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Saturday, August 29, 2015

With Mariners looking for a new GM, could Rangers lose Thad Levine? | | Dallas Morning News

Cold.

The Seattle Mariners on Friday fired GM Jack Zduriencik, which is bad news for the Rangers on two fronts.

First, it means that the Rangers won’t be able to count on Zduriencik fielding a flawed team on an annual basis.

Second, it means that another GM’s job has opened that might be a fit for talented Thad Levine, who was Jon Daniels’ first hire when he became GM and who has been a critical, but low-key, member of the Rangers’ inner circle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mariners, rangers, thad levine

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Grant: Adrian Beltre shows rarely seen part of self as he becomes all-time games played leader among Dominicans | Dallas Morning News

When Beltre was informed about 10 days ago that he was closing in on Julio Franco’s record of 2,527 games set over three decades, but seemed more like two centuries, he stopped the frown show for just a moment. He may have even let a small smile start to crack at the corner of his lips.

The moment arrives Sunday at Detroit when Beltre is expected to play in game No. 2,528 of his career over the course of an 18-year career that keeps adding Hall of Fame credentials almost by the week. Even this year, in what has been mostly a down season offensively, Beltre surpassed 400 homers to become just the sixth player in history to reach 400 homers and 500 doubles before his 37th birthday. He passed Graig Nettles for second place to Brooks Robinson for most games at third base. He has passed 2,700 hits. Before the season is over, he’ll likely have 1,000 extra base hits.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Texas Rangers will send Josh Hamilton for MRI on knee | | Dallas Morning News

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, dealing with renewed soreness in his chronically sore left knee, will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday to determine if he’s dealing with something more debilitating.

Hamilton has had two surgeries on each knee and regularly receives injections of synthetic lubricating fluid to ease the strain on the knees caused by the removal of some cartilage.

“I’m not sure,” Hamilton said Thursday when asked if he was concerned. “This feels a little more uncomfortable than usual. I’m not sure if it’s worse.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, josh hamilton, rangers

Friday, August 07, 2015

Red Sox trade first baseman Mike Napoli to Rangers

It didn’t even require Frank Francisco this time around.

First baseman Mike Napoli, who on multiple occasions expressed hope he could stay in Boston, was traded by the Red Sox to the Texas Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal Friday, the teams announced.

The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash in the trade.

Napoli played two seasons with the Rangers, in 2011 and ‘12, before joining the Red Sox as a free agent in the ensuing offseason….

Napoli has struggled mightily at the plate this season. On July 22, he was batting only .198. But in 14 games since, he’s posted a .957 OPS with six doubles and three home runs, raising his overall average to .207.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 11:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers, red sox, trade

Monday, August 03, 2015

Grant: Jeff Banister on why he pulled Martin Perez, went with bullpen with AL’s highest ERA in close game | Dallas Morning News

Jeff Banister discusses his thoughts on pulling Martin Perez.

What Banister was witnessing was a bit different. Banister subscribes to the theory that not all pitches are the same. Pitches in the first aren’t thrown with as much stress as pitches in the seventh and later. Pitches in the ninth of a close game against an elite team, when facing the lineup the fourth time through, are ramped in stress level significantly.

When Banister saw a changeup that stayed up and over the plate to Angel Pagan and the hitter drove it in the gap in left center, the manager didn’t hesitate.

“He did as good a job as anybody has done for us all year,” Banister said. “But at that point, we are going to let those guys in the bullpen do their job.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff banister, rangers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Keith Law - ESPN (Insider) - Phillies effectively reload their farm system with Cole Hamels deal

Here is Law’s overall assessment of the deal.

Ultimately, the Phillies got two highly regarded but flawed position player prospects, a high-probability starting pitching prospect who has a chance to be a solid No. 3, and a pair of depth arms. That’s a good mixture of quantity and quality for Hamels, exactly what they should have tried to get in this franchise-altering opportunity.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers

Rangers Get a New Ace in Cole Hamels

I picked the wrong night to go to bed early.

