The Texas Rangers deal Dylan Moore to the Atlanta Braves as part of a three team deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 August 2016 at 9:16 pm

The Texas Rangers have dealt 24-year old righty swinging SS Dylan Moore to the Atlanta Braves as part of a three team deal also involving the Miami Marlins.  Moore played in 118 games in A-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 109 of 414 (.263 avg, .816 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 14 homers, 59 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.  Moore played in 187 games in his two years in the minors for the Rangers and he was 174 of 654 (.266 avg, .821 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 21 homers, 96 RBIs and 55 stolen bases.  The Braves dealt outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the Marlins as part of this deal and the Marlins sent 22-year old righty swinging C/1B Matt Foley to the Braves as part of this deal.  The Rangers got back three international bonus slots valued at $860,000 bucks.  They receive the #37 pick and #97 pick from the Marlins and they also get the #93 pick from the Braves.

The Texas Rangers release Josh Hamilton

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 7:12 pm

The Texas Rangers have released 35-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton.  Hamilton has missed the entire 2016 season due to surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his knee and he had a total ACL reconstruction.  Hamilton played in 697 games in his six years with the Rangers and he was 814 of 2,697 (.302 avg, .901 OPS) with 441 runs scored, 150 homers, 531 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.  He also played in 39 games in the playoffs for the Rangers in which he was 33 of 150 (.220 avg) with 18 runs scored, 6 homers, 22 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Hamilton was a All-Star five years in a row for the Rangers (2008-2012).  He also won 3 Silver Slugger Awards and he led the American League in RBIs in 2008 with 130 of them!  But he had an epic season in 2010 for the Rangers and he was the MVP of the American League!  Hamilton played in 133 games for the Rangers in 2010 and he was 186 of 518 (.359 avg, 1.044 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 32 homers, 100 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  He led the show in batting average (.359), SLG (.633) and OPS (1.044) in 2010!  Hamilton only played six years for the Rangers, but he is still #14 in Rangers’ history with his 150 homers!  He is also #29 in games played (697), #9 in batting average (.302), #12 in OBP (.359), #3 in SLG (.542), tied for #3 in OPS (.901), #15 in runs scored (441), #18 in hits (814), #16 in doubles (164), tied for #24 in triples (17), #12 in RBIs (531), #34 in walks (240) and he is tied for #35 in steals (40) in Rangers’ history.

The Texas Rangers have activated Derek Holland off of the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 7:04 pm

The Texas Rangers have activated 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Derek Holland off of the D.L.  Holland will start tonight against the Cincinnati Reds.  Holland has pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 5-5 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  Holland also pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball on a rehab assignment and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  The Rangers hope that Holland can stay healthy the rest of the way in 2016.

The Texas Rangers sign Carlos Gomez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 9:25 am

The Texas Rangers have signed 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league deal.  Gomez played in 85 games earlier this year for the Astros and he was 62 of 295 (.210 avg, .594 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 5 homers, 29 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Gomez whiffed 100 times against only 21 walks earlier this year for the Astros, as he looked overmatched at times.  Gomez has now played in 1,171 games in his first 10 years in the show and he was 970 of 3,794 (.256 avg, .721 OPS) with 554 runs scored, 108 homers, 429 RBIs and 234 stolen bases.  Gomez will start out in AAA-ball for the Rangers, but I have a feeling that he could be called up before rosters expand on September 1st, to make him eligible to play in the playoffs.  This was a nice flier for the Rangers to take, as Gomez is a 2-time All Star who has also won a Gold Glove Award.

UPDATE:  (8/24/2016) – The Texas Rangers are calling up Carlos Gomez tomorrow and they are going to make him their every day left fielder!  Gomez played in 3 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers and he was 4 for 13 (.308 avg, .896 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 double, 1 triple and 2 RBI.

