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Rangers' Jordan Romano: Sent to Texas
The Rangers acquired Romano from the White Sox on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations.
Romano is headed to Texas shortly after being selected with the third pick in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. The 25-year-old righty spent the majority of the 2018 season with Double-A New Hampshire, posting a 4.13 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 125:41 K:BB across 137.1 innings (25 starts). Romano could make some starts for the Rangers given their lack of rotation depth, though he seems more likely to work in a low-leverage role out of the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Chris Ellis: Heads to Texas
Ellis was selected by the Rangers with the seventh pick in the Rule 5 draft.
Texas marks Ellis' fourth organization -- he was most recently shipped from Atlanta to St. Louis in a 2016 trade that sent Jaime Garcia to Atlanta. While most of his minor-league experience has been as a starting pitcher, Ellis' stuff has ticked up out of the bullpen, and he is capable of logging more than one inning at a time. The 26-year-old righty posted a 3.76 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 79 innings at Triple-A. Look for him to be used as a long reliever and spot starter.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Lance Lynn: Signs with Rangers
Lynn signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Lynn should immediately slot in near the top of Texas' lackluster starting rotation. The 31-year-old struggled in 2018 after latching on with the Twins, posting a 5.10 ERA and 1.53 WHIP across 20 starts (102.1 innings) before being traded to the Yankees. He showed improvement after arriving in New York -- 4.14 ERA and 61:14 K:BB across 54.1 innings -- and will look to build off his strong finish to the season in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Danny Santana: Signs minors deal with Rangers
Santana signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
Santana spent the 2018 season with the Braves and had a .567 OPS in 32 plate appearances. The 28-year-old spent the bulk of the season with Triple-A Gwinnett, and had a .264/.294/.497 slash line with 16 home runs in 82 games.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Patrick Wisdom: Headed south
Wisdom was traded from the Cardinals to the Rangers on Tuesday in exchange for Drew Robinson.
Wisdom was no longer needed as corner infield depth in St. Louis following the acquisition of Paul Goldschmidt. The 27-year-old spent the majority of the 2018 season with Triple-A Memphis, hitting .288/.363/.480 with 15 homers and 11 stolen bases across 107 games. He also made his major-league debut, slashing .260/.362/.520 with four homers and a pair of steals across 32 games for the big club. Wisdom currently projects as infield depth for Texas, though he could also compete for a starting job if Jurickson Profar is traded before Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Role expected to expand
New Rangers manager Chris Woodward told TR Sullivan of MLB.com that Leclerc "might be more a two- or three-inning guy, that can pitch some significant innings for us that gives us more a chance to win more games."
Woodward used the word "creative" multiple times to describe how he will approach handling his pitching staff in 2019, and added that he will have to "maximize every guy that we have." Leclerc was excellent after taking over as the Rangers' closer last season, posting a 29:6 K:BB while going 12-for-12 in save opportunities over his final 18 innings (all scoreless). We still like Leclerc's chances of being the primary closer, but he may pitch more in the seventh and eighth, and perhaps even occasionally as an opener, when the situation calls for it.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Carlos Asuaje: Claimed off waivers by Texas
Asuaje was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Asuaje has appeared in 175 games over the last three seasons with the Padres, hitting .240/.312/.329. Those numbers are acceptable enough for a utility infielder but hardly make him a fantasy asset, and the fact that he doesn't play shortstop may make it harder for him to win a bench spot in Texas.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Signs MiLB deal with Texas
Montero (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Montero missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. The 28-year-old is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, though a return date in May or June remains possible. Montero appeared in 34 games for the Mets in 2017 and posted a 5.52 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 114:67 K:BB over 119 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Edinson Volquez: Major-league deal set in motion
Volquez (elbow) signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Rangers on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
The Rangers signed Volquez to a minor-league contract back in February, however, when they added him to the 40-man roster Nov. 20, it triggered an increase in pay. The agreement also includes around $5 million in incentives, per Heyman. Volquez was on the shelf for the 2018 campaign while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but he's expected to be healthy for spring training and should compete for a spot in the starting rotation.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jesse Chavez: Headed back to Texas
Chavez agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
The deal is reportedly worth around $8 million, per Passan. Chavez opened the 2018 season with Texas before being dealt to the Cubs in July. He posted a combined 2.55 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 95.1 innings with both teams, and was especially good after joining Chicago, notching four saves while posting a 1.15 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 42:5 K:BB across 39 innings for the Cubs. While he likely won't dethrone Jose Leclerc as the Rangers' closer, Chavez will be pitching some of the team's highest-leverage innings out of the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Taylor Hearn: Joins 40-man roster
Hearn was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Tuesday.
Hearn was traded from the Pirates to the Rangers at the July trade deadline for Keone Kela and is one of the organization's top pitching prospects, so it's unsurprising to see him protected from the Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old lefty spent the 2018 season at the Double-A level and had a 3.12 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and .198 opponent batting average with Altoona prior to the trade. He subsequently struggled with Frisco, posting a 5.04 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and .284 BAA over 25 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Wei-Chieh Huang: Protected from Rule 5 draft
Huang was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Tuesday.
Huang started the 2018 season at High-A Visalia but was able to earn a promotion to Double-A Jackson. The 25-year-old had a 2.31 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with a 78:23 K:BB across 58.1 innings between Visalia and Jackson, but after being traded from the Diamondbacks to the Rangers, he allowed 14 runs over 20 innings at Double-A Frisco.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Scott Heineman: Joins 40-man roster
Heineman was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Tuesday.
Heineman spent the 2018 season at Triple-A Round Rock -- the Rangers' former affiliate -- and had a .295/.355/.429 slash line with 11 home runs and 16 stolen bases. The 25-year-old should have an opportunity to showcase himself in spring training but could end up at the new Triple-A affiliate in Nashville to start the season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Edinson Volquez: Returns to 40-man roster
Volquez (elbow) was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Tuesday.
Volquez spent the 2018 season rehabbing after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2017 and should be ready to go come spring training. The 35-year-old had a 4.19 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 92.1 innings with the Marlins prior to suffering the UCL injury.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Eddie Butler: Sent to Triple-A
Butler was sent outright to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
Butler was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for minor-league prospects prior to the Rule 5 draft. The 27-year-old made 30 relief appearances between the Cubs and Rangers in 2018, posting a 5.62 ERA and 1.57 WHIP with 29 strikeouts over 49.2 frames.... See More ... See Less
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