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Saturday morning Rangers things

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Saturday morning Rangers news and links

Good morning, folks...

Elvis Andrus is focused on improving after a down 2019 season, and has gotten feedback from Michael Young and Adrian Beltre on how to bounce back as he gets older.

T.R. Sullivan has an Inbox column where he, among other things, addresses the Nicholas Castellanos pursuit and says the Texas Rangers are interested in him as a first baseman.

Rangers players offered some thoughts on the Astros...

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LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #29 RUNOFF

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We have a runoff for the #29 spot in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings

We have a runoff for the #29 spot in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings between Ryan Garcia and Heriberto Hernandez.

Of these two, who is the #29 prospect in the Rangers system right now?

Cast your vote below...

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Baseball America’s Texas Rangers top 10 prospects

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Baseball America has a fresh top 10 Texas Rangers prospects list

Baseball America has released their list of the top 10 prospects in the Texas Rangers system and they are especially high on some of the latest international signings.

2019 first round pick Josh Jung is No. 1 in the rankings at BA but the biggest takeaway is the inclusion of 2019 J2 signees Maximo Acosta at No. 5 and Bayron Lora at No. 9 with 2018 signee Luisangel Acuna at No. 8. Pitcher...

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Friday Morning Links

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Three apple tall Astro Jose Altuve is at the center of the new rumors about the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, with allegations that he and Alex Bregman wore a sort of buzzing device under their uniform to receive information about upcoming pitches.

Stefan Stevenson also has a roundup from around the league of reactions to the fallout (thus far) from the sign stealing saga.

T.R. Sullivan reviews Wednesday’s press conference and quotes Jon Daniels...

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Beltran out as Mets manager

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Carlos Beltran, a central figure in the Houston Astros cheating scandal, is stepping down, per reports

Carlos Beltran is out as the New York Mets manager, per multiple reports, with Beltran reportedly offering to step down due to his involvement in the Houston Astros cheating scandal.

Beltran was exempted from punishment for his role as one of the ringleaders in the Houston Astros’ 2017 scheme to use live video in an effort to relay signs in real time...

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Buck Showalter, John Gibbons interview with Astros

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The Houston Astros have reportedly interviewed a pair of veteran managers this week

The Houston Astros are interviewing veteran major league (former) managers Buck Showalter and John Gibbons, per reports. Showalter was, reportedly, interviewed yesterday, and Gibbons is interviewing today.

The Astros are, as you all know, looking to replace their manager, A.J. Hinch, who was fired after being suspended for a season for his role in the Astros sign stealing...

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Thursday morning Rangers things

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Thursday morning Rangers news and links

Good morning, folks...apparently, I’m doing the links again today...

Well, it is official...Todd Frazier and Robinson Chirinos are now members of the Texas Rangers Professional Base Ball Club.

Jon Daniels acknowledged yesterday that not picking up the option on Chirinos last year was a mistake.

Chris Woodward and Jon Daniels talked yesterday about the Houston Astros cheating scandal and the temptations involved with...

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LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #29

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Congratulations to Jason Bahr, who has won the voting to be named the #28 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings...

Congratulations to Jason Bahr, who won the voting to be named the #28 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings...

Our list so far:

1 — Leody Taveras

2 — Josh Jung

3 — Nick Solak

4 — Hans Crouse

5 — Sam Huff

6 — Sherten Apostel

7 — Joe Palumbo

8 — Kolby Allard

9 — Cole Winn

10 —...

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Jeff Banister on Houston Astros manager list

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The Astros early list for candidates to replace the suspended and fired A.J. Hinch includes former Rangers manager Jeff Banister

Houston Astros rumors: Jeff Banister, the former Texas Rangers manager who led the team to American League West division titles in 2015 and 2016, is on the early list of candidates to replace A.J. Hinch, per Brian McTaggert. Hinch, along with general manager Jeff Luhnow, was fired this week after being suspended for a year by MLB...

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Rangers reportedly targeting Nicholas Castellanos

After posting their third straight losing season in 2019, the Rangers have been active in upgrading their roster this winter. They don’t appear to be done, as they continue to be connected to free-agent outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Nicholas Castellanos in the rumor mill. Now that third baseman Josh Donaldson has joined the rest of this offseason’s class of elite free agents in coming off the market, Ozuna and Castellanos stand as the top two players on the board. In Texas’ case, it...