The Texas Rangers place Lucas Harrell on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 3:02 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 31-year old righty starting pitcher Lucas Harrell on the 15-day disabled list due to a right groin strain.  Harrell has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Rangers since they acquired him in a deal with the Braves and he is 1-0 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.  Harrell has now pitched in 9 games (all starts) overall this year for the Braves and Rangers in which he is 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  The Rangers have called up 26-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Martinez to replace Harrell on the pitching staff and most likely the rotation.  Martinez has pitched in 7 games (5 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 7.18 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP.  He has given up 36 hits (7 homers) and 16 walks while whiffing 10 batters in his first 26 1/3 innings for the Rangers this year, so he has been getting hit really, really hard this year.  Martinez has now pitched in 60 games (50 starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 13-22 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers sign Darin Mastroianni

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 7:44 am

The Texas Rangers have signed 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Darin Mastroianni to a minor league deal.  Mastroianni played in 7 games earlier this year for the Twins and he was 0 for 9 (.000 avg, .182 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base.  He also played in 51 games in AAA-ball for the Twins and he was 46 of 180 (.256 avg, .627 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 0 homers, 15 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Mastroianni has now played in 136 games in his first five years in the show and he is 58 of 282 (.206 avg, .551 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 4 homers, 24 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  He will start his time with the Rangers in AAA-ball.

The Texas Rangers lose Shin-Soo Choo for probably the rest of the 2016 season

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 7:39 am

The Texas Rangers have probably lost 34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for the rest of the 2016 season after he was hit by a pitch last night that broke his left forearm.  Choo has played in 45 games for the Rangers this year and he is 41 of 166 (.247 avg, .784 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 17 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Rangers have called up 26-year old righty swinging OF/1B Ryan Rua to replace Choo on the active roster.  Rua played in 78 games earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 54 of 203 (.266 avg, .754 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 7 homers, 20 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Rua never deserved to get sent to the minors in the first place.

The Texas Rangers activate Drew Stubbs off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 8:53 am

The Texas Rangers have activated 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Drew Stubbs off of the D.L.  Stubbs has played in 31 games so far this year for the Rangers and Braves in which he is 13 of 53 (.245 avg, .686 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  To make room on the active roster for Stubbs, the Rangers have sent 26-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Ryan Rua to AAA.  Rua played in 78 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 54 of 203 (.266 avg, .754 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 7 homers, 20 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Rua didn’t deserve to get sent to the minors and he will be back with the Rangers by September 1st at the latest, as that is when rosters can expand up to 40.  Stubbs’ versatility in the outfield is part of the reason why the Rangers picked him over Rua for right now.

Prince Fielder’s career with the Texas Rangers and in baseball is over

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 8:48 am

32-year old lefty swinging 1B Prince Fielder announced yesterday that his playing days are over after him having neck fusion surgery in July.  It was his second surgery on his neck in the last three years (but in a different area this time around).  He is still owed $24 million dollars per season until 2020.  The Rangers will pay him $9 million per year, the Tigers will pay his $6 million dollars per year and an insurance company will pay him $9 million bucks per year through 2020.

Fielder came over to the Texas Rangers on November 13, 2013 in a deal that sent 2B Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers.  He played in 89 games for the Rangers this year and he was 69 for 326 (.212 avg, .626 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 8 homers and 44 RBIs.  He was an All-Star in 2015 for the Rangers in his only “healthy” year with them.  He played in 158 games for the Rangers in 2015 and he was 187 of 613 (.305 avg, .841 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 23 homers and 98 RBIs.  He also played in 5 games in the playoffs for the Rangers in 2015 in which he was 3 for 20 (.150 avg, .340 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Fielder played in 289 games in his three years with the Rangers and he was 293 of 1,089 (.269 avg, .760 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 34 homers and 158 RBIs.

This is a shame as Fielder was a darn good baseball player.  The Rangers are going to miss him.

 

The Texas Rangers DFA Kyle Kubitza

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 8:01 am

The Texas Rangers have designated 26-year old lefty swinging 3B Kyle Kubitza for assignment.  Kubitza played in 98 games in AAA-ball for the Angels and Rangers this year in which he was 76 of 345 (.220 avg) with 38 runs scored, 6 homers, 34 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Kubitza has played in 19 games in his one year in the show so far in his career and he is 7 for 36 (.194 avg, .450 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  This is no loss for the Rangers moving forward.

UPDATE:  (8/12/2016) – The Rangers have lost Kyle Kubitza on waivers to the Atlanta Braves.

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