The Texas Rangers DFA Matt Roth

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 11 September 2016 at 6:30 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 26-year old lefty reliever/starter Matt Roth.  Roth pitched in 1 game out of the bullpen for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 14.73 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He gave up 10 hits (3 homers) and 1 walk while whiffing 3 batters in his 3 2/3 innings for the Rangers.  Roth also pitched in 28 games (23 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 11-5 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Roth has now pitched in 23 games (1 start) in his first three years in the show and he is 2-1 with a 8.50 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers have claimed R.J. Alvarez off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 2:13 pm

The Texas Rangers have claimed 25-year old righty reliever R.J. Alvarez off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.  Alvarez pitched in 23 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the A’s and Cubs earlier this year and he was 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.  Alvarez has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-0 with a 7.39 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  He has given up 30 hits (7 homers) and 18 walks while whiffing 32 batters in his first 28 innings in the show.  This is just a case of the Rangers taking a flier on a young guy with a strong arm.

The Texas Rangers deal Ryan Cordell to the Milwaukee Brewers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 9:31 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 24-year old righty swinging 3B/OF Ryan Cordell to the Milwaukee Brewers as the player to be named later in the deal in which they acquired Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress from them.  Cordell came into this season as the Rangers’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America.  Cordell played in 107 games in AA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 107 of 405 (.264 avg, .803 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 19 homers, 70 RBI and 12 stolen bases.  He played in 384 games in his four years in the minors for the Rangers and he was 407 of 1,480 (.275 avg, .798 OPS) with 252 runs scored, 55 homers, 227 RBI and 72 stolen bases.

The Texas Rangers acquire Nevin Ashley from the Mets

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 10:34 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 32-year old righty swinging catcher Nevin Ashley from the Mets for cash.  Ashley played in 63 games in AAA-ball for the Mets this year and he was 40 of 167 (.240 avg, .739 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 5 homers, 28 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Ashley had his first experience in the show last year for the Brewers, playing in 12 games in which he was 2 for 20 (.100 avg, .293 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Ashley could help the Rangers in September as their #3 catcher and the price was probably pretty reasonable for them to acquire him.

The Texas Rangers place Jeremy Jeffress on the Restricted List

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 27 August 2016 at 2:43 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 28-year old righty reliever Jeremy Jeffress on the Restricted List, after he was arrested on suspicion of DWI on Friday.  Jeffress has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Rangers since coming over in a trade deadline deal for the Brewers and he is 0-0 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Jeffress has pitched in 56 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Rangers and Brewers in which he is 2-2 with 27 saves, a 2.52 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  The Rangers have called up 27-year old lefty reliever Dario Alvarez to replace Jeffress on the roster and in the bullpen.  Alvarez pitched in 3 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Alvarez has pitched in 19 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Rangers and Braves in which he is 3-1 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers DFA Drew Stubbs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 25 August 2016 at 7:56 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Drew Stubbs for assignment.  Stubbs played in 19 games for the Rangers this year and he was 6 for 20 (.300 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers, 3 RBI and 4 stolen bases.  Stubbs has played in 39 games overall this year for the Braves and Rangers in which he is 15 of 58 (.259 avg, .757 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  Stubbs has now played in 881 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 682 of 2,790 (.244 avg, .710 OPS) with 443 runs scored, 92 homers, 282 RBI and 160 stolen bases.  The Rangers needed Stubbs’ roster spot in order to active Carlos Gomez, which they did tonight.  Stubbs might not make it through waivers, as he has played well when healthy this year.

UPDATE:  (8/29/2016) – The Rangers have released Drew Stubbs, after he rejected an outright assignment to AAA.

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.

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