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Jeffrey Springs traded for Sam Travis

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The Rangers have traded relief pitcher Jeffrey Springs to the Red Sox for first baseman Sam Travis

Texas Rangers transactions: Jeffrey Springs has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for first baseman Sam Travis, the Rangers announced today. Springs had been designated for assignment earlier today, and Travis was outrighted off the Boston 40 man roster last week, so this doesn’t impact the Rangers’ 40 man roster.

As we noted earlier today when Springs was...

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Red Sox trade Sam Travis to Rangers for Jeffrey Springs

The Rangers have acquired first baseman Sam Travis from the Red Sox in exchange for left-hander Jeffrey Springs, the teams announced. Boston has designated left-hander Bobby Poyner to make room on the 40-man roster. Both Travis and Springs were recently designated for assignment, though Travis had already cleared waivers and been outrighted off Boston’s 40-man roster. Springs, meanwhile, was only designated earlier Wednesday. The Rangers will now pick up Travis’ rights without needing...

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Rangers sign Frazier, Chirinos, DFA Bird, Springs

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The Rangers have officially signed free agents Todd Frazier and Robinson Chirinos

Texas Rangers transactions: Todd Frazier and Robinson Chirinos were officially signed by the Texas Rangers today. To make room for them on the 40 man roster, the Rangers designated lefthanded relief pitchers Kyle Bird and Jeffrey Springs for assignment.

The fact that Frazier and Chirinos were signed is no surprise, as the deal for Frazier was...

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Looking Back: 2019 Rangers Infield

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Reviewing the infield for last year’s Rangers team

First, I’d like to apologize for the infield roster breakdown in which I put “projected OPS” when I meant OBP and used OBP numbers. I fixed that in this post but I see how that was probably extremely confusing. Anyway, on to looking at the 2019 Rangers infield.

C Jeff Mathis

When the Rangers got Mathis, the front office admitted it wasn’t about his offense but about his value as a mentor for the...

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LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #28

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Congratulations to Osleivis Basabe, who has won the voting to be named the #27 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings...

Congratulations to Demarcus Evans, who won the voting to be named the #26 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings...

Our list so far:

1 — Leody Taveras

2 — Josh Jung

3 — Nick Solak

4 — Hans Crouse

5 — Sam Huff

6 — Sherten Apostel

7 — Joe Palumbo

8 — Kolby Allard

9 — Cole...

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Wednesday morning Rangers things

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Wednesday morning Rangers news and links

Good morning, folks...

Evan Grant writes that MLB has to face the fact that its rules in regards to cheating, and the development in technology in recent years, have made it too easy to break the rules.

Mike Minor threw shade at Pete Abraham on Twitter after Alex Cora was fired, in a callback to Abraham criticizing the way Minor picked up his 200th strikeout of the 2019 season.

Folks in Abilene got a visit...

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Boston Red Sox fire Alex Cora

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora has been fired for his role in the Houston Astros cheating scandal

The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora, it was announced today. Cora was a bench coach for the 2017 Houston Astros, and in the report issued yesterday by MLB, he was singled out as a ringleader in the scheme implemented by Houston Astros players to illegally steals signs. MLB announced punishments yesterday for the Astros, which included year long...

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Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins agree to 4 year deal

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Josh Donaldson and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms on a four year deal, per reports

Josh Donaldson and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms on a 4 year, $92 million deal with a fifth year option with a buyout that could make the entire deal worth $100 million, per multiple reports.

Donaldson, 34, was one of the best players in baseball from 2013 through 2016, then had a very good 2017 followed by an injury-prone 2018. He...

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Passan throws cold water on Arenado trade talk

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Jeff Passan says everyone needs to slow their “Arenado to Cardinals” roll

MLB Trade Rumors: Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals from the Colorado Rockies has been a hot rumor of late, even if it seems to be primarily pushed by one particular national writer.

Jeff Passan, however, threw some cold water on the fevered speculation (“the Cards got Matt Liberatore because he’s going to the Rockies in an Arenado trade!”)...

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Anaheim Angels acquire Matt Andriese

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Diamondbacks reliever Matt Andriese has been acquired by the Anaheim Angels for prospects

The Anaheim Angels have acquired righthanded reliever Matt Andriese from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitching prospect Jeremy Beasley, per multiple reports.

The Angels are currently fairly desperate for pitching help to supplement what should be a potent lineup, though Andriese hasn’t done much since a 1.1 bWAR season in 2016 for the Rays, and has a career 4.58...

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