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Top Rangers News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Rangers' Ronald Herrera: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Herrera (shoulder) has been sent outright to Triple-A Nashville.

    Herrera was bumped off the 40-man roster to make room for Jack Reinheimer. Herrera didn't see any action in 2018 due to a significant shoulder injury, although he's hopeful to be ready to go for the beginning of spring training.

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  • Rangers' Jack Reinheimer: Snagged by Texas

    Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by the Rangers from the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Reinheimer was picked up by the Cubs in early November off waivers, but he'll change teams yet again. The 26-year-old shortstop appeared in 25 games for the Mets in 2018 and struggled to a .167/.286/.167 slash line with a stolen base and five walks in 30 at-bats.

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  • Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Could replace Beltre at third base

    General manager Jon Daniels said Profar is the likely candidate to step in as the Rangers' everyday third baseman in 2019, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

    Profar played all around the infield in 2018, appearing in more than 10 games at each of the four infield positions. With Adrian Beltre calling it quits, Profar looks primed to spend most of his time at the hot corner in 2019 -- something that could ultimately hurt his multi-position eligibility down the line. The 25-year-old hit .254/.335/.458 with 20 homers and 10 stolen bases in 146 games in 2018.

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Team Statistical Rankings

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