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 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 acquire Carlos Beltran from the New York Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 4:25 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 39-year old switch-hitting OF/DH Carlos Beltran from the New York Yankees for 22-year old righty starting pitcher Dillon Tate, 22-year old righty starting pitcher Erik Swanson and 21-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Green.

Beltran was an All-Star for the 9th time in his career in 2015 for the Yankees.  Beltran also has won three Silver Slugger and two Gold Glove Awards so far in his career.  Beltran played in 99 games for the Yankees this year and he was 109 of 359 (.304 avg, .890 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 22 homers and 64 RBIs.  Beltran has now played in 2,405 games in his first 19 years in the show and he is 2,563 of 9,108 (.281 avg, .847 OPS) with 1,499 runs scored, 414 homers, 1,507 RBIs and 311 stolen bases.  Beltran brings power and a good average from both sides of the plate.  He is also very clutch as he is one of the best batters in the history of baseball in the post-season.  Beltran has played in 52 games in the post-season in the career so far and he is 61 of 184 (.332 avg, 1.115 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 16 homers, 40 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  He has walked 35 times while whiffing 26 times so far in the post-season.  Only Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig have a better career OPS than Beltran in the post-season in the history of MLB!

Tate was the #4 overall pick (1st round) of the 2015 Amateur Draft.  He came into this season as the Rangers’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America.  Tate pitched in 17 games (16 starts) in A-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  He has given up 78 hits and 27 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 65 innings in the minors this year.  Swanson pitched in 19 games (15 starts) in A-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 6-4 with 1 save, a 3.43 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  He gave up 77 hits and 25 walks while whiffing 78 batters in his first 81 1/3 innings in the minors this year.  Green pitched in 7 games (all starts) in Rookie-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  He has given up 33 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 44 batters in his first 34 1/3 innings in the minors this year.

Beltran didn’t come cheap but the Rangers filled a huge need as he will make everyone quickly forget Prince Fielder.

The Texas Rangers acquire Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress from the Brewers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 4:04 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 30-year old righty swinging catcher Jonathan Lucroy and 28-year old righty reliever Jeremy Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers for 22-year old righty swinging outfielder Lewis Brinson, 20-year old righty starting pitcher Luis Ortiz and a player to be named later.

Lucroy was an All-Star for the Milwaukee Brewers this year for the second time in his career.  He played in 95 games for the Brewers this year and he was 101 of 338 (.299 avg, .841 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Lucroy has now played in 805 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 806 of 2,838 (.284 avg, .779 OPS) with 346 runs scored, 79 homers, 387 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.  Jeffress pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Brewers this year and he was 2-2 with 27 saves, a 2.22 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  He gave up 45 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 35 batters in his 44 2/3 innings for the Brewers this year.  Jeffress has now pitched in 198 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 11-4 with 28 saves, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

Brinson came into this season as the Rangers’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 81 games in Rookie+AA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 75 of 317 (.237 avg, .708 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Ortiz came into this season as the Rangers’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  Ortiz pitched in 16 games (14 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 4-6 with 1 save, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  He has given up 70 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 62 batters in his 67 1/3 innings in the minors for the Rangers.

The Rangers continue to be super aggressive at the trade deadline as they filled two big needs here in one deal.  The Rangers have not gotten much offensive production from their catchers so far this year, so Lucroy will give them a nice boost there.  Sam Dyson will remain the closer for now, but Jeremy Jeffress could replace him if he stumbles.

The Texas Rangers acquire Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at 7:29 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 31-year old righty starting pitcher Lucas Harrell and 27-year old lefty reliever Dario Alvarez from the Atlanta Braves for 21-year old righty swinging 2B Travis Demeritte.

Harrell pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Braves this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He gave up 25 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his 29 1/3 innings with the Braves.  Harrell has now pitched in 93 games (67 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 20-35 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  Alvarez has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Braves this year and he was 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He gave up 11 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 28 batters in his first 15 innings this year!  Alvarez has now pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 4-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Demeritte came into this season as the Rangers’ #28 prospect according to Baseball America.  Demeritte played in 88 games in A-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 90 for 331 (.272 avg, .935 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 25 homers, 59 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  But he has some holes in his swing as he has whiffed 125 times so far this year.  He played in 298 games in his four years in the minors for the Braves and he was 259 of 1,063 (.244 avg, .820 OPS) with 208 runs scored, 59 homers, 164 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.

This was a case of the price being right to take a flier on Harrell for the starting rotation and Alvarez for the bullpen.

The Texas Rangers acquire Scott Carroll from the White Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 7:59 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 31-year old righty starter/reliever Scott Carroll from the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations.  Carroll pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the White Sox this year and he was 0-0 with a 11.57 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He also pitched in 16 games (12 starts) in AAA-ball for the White Sox and he was 2-8 with a 5.55 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.  Carroll has now pitched in 47 games (19 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 6-11 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  This was just a case of the Rangers buying some rotation insurance.

The Texas Rangers acquire Eric Jokisch from the Marlins

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 8 July 2016 at 2:46 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 26-year old lefty reliever/starter Erik Jokisch from the Miami Marlins for 30-year old righty swinging infielder Pedro Ciriaco.  Jokisch pitched in 20 games (2 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs and Marlins this year and he was 2-1 with 1 save, a 3.92 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  He did pitch for the Cubs back in 2014, working in 4 games (1 start) in which he was 0-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  He could help the Rangers later this year.  Ciriaco played in 51 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 52 of 194 (.268 avg, .617 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 18 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

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.

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