The Texas Rangers have acquired Kyle Kubitza from the Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 3:02 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 25-year old lefty swinging 3B Kyle Kubitza from the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations.  Kubitza came into this season as the Angels’ #16 prospect according to Baseball America.  Kubitza played in 54 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 47 of 186 (.253 avg, .714 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 2 homers, 19 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Kubitza played in 19 games for the Angels last year in his first taste of the show and he was 7 for 36 (.194 avg, .451 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Any time you can get a legit prospect for a wad of cash, you have to do it.  So I like this deal for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers sign Neal Cotts

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 20 June 2016 at 2:59 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 36-year old lefty reliever Neal Cotts to a minor league deal.  Cotts has pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Yankees and Angels this year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Cotts has pitched in 131 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers (2013 and 2014) and he was 10-12 with 3 saves, a 2.84 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Cotts has now pitched in 483 games (5 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 21-24 with 4 saves, a 3.96 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  I like this signing for the Rangers, as Cotts could help them later this year.

The Texas Rangers call up Nick Martinez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 8:15 am

The Texas Rangers have called up 25-year old righty starter/reliever Nick Martinez.  Martinez pitched in 1 game out of the pen earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA and a 9.00 WHIP.  He has also pitched in 11 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he is 6-4 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Martinez has pitched in 54 games (45 starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 12-20 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  The Rangers have sent 32-year old righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to AAA.  He has pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-3 with a 10.55 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (6/17/2016) – Tom Wilhelmsen has rejected his minor league assignment and he has become a free agent.

The Texas Rangers place Yu Darvish on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 13 June 2016 at 7:39 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 29-year old righty starting pitcher Yu Darvish back on the 15-day disabled list due to neck and shoulder problems.  Darvish has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has given up 12 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 19 batters in his first 15 2/3 innings this year.  31-year old lefty Cesar Ramos will replace Darvish in the starting rotation.  Ramos has pitched in 7 games (3 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-2 with 1 save, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  The Rangers have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Alex Claudio to replace Darvish on the active roster.  Claudio pitched in 10 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  The Rangers hope that Darvish only has to miss a couple of weeks.

The Texas Rangers release Ike Davis

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 12 June 2016 at 8:31 pm

The Texas Rangers have released 29-year old lefty swinging 1B Ike Davis.  Davis played in 39 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 38 of 142 (.268 avg, .786 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 4 homers and 25 RBIs.  Davis has played in 659 games in his first six years in the show and he is 493 of 2,062 (.239 avg, .748 OPS) with 258 runs scored, 81 homers, 290 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Davis wasn’t out of work too long as the Yankees quickly signed him to a major league deal.  That being said, Davis was buried on the Rangers’ depth chart, so they essentially did him a favor by cutting him loose.

The Texas Rangers DFA Phil Klein

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 5:02 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 27-year old righty reliever Phil Klein for assignment.  Klein pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  Klein has now pitched in 36 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 2-3 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Rangers moving forward.

UPDATE:  (6/20/2016) – The Rangers have lost Phil Klein on waivers to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Texas Rangers activate Robinson Chirinos from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 5:00 pm

The Texas Rangers have activated 32-year old righty swinging catchers Robinson Chirinos off the D.L.  Chirinos played in 5 games earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .913 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  He also played in 6 games in his rehab assignment and he was 2 for 21 (.095 avg, .190 OPS).  The Rangers now have three catchers on the roster, as 28-year old righty swinging Bryan Holaday and 33-year old righty swinging Bobby Wilson are still around and they have both been productive at the plate so far this year.  Holaday has played in 25 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 20 for 78 (.256 avg, .738 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBIs.  Wilson has played in 21 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 22 of 72 (.306 avg, .791 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 14 RBIs.  I could see the Rangers dealing Holaday or Wilson in the coming days to break up the logjam at catcher.  To make room on the active roster for Chirinos, the Rangers sent 24-year old righty reliever Luke Jackson to AAA.  Jackson pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he is 0-0 with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers call up Tom Wilhelmsen

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 5 June 2016 at 8:03 am

The Texas Rangers have called up 32-year old righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen.  Wilhelmsen pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball and he was 0-1 with a 1.12 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  They hope this was a wake up call for Wilhelmsen, as he has been a good reliever in his Major League career until now.  He pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Rangers earlier this year and he was 2-2 with a 9.37 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers release Nick Tepesch

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 4 June 2016 at 7:08 pm

27-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tepesch requested for the Texas Rangers to release him and they have obliged.  Tepesch pitched in 11 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 4-2 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Tepesch pitched in 42 games (39 starts) in his two years with the Rangers and he was 9-17 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Tepesch should have little problem finding a new team, but he wasn’t likely going to have much of a chance to pitch for the Rangers this year…..so they did him a favor by letting him go.

The Texas Rangers send Hanser Alberto to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 4 June 2016 at 4:43 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 23-year old righty swinging infielder Hanser Alberto to AAA.  Alberto played in 24 games for the Rangers this year and he was 6 for 37 (.162 avg, .324 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Alberto has now played in 65 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 28 of 136 (.206 avg, .453 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Rangers needed to send someone down because Rougned Odor is back from his suspension.  This means that 23-year old switch-hitting infielder Jurickson Profar gets to stay with the Rangers and that is a good thing that came out of Odor’s suspension.  Profar played in 7 games while Odor was out and he was an impressive 12 of 33 (.364 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBIs.

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