November 2016 at 9:35 pm

The Texas Rangers have turned down their $11 million dollar option for the 2017 season on 30-year old lefty starting pitcher Derek Holland, so they will pay him a $1.5 million buyout instead.  Holland pitched in 22 games (20 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 7-9 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  He gave up 116 hits (15 homers) and 35 walks while whiffing 67 batters in his 107 1/3 innings for the Rangers last year.  Holland pitched in 179 games (158 starts) in his 8 years with the Rangers and he was 62-50 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Holland is #9 in Rangers’ history with his 62 wins!  He is also #27 in ERA (4.35), #15 in WHIP (1.33), #32 in games pitched (179), #8 in games started (158), tied for #44 in complete games (8), tied for #6 in shutouts (8), #10 in innings pitched (985) and he is #8 in strikeouts (790) in Rangers’ history.  If Holland didn’t have so many injuries the last couple of years, the Rangers might have picked up his option.  That being said, Holland shouldn’t have too hard of a problem finding a new team, as the free agent market is pretty thin in the starting pitcher department.

The Texas Rangers pick up the 2017 option on Jonathan Lucroy

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 4:25 pm

The Texas Rangers have picked up the 2017 option on 30-year old righty swinging catcher Jonathan Lucroy, valued at $5.25 million bucks.  Lucroy played in 47 games for the Rangers after the trade from the Brewers, and he was 42 of 152 (.276 avg, .885 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 11 homers and 31 RBI.  Lucroy played in 142 games overall for the Rangers and Brewers last year in which he was 143 of 490 (.292 avg, .855 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 24 homers, 81 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  He was an All-Star for the second time in his career in 2016 for the Brewers.  Lucroy has now played in 852 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 848 of 2,990 (.284 avg, .784 OPS) with 365 runs scored, 90 homers, 418 RBI and 29 stolen bases.  Lucroy is really going to help stabilize the lineup and the pitching staff in 2017!

The Texas Rangers have claimed Adrian Sampson off waivers from the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 10:20 pm

The Texas Rangers have claimed 25-year old righty starting pitcher Adrian Sampson off waivers from the Seattle Mariners and they have placed him on the 60-day disabled list.  He had surgery last June, so he will likely miss the start of the 2017 season.  He pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Mariners (it was his Major League debut last year) last year and he was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.  Sampson also pitched in 13 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Mariners last year in which he was 7-4 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He gave up 81 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 61 batters in 80 1/3 innings in the minors last year.  This is just the case of the Rangers taking a flier on a young guy that pitched pretty well in AAA-ball last year.

UPDATE:  (11/21/2016) – The Rangers have designated Adrian Sampson for assignment.

Lucas Harrell rejects an outright assignment to AAA by the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 29 October 2016 at 2:46 pm

31-year old righty starting pitcher Lucas Harrell has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Texas Rangers, so he will become a free agent this winter.  Harrell pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Rangers after coming over in a deal with the Braves and he was 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.  Harrell pitched in 9 games (all starts) overall last year for the Braves and the Rangers in which he was 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Rangers moving forward.

The Texas Rangers re-sign Doug Bernier

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 29 October 2016 at 7:18 am

The Texas Rangers have re-signed 36-year old righty swinging infielder Doug Bernier to a minor league deal.  Bernier played in 120 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers last year and he was 114 of 414 (.275 avg, .760 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 10 homers, 47 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  He has played in 46 games in his first four years in the show and he is 15 of 69 (.217 avg, .609 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  This was a depth signing and little more, as the Rangers didn’t call up Bernier in 2016.

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