Tag:Dustin Nippert
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:28 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am
 

Russell Martin among those non-tendered

The deadline to tender contracts was Thursday night at 11:59 p.m., and here's the players who were not tendered contracts and are now free agents:

A's: Edwin Encarnacion, Jack Cust, Travis Buck

Angels: Kevin Frandsen

Astros: Sammy Gervacio

Blue Jays: Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis

Braves: Matt Diaz

Brewers: Todd Coffey, Joe Inglett

Diamondbacks: Blaine Boyer, Ryan Church, Augie Ojeda, D.J. Carrasco

Dodgers: Russell Martin, George Sherrill, Trent Oeltjen

Giants: Eugenio Velez, Chris Ray

Mariners: Ryan Rowland-Smith

Marlins: Jose Veras, Ronny Paulino

Mets: Chris Carter, Sean Green, John Maine

Nationals: Wil Nieves, Joel Peralta, Chein-Ming Wang

Orioles: Matt Albers

Padres: Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr., Luis Perdomo, Matt Antonelli

Pirates: Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donnie Veal, Brian Burres

Rangers: Dustin Nippert

Rays: Lance Cormier, Willy Aybar, Dioner Navarro, J.P. Howell

Red Sox: Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Andrew Miller

Rockies: Manny Delcarmen

Royals: Josh Fields

Tigers: Zach Miner

White Sox: Bobby Jenks, Erick Threets

Yankees: Alfredo Aceves, Dustin Mosley

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 8:29 pm
 

Rangers make relief switch for World Series

The Texas Rangers, fresh off having used four left-handed relievers to vanquish the Yankees, have removed Clay Rapada and added righty Mark Lowe.

Rapada made three appearances in the ALCS, but was only able to get one out while allowing a hit and a walk in his other appearances. That performance was apparently enough to boot him instead of Michael Kirkman, who made one appearance but went two innings, walking two.

The newest addition, Mark Lowe, has only thrown three innings for the Rangers after being acquired along with Cliff Lee from the Mariners. Lowe came to town with an injury that he needed to rehab and made three appearances as the season ended.

Lowe was chosen over Dustin Nippert to help combat San Francisco's righty-heavy lineup. The 27-year-old has had varying success to date in his big-league career, but did cobble together a 3.26 ERA in 2009 with 80 innings pitched.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:14 pm
 

Rangers haven't set roster

The Rangers won't announce their 25-man roster for the World Series until tomorrow's deadline. The team did the same thing before the first two postseason series.

There won't be much of a surprise, as Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports 24 of the spots are set (including backup first baseman Jorge Cantu). The only question is the last bullpen spot. The Rangers will likely drop a left-hander -- either Clay Rapada or Michael Kirkman -- and add a right-hander, either Dustin Nippert or Mark Lowe.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:50 pm
 

Rangers announce rotation

Tommy Hunter And we've got our rotations set for the World Series, as Rangers manager Ron Washington met with the media at the team hotel on Monday.

Game 1: Tim Linecum vs. Cliff Lee
Game 2: Matt Cain vs. C.J. Wilson
Game 3: Jonathan Sanchez vs. Colby Lewis
Game 4: Madison Bumgarner vs. Tommy Hunter (pictured)

However, Washington said the rotation could change, meaning Hunter's slot isn't secure if things aren't going Texas' way when Game 4 rolls around.

In other notes (thanks to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ):

• The team's bullpen hasn't been set, and the team is considering leaving a left-hander off the roster and adding a right-hander, possibly Dustin Nippert or Mark Lowe. The team added extra left-handers to face the Phillies' heavily left-handed lineup.

Vladimir Guerrero will start in Game 1 in right field, and could also start the second game. David Murphy would start if Guerrero sits.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:49 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:10 am
 

Rangers add two left-handed relievers to roster

The Rangers have made two changes to the roster for the ALCS. Being bumped is infielder Esteban German along with right-handed reliever Dustin Nippert as MLB.com relays.

Michael Kirkman In place of German and Nippert, lefties Michael Kirkman (photo right) and Clay Rapada have joined the squad. The move to bring in more lefty relief isn't surprising, as the Yankees have countless lefties and/or switch-hitters up and down the lineup that bringing in a lefty would help neutralize.

German isn't needed as the last man off the bench and only collected 16 plate appearances for the Ranger on the year. He received a spot ahead of Andres Blanco and Joaquin Arias.

Also bounced from the roster is Nippert. Used primarily in relief but with the ability to go long or make a spot start, the 29-year-old posted a 4.29 ERA in 56 2/3 innings. He has some control problems, but was still a strong part of the bullpen. However, given the three-deep setup corps of Darren O'Day, Darren Oliver, and Alex Ogando, Texas could afford to bounce Nippert in favor of a left-hander.

Both Kirkman and Rapada don't have a lot of major-league time, which just goes to show you how important pitching from the south side against the Yankees can be. Kirkman, 23, pitched 16 1/3 innings for Texas and had a sterling 1.65 ERA although he walked 10, also whiffing 16. He hasn't given up a home run, so that 1.65 ERA is incredibly misleading despite his clear advantage when it comes to racking up strikeouts.

Kirkman is a starter, and pitched in that capacity for Triple-A the entire year. He had a 3.09 ERA in 131 total innings, striking out 130 but tacking on 68 walks. Command may be an issue in October.

Clay Rapada Rapada (photo right) spent his first season with the Rangers in Triple A after being acquired from the Tigers. He did contribute nine innings to Texas, striking out five, but walking seven and giving up four runs. His ERA was 1.82 in the minors over 59 1/3 innings, walking 21 and whiffing 61.

Neither Kirkman or Rapada are ideal choices for a postseason spot. After all, there's a reason the two spent the majority in Triple-A. Given who the Rangers are up against, however, it was the right choice.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 12, 2010 1:22 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2010 5:21 pm
 

Ogando on way for Rangers?


Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the Rangers will neither confirm nor deny reports that right-hander Alexi Ogando has been sent to join the team in Milwaukee.

Ogando, a 26-year-old Dominican, was one of 30 players banned from the U.S. for five years due to involvement in a visa scam. He and fellow Rangers prospect Omar Beltre are the only ones who have been allowed back into the country.

Reliever Ogando is a major talent, with a 2.05 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 30 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. It's not clear whose spot he would take on the roster, but Grant speculates that the Rangers might put struggling starter Rich Harden on the disabled list. Dustin Nippert or Matt Harrison could spot start with Harden gone.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Move now official, Ogando up and Harden to DL.

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