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.

Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers finished #7 in the voting for the 2016 MVP Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 9:28 am

37-year old righty swinging 3B Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers finished #7 in the voting for the 2016 American League MVP Award.  Beltre played in 153 games for the Rangers last year and he was 175 of 583 (.300 avg, .879 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 32 homers, 104 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He also won his 3rd Gold Glove Award with the Rangers in 2016.  He has also been an All-Star four times for the Rangers and he has also won three Silver Slugger Awards while with them.  Beltre has now played in 885 games in his first six years with the Rangers and he is 1,053 of 3,421 (.308 avg, .873 OPS) with 516 runs scored, 167 homers, 563 RBI and 6 stolen bases.  Beltre is tied for #2 in batting average (.308, with Will Clark) in Rangers’ history!  He is also tied for #13 in OBP (.358), #6 in SLG (.516), #7 in OPS (.873), #17 in games played (885), #11 in runs scored (516), #13 in hits (1,053), #12 in doubles (194), #7 in homers (167), #9 in RBI (563) and he is #29 in walks (257) in Texas Rangers’ history.

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!

Jeff Banister of the Texas Rangers finished #2 in the voting for the A.L. Manager of the Year Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Managers by joelapinski on Friday 18 November 2016 at 2:06 pm

52-year old Jeff Banister of the Texas Rangers finished #2 in the voting for the 2016 American League Manager of the Year Award.  Banister led the Rangers to a 95-67 (.586) record in 2016 during the regular season, as they won the A.L. West for the second year in a row.  Banister is now 183-141 (.565) during the regular season in his first two years as the skipper of the Rangers during the regular season.  He is also 2-6 (25%) in the playoffs in his first two years in charge for the Rangers.  He did win the A.L. Manager of the Year Award in 2015.  Banister is already #7 in wins in Rangers’ history with his 183 wins.

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.

Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers ties for #5 in the voting for the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 16 November 2016 at 10:16 pm

21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers has finished tied for fifth (with Edwin Diaz of the Mariners) in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Rookie of the Year Award.  Mazara played in 145 games for the Rangers last year and he was 137 of 516 (.266 avg. 739 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 20 homers and 64 RBI.  Mazara also whiffed 112 times against only 39 walks last year.  Mazara started out the 2016 season like a ball of fire in April and May, before fading the rest of the way.  He has a nice upside.

Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers wins another Gold Glove Award in 2016!

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 4:56 pm

37-year old 3B Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers has won the 9th Gold Glove Award of his career in 2016!  Beltre played in 141 games for the Rangers at 3B in 2016 and he had 10 errors, was a part of 43 double plays and he had a .976 fielding percentage.  Beltre has now played in 2,624 games at 3B in his first 19 years in the show and he has 296 errors, been a part of 496 double plays and he has a .959 fielding percentage.  Beltre just keeps rolling along with the glove and the bat!

Mitch Moreland of the Texas Rangers wins a Gold Glove Award in 2016!

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 4:52 pm

31-year old lefty swinging 1B Mitch Moreland of the Texas Rangers won the first Gold Glove Award of his career in 2016!  Moreland had 2 errors in 139 games for the Rangers last year, good for a .998 fielding percentage.  He has now played in 661 games at 1B in his first seven years in the show (all with the Rangers) and he has made 22 errors, good for a .996 fielding percentage.  Moreland is a free agent this winter, so it will be interesting to see if he will return to leave for another team.  Time will tell.

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.

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