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 have released 35-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton. Hamilton has missed the entire 2016 season due to surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his knee and he had a total ACL reconstruction. Hamilton played in 697 games in his six years with the Rangers and he was 814 of 2,697 (.302 avg, .901 OPS) with 441 runs scored, 150 homers, 531 RBIs and 40 stolen bases. He also played in 39 games in the playoffs for the Rangers in which he was 33 of 150 (.220 avg) with 18 runs scored, 6 homers, 22 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Hamilton was a All-Star five years in a row for the Rangers (2008-2012). He also won 3 Silver Slugger Awards and he led the American League in RBIs in 2008 with 130 of them! But he had an epic season in 2010 for the Rangers and he was the MVP of the American League! Hamilton played in 133 games for the Rangers in 2010 and he was 186 of 518 (.359 avg, 1.044 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 32 homers, 100 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He led the show in batting average (.359), SLG (.633) and OPS (1.044) in 2010! Hamilton only played six years for the Rangers, but he is still #14 in Rangers’ history with his 150 homers! He is also #29 in games played (697), #9 in batting average (.302), #12 in OBP (.359), #3 in SLG (.542), tied for #3 in OPS (.901), #15 in runs scored (441), #18 in hits (814), #16 in doubles (164), tied for #24 in triples (17), #12 in RBIs (531), #34 in walks (240) and he is tied for #35 in steals (40) in Rangers’ history.
The Texas Rangers have activated 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Derek Holland off of the D.L. Holland will start tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. Holland has pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 5-5 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Holland also pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball on a rehab assignment and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The Rangers hope that Holland can stay healthy the rest of the way in 2016.
Righty swinging Jim Sundberg was a darn good catcher for the Texas Rangers. He played in 1,512 games in his 12 years with the Rangers and he was 1,180 of 4,684 (.252 avg, .675 OPS) with 482 runs scored, 60 homers, 480 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. He was a six time Gold Glove Award winner and he was an All-Star twice with the Rangers. Sundberg was an All-Star in 1978 for the Rangers. He played in 149 games for the Rangers last year and he was 144 of 518 (.278 avg, .739 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 6 homers, 58 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Sundberg is still #3 in games played (1,512) in Rangers’ history. He is also #44 in batting average (.252), #36 in OBP (.330), #13 in runs scored (482), #7 in hits (1,180), #8 in doubles (200), tied for #6 in triples (27), #34 in homers (60), #18 in RBIs (480) and #4 in walks (544) in Rangers’ history.
The Texas Rangers have signed 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league deal. Gomez played in 85 games earlier this year for the Astros and he was 62 of 295 (.210 avg, .594 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 5 homers, 29 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Gomez whiffed 100 times against only 21 walks earlier this year for the Astros, as he looked overmatched at times. Gomez has now played in 1,171 games in his first 10 years in the show and he was 970 of 3,794 (.256 avg, .721 OPS) with 554 runs scored, 108 homers, 429 RBIs and 234 stolen bases. Gomez will start out in AAA-ball for the Rangers, but I have a feeling that he could be called up before rosters expand on September 1st, to make him eligible to play in the playoffs. This was a nice flier for the Rangers to take, as Gomez is a 2-time All Star who has also won a Gold Glove Award.
UPDATE: (8/24/2016) – The Texas Rangers are calling up Carlos Gomez tomorrow and they are going to make him their every day left fielder! Gomez played in 3 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers and he was 4 for 13 (.308 avg, .896 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 double, 1 triple and 2 RBI.
The Texas Rangers have placed 31-year old righty starting pitcher Lucas Harrell on the 15-day disabled list due to a right groin strain. Harrell has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Rangers since they acquired him in a deal with the Braves and he is 1-0 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP. Harrell has now pitched in 9 games (all starts) overall this year for the Braves and Rangers in which he is 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. The Rangers have called up 26-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Martinez to replace Harrell on the pitching staff and most likely the rotation. Martinez has pitched in 7 games (5 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 7.18 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP. He has given up 36 hits (7 homers) and 16 walks while whiffing 10 batters in his first 26 1/3 innings for the Rangers this year, so he has been getting hit really, really hard this year. Martinez has now pitched in 60 games (50 starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 13-22 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
30-year old righty swinging catcher Jonathan Lucroy has hit the ground running for the Texas Rangers. He has played in 13 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 10 for 40 (.250 avg, 1.058 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 6 homers and 11 RBIs. Lucroy has now played in 108 games for the Rangers and Brewers so far this year and he is 111 of 378 (.294 avg, .864 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 19 homers, 61 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Lucroy has been a perfect addition for the Texas Rangers, as he is a great all-around catcher!
The Texas Rangers have signed 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Darin Mastroianni to a minor league deal. Mastroianni played in 7 games earlier this year for the Twins and he was 0 for 9 (.000 avg, .182 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base. He also played in 51 games in AAA-ball for the Twins and he was 46 of 180 (.256 avg, .627 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 0 homers, 15 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Mastroianni has now played in 136 games in his first five years in the show and he is 58 of 282 (.206 avg, .551 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 4 homers, 24 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. He will start his time with the Rangers in AAA-ball.
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.