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Team W-L L10 STRK
HOU 103-59 8-2 L1
OAK 97-65 6-4 L1
SEA 89-73 5-5 W3
LAA 80-82 5-5 W1
TEX 67-95 3-7 L3

Top Rangers News

  • Rangers' Jeff Mathis: Inks deal with Texas

    Mathis has agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Mathis spent the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, although he appeared in just 129 games over that span. He's certainly experienced struggles at the dish of late (.200/.272/.272 slash line last season) but adds value behind the plate. Mathis figures to have shot to win the backup job behind Isiah Kiner-Falefa in spring training.

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  • Rangers' Walker Weickel: Inks minors deal with Rangers

    Weickel signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

    Weickel spent the majority of the 2018 season repeating High-A, posting a 4.92 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 19 starts (100.2 innings) for the Down East Wood Ducks before earning a promotion to Double-A Frisco. The 25-year-old posted a 3.46 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 6:4 K:BB in 13 innings during his first taste of Double-A.

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  • Rangers' Jett Bandy: Agrees to minor-league deal

    Bandy signed a one-year minor-league contract with Texas on Thursday, Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Bandy will provide some extra organizational depth for the Rangers after spending the past two seasons in Milwaukee's system. In 2018, he only played in 24 big-league games -- down from 60 the year before and 70 with the Angels in 2016 -- hitting just .188/.268/.266 with one home run and 23 strikeouts in 71 plate appearances. His numbers were much better at the Triple-A level, though that shouldn't come as a surprise considering Milwaukee's minor-league club was stationed at hitter-friendly Colorado Springs. Considering the Rangers only have Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jose Trevino as catchers on the 40-man roster, adding Bandy to the mix makes sense.

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  • Rangers' Julio Pablo Martinez: Removed from AFL

    Martinez was removed from the Arizona Fall League due to right abductor tightness, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

    Fortunately, the Rangers are calling his removal precautionary, so it doesn't sound like the issue will affect his status for the start of spring training. Martinez was hitting an impressive .327/.397/.519 with one homer and four stolen bases across 13 games with the Surprise Saguaros prior to suffering the injury. The 22-year-old, who signed with the Rangers out of Cuba in April, figures to open the 2019 campaign at a full-season affiliate.

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  • Rangers' Ryan Rua: Outrighted to minors

    Rua was outrighted from the Rangers' 40-man roster Friday and is expected to elect free agency.

    Rua was drafted by Texas in 2011 and has spent parts of the past five seasons playing for the Rangers at the major-league level. He hit just .194/.221/.360 with 12 RBI in 61 games for the club in 2018. Wherever the 28-year-old winds up, he will likely serve as organizational depth next season.

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  • Rangers' Carlos Perez: Likely headed for free agency

    Perez was outrighted from the Rangers' 40-man roster Friday and is expected to elect free agency instead of accepting a minor-league assignment.

    Perez spent a majority of the 2018 campaign with Texas after being designated for assignment by Atlanta in late April. In total, he played in 28 games, slashing just .143/.178/.214 with three RBI in 75 plate appearances. The 28-year-old will likely be on the look for a new home this winter.

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  • Rangers' Brandon Mann: Cast off 40-man roster

    Mann was outrighted from the Rangers' 40-man roster Friday and is expected to choose free agency.

    Mann got his first taste of the majors this past year, pitching in seven games for the Rangers as a low-leverage bullpen arm. The 34-year-old left-hander will likely head to the free-agent market in hopes of finding an organization that will give him a chance to make the Opening Day roster in 2019.

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  • Rangers' Clayton Blackburn: Outrighted to Round Rock

    Blackburn (elbow) was outrighted from the 40-man roster Friday and is expected to elect free agency.

    Blackburn missed the entirety of the 2018 season after suffering a strained UCL in March. He wound up undergoing Tommy John surgery in early April, which means that he likely won't be fully healed by the time spring training rolls around.

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  • Rangers' Austin Bibens-Dirkx: Outrighted from 40-man roster

    Bibens-Dirkx was outrighted from the Rangers' 40-man roster Friday and is expected to elect free agency.

    The club also removed Clayton Blackburn, Brandon Mann, Carlos Perez and Ryan Rua from the 40-man roster, clearing up a few spots for younger prospects to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. Bibens-Dirkx underwent left knee surgery to repair partially torn cartilage in mid-September, though he's expected to be ready for spring training.

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  • Rangers' Drew Smyly: Traded to Rangers

    The Rangers acquired Smyly (elbow) from the Cubs on Friday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

    Smyly hasn't pitched in game action since the World Baseball Classic prior to the 2017 season, having undergone Tommy John surgery that July. The Cubs free up some money -- Smyly is set to make $7 million in 2019 -- to help offset Cole Hamels' option for next season. The Rangers' pitching situation is wide open, but it's nearly impossible to predict Smyly's role or workload given his extensive layoff.

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  • Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Not planning to opt out

    Andrus will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with the Rangers this offseason, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.

    The shortstop has until Wednesday to inform the Rangers of his decision, but this seems like a no-brainer. Andrus is coming off a down year and has $58 million remaining on his contract. He missed more than two months after suffering a right elbow fracture in April, and the power simply never returned.

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  • Rangers' Cole Ragans: Throws from 105 feet

    Ragans (elbow) threw from 105 feet Tuesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Ragans, who underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of March, is progressing well in his recovery. He's hoping to throw from out to 120 feet before being shut down for the offseason. Seeing as the procedure typically carries a 12-to-14 month recovery timetable, Ragans likely won't return to game action until the middle of the 2019 campaign.

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  • Rangers' Chris Seise: Expected to be ready for spring training

    Seise (shoulder) said he expects to be healthy by the start of spring training, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. "I should be ready for spring training," Seise said. "I should be ready before that, actually."

    The 2017 first-round pick appears to be on track in his recovery from shoulder surgery that he underwent back in May. Seise has been taking grounders and recently received clearance to resume hitting and lifting weights. He's also throwing out to 90 feet. The 19-year-old hit .284/.330/.400 across 51 games in his first taste of pro ball in 2017.

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  • Rangers' Nomar Mazara: Won't require surgery

    Mazara will not require surgery on his right thumb, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Mazara dealt with a thumb injury for much of the second half of the season, which is reflected in his .221/.277/.397 line over that 37-games stretch. The outfielder was examined by a specialist Tuesday, who confirmed his thumb is fully stable and won't require any additional treatment at this time. Mazara will allow the swelling in his thumb to subside over the next few weeks before getting into an offseason program. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of spring training.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .240
(23rd)
737
(14th)
194
(28th)
4.92
(28th)