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.
20-year old righty swinging SS/3B Josh Morgan came into this season as the Texas Rangers‘ #7 prospect according to Baseball America. Morgan has played in 106 games in A-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 115 of 392 (.293 avg, .759 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 7 homers, 51 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Morgan has now played in 260 games in his first three years in the minors for the Rangers and he is 281 of 945 (.297 avg, .760 OPS) with 157 runs scored, 10 homers, 106 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. The Rangers will probably take things slowly with Morgan.
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.
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 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.
The Texas Rangers have released 36-year old lefty reliever Craig Breslow. Breslow pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Rangers in AAA-ball and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.50 WHIP. He gave up 5 hits, 2 walks and 3 runs (all earned) in only 2 innings pitched in AAA for the Rangers. Breslow has pitched in 539 games (2 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 22-29 with 8 saves, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Breslow could be nearing the end of the line, but he is a lefty so you never know.
The Texas Rangers have activated 34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Shin-Soo Choo off of the D.L. last night. He led off for the Rangers last night against the Orioles (a Rangers’ 5-3 win) and he was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Choo has now played in 34 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 34 of 128 (.266 avg, .850 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 7 homers, 17 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has now played in 306 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 297 of 1,138 (.261 avg, .799 OPS) with 175 runs scored, 42 homers, 139 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Adding Choo along with Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy (in trades) will take the Rangers’ offense to new highs the rest of the 2016 season, providing that all three of them stay healthy.
The Texas Rangers have designated 33-year old righty swinging catcher Bobby Wilson for assignment. Wilson played in 42 games for the Rangers this year and he was 32 of 128 (.250 avg, .629 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers and 22 RBIs. Wilson played in 73 games in his two years with the Rangers and he was 49 of 205 (.239 avg, .624 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 4 homers and 32 RBIs. Wilson has now played in 296 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 141 of 666 (.212 avg, .577 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 12 homers and 75 RBIs. Wilson lost his job after the Rangers traded for Jonathan Lucroy.
UPDATE: (8/5/2016) – The Rangers have lost Bobby Wilson on waivers to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Texas Rangers have designated 28-year old righty swinging catcher Bryan Holaday for assignment. Holaday played in 30 games for the Rangers this year and he was 20 for 84 (.238 avg, .695 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBIs. He has now played in 138 games in his first five years in the show and he is 85 of 343 (.248 avg, .640 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 5 homers, 43 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The addition of Jonathan Lucroy cost Holaday his job with the Rangers. He shouldn’t have a hard time finding a new job and he might not clear waivers.
UPDATE: (8/5/2016) – The Rangers have lost Bryan Holaday on waivers to the Boston Red Sox.
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.