The Texas Rangers DFA Joey Butler

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 1 October 2013 at 5:49 pm

The Rangers have designated 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Joey Butler for assignment.  Butler played in 8 games for the Rangers in his first taste of the majors in 2013 and he was 4 for 12 (.333 avg, .967 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Butler also played in 119 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 124 of 426 (.291 avg, .831 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 12 homers, 51 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  They needed Butler’s roster spot for Nelson Cruz.

Nelson Cruz has been reinstated by the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 30 September 2013 at 7:04 am

The Texas Rangers have activated 33-year old righty swinging outfielder after he served a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis Lab.  Cruz has played in 108 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 110 of 409 (.269 avg, .841 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 27 homers, 76 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He was an American League All-Star before his suspension.  This is in a nick of time for the Rangers as Nelson Cruz has pounded Rays’ starter David Price so far in his career.  He is 9 for 21 (.429 avg, 1.383 OPS) with 3 homers and 5 RBIs against Price.

The Texas Rangers DFA Justin Miller

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 2 September 2013 at 1:10 pm

The Rangers have designated 26-year old righty reliever Justin Miller for assignment.  Miller pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 1-1 with 3 saves, a 7.67 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  Miller pitched in 145 games (0 starts) in his five years in the minors for the Rangers and he was 15-7 with 22 saves, a 3.51 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers DFA Joe Benson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 2 September 2013 at 1:08 pm

The Rangers have designated 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Joe Benson for assignment.  Benson played in 86 games in Rookie+AA+AAA-ball for the Twins and Rangers this year and he was 66 of 307 (.215 avg, .655 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 7 homers, 30 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  He played in 21 games for the Twins in 2011, his only major league experience, and he was 17 of 71 (.239 avg, .622 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Rangers moving forward.

UPDATE:  (9/4/2013) – The Rangers have outrighted Joe Benson to AAA.

The Texas Rangers sign Brendan Harris

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 22 August 2013 at 7:41 am

The Rangers have signed 32-year old righty swinging infielder Brendan Harris to a minor league deal.  Harris played in 44 games for the Angels earlier this year and he was 22 of 107 (.206 avg, .607 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 9 RBIs.  Harris has now played in 529 games in his first eight years in the majors and he is 434 of 1,694 (.256 avg, .695 OPS) with 208 runs scored, 33 homers, 167 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Harris could possibly help the Rangers in September, after rosters expand to 40.

The Texas Rangers acquire Travis Blackley from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 August 2013 at 5:47 pm

The Rangers have acquired 30-year old lefty reliever Travis Blackley from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later and cash.  Blackley pitched in 42 games (0 starts) for the Astros this year and he was 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 78 games (23 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-8 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  Blackley will start his time with the Rangers in AAA-ball, but he could get a chance with them later this year.  I never have a problem with a team making a deal for a lefty pitcher like Blackley.

The Texas Rangers have released Manny Ramirez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 August 2013 at 6:52 am

The Rangers have released 41-year old righty swinging OF/DH Manny Ramirez.  Ramirez played in 30 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers and he was 28 of 108 (.259 avg, .698 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers and 13 RBIs.  Ramirez is likely at the end of his career in baseball now.  Ramirez played in 2,302 games in his 19 years in the majors and he is 2,574 of 8,244 (.312 avg, .996 OPS) with 1,544 runs scored, 555 homers, 1,831 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.  This is no loss for the Rangers moving forward.

The Texas Rangers acquire Alex Rios from the White Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 9 August 2013 at 1:14 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Alex Rios and cash from the White Sox for 22-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Leury Garcia.  Rios played in 109 games for the White Sox this year and he was 119 of 430 (.277 avg, .749 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 12 homers, 55 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.  Rios has now played in 1,408 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,490 of 5,356 (.278 avg, .767 OPS) with 765 runs scored, 155 homers, 682 RBIs and 211 stolen bases.  Rios will replace Nelson Cruz (suspended for 50 games for PEDs) as the Rangers’ new starting RF.  Garcia came into this season as the Rangers’ #20 prospect according to Baseball America.  Garcia played in 25 games for the Rangers this year, in his first taste of the majors, and he was 10 for 52 (.192 avg, .467 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  This was a great move for the Rangers as Rios is a good hitter with speed and a good glove.

Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers gets suspended for 50 games by MLB

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 5 August 2013 at 1:15 pm

33-year old righty swinging RF Nelson Cruz has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball due to his involvement with the Biogenesis Lab in Miami.  Cruz played in 108 games for the Rangers this year and he was 110 of 409 (.269 avg, .841 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 27 homers, 76 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Cruz has now played in 795 games in his first 8 years for the Rangers and he is 773 of 2,882 (.268 avg, .824 OPS) with 403 runs scored, 157 homers, 489 RBIs and 65 stolen bases.  Cruz is #7 in Rangers’ history with his 157 homers.  The Rangers thought that Cruz was going to appeal this suspension, but he didn’t, and it’s going to be a HUGE blow for them the rest of the way in 2013.

The Texas Rangers have claimed Adam Rosales off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 2 August 2013 at 1:32 pm

The Rangers have claimed 30-year old righty swinging IF/OF Adam Rosales off waivers from the A’s.  He played in 50 games for the A’s this year and he was 26 of 135 (.193 avg, .587 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs.  Rosales has now played in 301 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 178 of 809 (.220 avg, .623 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 19 homers, 76 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  This was a good pickup for the Rangers as Rosales can play almost anywhere on the field defensively.

UPDATE:  (8/6/2013) – The Rangers have designated Adam Rosales for assignment before he even played in a game for them in the majors or minors.

UPDATE:  (8/8/2013) – The Rangers have lost Adam Rosales on waivers to the A’s.

UPDATE III:  (8/12/2013) – The Rangers have claimed Adam Rosales off waivers from the A’s for the second time this year.  He played in 1 game for the A’s this time around and he was 0 for 1.

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