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 DFA Patrick Kivlehan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:38 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 26-year old righty swinging OF/1B/3B Patrick Kivlehan for assignment.  Kivlehan played in 36 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 26 of 141 (.184 avg, .514 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has played in 497 games in his five years in the minors and he is 533 of 1,903 (.280 avg, .810 OPS) with 279 runs scored, 71 homers, 334 RBIs and 56 stolen bases.

UPDATE:  (5/30/2016) – The Texas Rangers have sent Patrick Kivlehan to the Seattle Mariners for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.

UPDATE:  (6/12/2016) – The Texas Rangers have acquired 28-year old righty reliever Justin DeFratus to complete this deal.  He pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Mariners this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He has pitched in 191 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 7-6 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  I like this deal for the Rangers as DeFratus might be able to help them later this year.

The Texas Rangers send Anthony Ranaudo back to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 12:31 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 26-year old righty reliever/starter Anthony Ranaudo back to AAA.  He pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he is 1-0 with a 17.18 ERA and a 2.73 WHIP.  Ranaudo has given up 2 hits, 7 runs (all earned) with 8 walks and 2 whiffs in only 3 2/3 innings for the Rangers!  He has pitched in 6 games (2 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 1-1 with a 9.47 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.  The Rangers have called up 23-year old lefty reliever Kevin Faulkner to replace Ranaudo on the pitching staff.  Faulkner pitched in 5 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 8.31 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (5/12/2016) – The Rangers have traded Anthony Ranaudo to the Chicago White Sox for 21-year old righty reliever/starter Matt Ball.  Ball pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in A-ball for the White Sox so far this year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  He gave up 17 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 24 batters in his 16 innings in A-ball for the Pale Hose.  Ball has now pitched in 53 games (28 starts) in his four years in the minors with the White Sox and he was 5-17 with 1 save, a 6.98 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers have designated Chris Gimenez for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 2:21 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 33-year old righty swinging C/1B Chris Gimenez for assignment.  Gimenez played in 7 games in AAA-ball on a rehab assignment this year and he was 6 of 25 (.240 avg, .705 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  Gimenez played in 70 games in his two years with the Rangers and he was 53 of 205 (.259 avg, .750 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers, 25 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

UPDATE:  (5/4/2016) – The Texas Rangers have dealt Chris Gimenez to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.

The Texas Rangers acquire Bobby Wilson from the Tigers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 2:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 33-year old righty swinging catcher Bobby Wilson from the Detroit Tigers for 27-year old lefty starter/reliever Chad Bell.  Wilson played in 5 games for the Tigers this year and he was 2 for 13 (.154 avg, .354 OPS) with 2 RBIs.  Wilson has now played in 254 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 109 of 538 (.203 avg, .565 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 9 homers and 53 RBIs.  Bell pitched in 5 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  Wilson was traded along with pitcher Myles Jaye to the Tigers for catcher Bryan Holaday.

The Texas Rangers DFA Sam Freeman

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 8:13 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 28-year old lefty reliever Sam Freeman for assignment to make room on the roster for Bryan Holaday.  Freeman pitched in 54 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 0-0 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Freeman has now pitched in 135 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Freeman might not clear waivers, so the Rangers should try to deal him.

UPDATE:  (4/6/2016) – The Rangers have dealt Sam Freeman to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations.

The Texas Rangers acquire Bryan Holaday from the Tigers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 8:10 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 28-year old righty swinging catcher Bryan Holaday from the Detroit Tigers for 24-year old righty starting pitcher Myles Jaye and 32-year old righty swinging catcher Bobby Wilson.  Holaday played in 24 games for the Tigers last year and he was 18 of 64 (.281 avg, .745 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBIs.  He has now played in 108 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 65 of 259 (.251 avg, .622 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 3 homers, 30 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Holaday will back up Robinson Chirinos behind the plate in 2016.  Jaye pitched in 26 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the White Sox last year and he was 12-9 with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Wilson played in 56 games for the Rays and Rangers last year and he was 25 of 132 (.189 avg, .505 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 14 RBIs.  The Rangers didn’t give up much in this deal, so I really like it from their side.

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 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.

The Texas Rangers have acquired Matt Garza from the Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 22 July 2013 at 4:56 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for 24-year old righty swinging 3B/1B Mike Olt, 21-year old righty starting pitcher C.J. Edwards, 24-year old righty starting pitcher Justin Grimm and a player to be named later.  Garza pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Garza has given up 61 hits and 20 walks while whiffing 62 batters in his first 71 innings this year, which is impressive.  Garza has now pitched in 181 games (178 starts) in his first eight years in the majors and he is 63-62 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

Olt came into this season as the Rangers’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  Olt played in 68 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 53 of 242 (.219 avg, .756 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 12 homers and 34 RBIs.  Olt played in 16 games for the Rangers last year and he was 5 for 33 (.152 avg, .432 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Edwards came into this season as the Rangers’ #14 prospect according to Baseball America.  Edwards pitched in 18 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  Edwards gave up 62 hits and 34 walks while whiffing 122 batters in his first 93 1/3 innings this year, which was very, very impressive.  Grimm came into this season as the Rangers’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America.  Grimm pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.  Grimm pitched in 22 games (19 starts) in his two years with the Rangers and he was 8-8 with a 6.73 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

The Rangers gave up a lot to get Garza, but he’s likely going to be worth it….as he will slot #3 in the rotation behind Yu Darvish and Derek Holland.

UPDATE:  (8/23/2013) – The Rangers have also sent 24-year old righty starting pitcher Neil Ramirez to the Cubs to complete this deal.  Ramirez came into this season as the Rangers’ #23 prospect according to Baseball America.  Ramirez pitched in 21 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 9-3 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He pitched in 133 games (126 starts) in his six years in the minors with the Rangers and he was 36-35 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

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