The Texas Rangers have turned down their $11 million dollar option for the 2017 season on 30-year old lefty starting pitcher Derek Holland, so they will pay him a $1.5 million buyout instead. Holland pitched in 22 games (20 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 7-9 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He gave up 116 hits (15 homers) and 35 walks while whiffing 67 batters in his 107 1/3 innings for the Rangers last year. Holland pitched in 179 games (158 starts) in his 8 years with the Rangers and he was 62-50 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Holland is #9 in Rangers’ history with his 62 wins! He is also #27 in ERA (4.35), #15 in WHIP (1.33), #32 in games pitched (179), #8 in games started (158), tied for #44 in complete games (8), tied for #6 in shutouts (8), #10 in innings pitched (985) and he is #8 in strikeouts (790) in Rangers’ history. If Holland didn’t have so many injuries the last couple of years, the Rangers might have picked up his option. That being said, Holland shouldn’t have too hard of a problem finding a new team, as the free agent market is pretty thin in the starting pitcher department.
The Texas Rangers have picked up the 2017 option on 30-year old righty swinging catcher Jonathan Lucroy, valued at $5.25 million bucks. Lucroy played in 47 games for the Rangers after the trade from the Brewers, and he was 42 of 152 (.276 avg, .885 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 11 homers and 31 RBI. Lucroy played in 142 games overall for the Rangers and Brewers last year in which he was 143 of 490 (.292 avg, .855 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 24 homers, 81 RBI and 5 stolen bases. He was an All-Star for the second time in his career in 2016 for the Brewers. Lucroy has now played in 852 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 848 of 2,990 (.284 avg, .784 OPS) with 365 runs scored, 90 homers, 418 RBI and 29 stolen bases. Lucroy is really going to help stabilize the lineup and the pitching staff in 2017!
The Texas Rangers have claimed 25-year old righty starting pitcher Adrian Sampson off waivers from the Seattle Mariners and they have placed him on the 60-day disabled list. He had surgery last June, so he will likely miss the start of the 2017 season. He pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Mariners (it was his Major League debut last year) last year and he was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP. Sampson also pitched in 13 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Mariners last year in which he was 7-4 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He gave up 81 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 61 batters in 80 1/3 innings in the minors last year. This is just the case of the Rangers taking a flier on a young guy that pitched pretty well in AAA-ball last year.
UPDATE: (11/21/2016) – The Rangers have designated Adrian Sampson for assignment.
31-year old righty starting pitcher Lucas Harrell has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Texas Rangers, so he will become a free agent this winter. Harrell pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Rangers after coming over in a deal with the Braves and he was 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP. Harrell pitched in 9 games (all starts) overall last year for the Braves and the Rangers in which he was 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Rangers moving forward.
The Texas Rangers have re-signed 36-year old righty swinging infielder Doug Bernier to a minor league deal. Bernier played in 120 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers last year and he was 114 of 414 (.275 avg, .760 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 10 homers, 47 RBI and 7 stolen bases. He has played in 46 games in his first four years in the show and he is 15 of 69 (.217 avg, .609 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBI and 2 stolen bases. This was a depth signing and little more, as the Rangers didn’t call up Bernier in 2016.
28-year old righty reliever Shawn Tolleson has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Texas Rangers, so he will become a free agent this winter. He pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 2-2 with 11 saves, a 7.68 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. He gave up 53 hits (8 homers) and 10 walks while whiffing 29 batters in 36 1/3 innings for the Rangers last year, as he was a mess. Tolleson pitched in 174 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Rangers and he was 11-7 with 46 saves, a 3.84 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Tolleson finished 10th in the voting for the A.L. Cy Young Award in 2015. He also pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rangers in the playoffs and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.33 WHIP. Tolleson leaves the Rangers #10 in saves (46) and #37 in games pitched (174) in franchise history! Maybe Tolleson will benefit from a change of scenery this winter.
The Texas Rangers are going to pick up the 2017 option valued at $5.25 million bucks for 30-year old righty swinging catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the near future. That was a no brainer based on what the Rangers traded to get him. Lucroy played in 47 games for the Rangers during the regular season and he was 42 of 152 (.276 avg, .885 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 11 homers and 31 RBI. He also played in 3 games in the playoffs for the Rangers in which he was 1 for 12 (.083 avg, .167 OPS) with 1 run scored. Lucroy played in 142 games overall this year for the Rangers and Brewers in which he was 143 of 490 (.292 avg, .855 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 24 homers, 81 RBI and 5 stolen bases. He made it to the All-Star Team for the second time in his career in 2016. Lucroy has now played in 852 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 848 of 2,990 (.284 avg, .784 OPS) with 365 runs scored, 90 homers, 418 RBI and 29 stolen bases. Lucroy should really help the Rangers’ offense and pitching staff in 2017!
The Texas Rangers got pushed around and swept by the Toronto Blue Jays, as they were outscored 22-10 in this series! Elvis Andrus led the way for the Rangers’ offensively in this series as he was 4 for 11 (.364 avg, 1.182 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 triple, 1 homer and 1 RBI! Mitch Moreland had a solid series as he was 2 for 8 (.250 avg, .833 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 2 RBI. Rougned Odor was only 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .833 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI. Ryan Rua only played in 1 game in this series, but he was 2 for 3 (.667 avg, 1.333 OPS).
Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy were hired guns that the Rangers acquired late in the year and they went a combined 5 for 36 (.139 avg) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base. Ian Desmond was 3 for 14 (.214 avg, 500 OPS) with a double and 2 RBI. Adrian Beltre also had a rough time as he was 2 for 11 (.182 avg, .523 OPS) with a double and a run scored. Nomar Mazara and Shin-Soo Choo shared right field in this series and they were a combined 1 for 9 (.111 avg) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. The Rangers were a combined 21 of 103 (.204 avg, .575 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBI and 1 stolen base in this series. They also walked 7 times while whiffing 22 times.
The Rangers thought they were set up well in the starting rotation, but boy were they wrong! Cole Hamels was 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP in this series. Yu Darvish was better, but still far from good, as he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Colby Lewis didn’t get a decision, but he certainly pitched awful enough to be a losing pitcher! He was 0-0 with a 22.50 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP. The Rangers’ starting pitchers in this series were a combined 0-2 with a 13.94 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP.
The Rangers’ bullpen were much better than their starting pitchers. Lefty Alex Claudio pitched in 2 games for the Rangers in this series and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He worked 5 shutout innings in which he gave up 3 hits and 3 walks without whiffing any batters. Righty Matt Bush worked in 2 games and he was 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. Bush worked 3 2/3 innings in which he gave up 1 hit, 2 walks, 1 run (it was unearned) and he whiffed 6 batters. Righty Tony Barnette worked in all 3 games in this series and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP. He gave up 3 hits and 0 walks in 4 shutout innings while whiffing 1 batter. The Rangers’ bullpen were a combined 0-1 with a 1.56 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. The Rangers’ pitching staff overall were a combined 0-3 with a 6.18 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP in this series.
The Texas Rangers made a nice comeback yesterday in Toronto, until Josh Donaldson scored from second base on an error on a throw to 1B by 2B Rougned Odor that would have gotten them out of the 10th inning tied at 6. Colby Lewis got destroyed by the Blue Jays’ hitters as he only lasted 2 innings in which he gave up 5 hits, 6 runs (all earned) and 0 walks while whiffing 2 batters. Two of the hits Lewis gave up were homers (Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin). Tony Barnette, Alex Claudio, Jeremy Jeffress, Jake Diekman and Keone Kela combined to work 5 innings in which they gave up 4 hits, 3 walks, 1 unearned run and whiffed 2 batters to keep the Rangers in the game. Matt Bush worked the last 2 2/3 innings in which he gave up 1 hit, 1 walk and whiffed 5 while giving up the unearned run that made him the losing pitcher in the Rangers’ last game of the year.
The Rangers amazingly scored 6 runs despite only having 4 hits last night in Toronto! Rougned Odor led the way for the Rangers’ offensively as he was 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored, a homer and 2 RBI. Mitch Moreland (1 for 3 with a walk, a double and 2 RBI), Elvis Andrus (1 for 4 with a solo homer) and Jonathan Lucroy (1 for 4 with 1 run scored) also pitched in offensively for the Rangers in this game. The Rangers were a combined 4 of 34 (.118 avg) with 4 walks and 9 whiffs. The Rangers got swept in three games by the Toronto Blue Jays in the A.L.D.S.
The Texas Rangers went 13 of 40 (.325 avg) with 3 walks and 7 whiffs, but they could only muster 3 runs today. That’s not going to cut it when your starting pitcher (Yu Darvish) gives up four homers! Ian Desmond led the way offensively for the Rangers today as he went 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI. Carlos Gomez (2 for 5 with 1 RBI) and Ryan Rua (2 for 3) also had solid games today at the plate for the Rangers. Adrian Beltre (1 for 4 with a double and a walk), Mitch Moreland (1 for 2 with a double and a run scored) and Nomar Mazara (1 for 3 with 1 run scored) also pitched in at the plate for the Rangers. The Toronto Blue Jays blasted Yu Darvish today, as he worked 5 innings in which he gave up 5 hits (4 homers), 5 runs (all earned) and he walked 1 batter while whiffing 4. He was the losing pitcher! Tony Barnette, Matt Bush and Sam Dyson combined to throw 4 shutout innings while allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk while whiffing 3 batters to keep the Rangers in the game. The Rangers are now down 2-0 in this series as it shifts to Toronto.