Was this haul really worth waiting for? Don’t get me wrong but, although they got a lot of bodies, I’m not sure they got the really high-upside guy they were holding out for. Williams has been pretty good in Double A but he’s just OK. Alfaro, despite his placement on prospect lists, looks overrated to me. Thompson is the best pitcher of the lot and he grades out as a middle of the rotation guy, at best. Time will tell, of course.

After months of rumors, Phillies ace Cole Hamels has reportedly been traded to the Rangers in an eight-player deal.  The Rangers acquired Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman, and $9.5MM in cash for veteran lefty Matt Harrison, pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, and Jerad Eickhoff, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, and outfield prospect Nick Williams.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top 10 Fantasy Prospects: Conforto Coming? - BaseballAmerica.com

1. Michael Conforto, of, Mets

Update: Conforto raked at high Class A St. Lucie and has been even better since a promotion to Double-A Binghamton, slashing .317/.401/.518 in 43 games.

Prognosis: Drafted No. 10 overall just a year ago out of Oregon State, Conforto is forcing the Mets’ hand into considering a callup quicker than they would like. An inept offense and an injury to Michael Cuddyer have Conforto on the precipice of a major league stint and scouts believe his lefthanded bat and power to all fields will play.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, dodgers, mets, prospects, rangers, yankees

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fraley: How Angels became team to beat for Rangers entering second half | Dallas Morning News

Big midseason series.

The Rangers start the second half with a demanding nine-game trip.

They begin with three games against Houston. The Astros led the American League West for 88 days in the first half.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rangers

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Texas Rangers sign Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez

The Rangers have agreed to terms with 22-year-old Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez, who was ranked as high as the No. 8 prospect in Cuba by Baseball America last year.

t fall and was granted free agency in February. Because of age and experience, Ibanez was subject to the rules of international bonus pools, which severely limited his negotiating ability.

Few teams had any money left in their 2014-15 budgets when he was made a free agent. The Rangers had a $4.6 million budget entering this signing period before obtaining nearly $900,000 in extra international signing bonus money in a minor league trade with the Los Angeles Angels last week.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andy ibanez, cuban free agents, rangers

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Fraley: Nearly two years out of baseball, Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar facing tough road to recovery | Dallas Morning News

It doesn’t sound like his return is a sure thing.

Profar, who was not available for comment, is going through daily rehabilitation sessions at the Arlington clinic of team physician Dr. Keith Meister. He undergoes an MRI test about every four weeks and advances if the result is good. Daniels said the club is looking for ways to keep Profar engaged and avoid discouragement about his situation.

“Ultimately, it is extremely tough on these guys when they’re away,” Daniels said. “You try to keep them grounded as much as possible, but the waiting is a challenge.”

When Profar returns, he will need extended playing time in the minors to scrape off the rust. No one dares guess when Profar will appear in the majors again, but it will not be any time soon. Nothing is guaranteed, even for the best of prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Notes: Rangers will need to get creative to move Choo | FOX Sports

I don’t think he’s representing Kenny’s beliefs but maybe I’m not reading Kenny right. Intangibles are real. They are just really difficult, if not impossible, to quantify.

Some sabermetricians — I’m talking to you, Brian Kenny — dismiss the significance of intangibles, contending they are impossible to quantify and insignificant to winning.

Well, I wish Kenny could have heard Mets manager Terry Collins talk about the lift that David Wright gave his teammates upon meeting them at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Wright had been away from the club while rehabilitating from spinal stenosis in Los Angeles. But he remains the Mets’ biggest star, the face of the organization, and his absence has left the team with more than just a void on the field.

Collins described the mood as “completely different” with Wright in the room, saying the players were laughing more, talking louder. No one would suggest that Wright’s presence is the reason the Mets won two of three from the Dodgers. But these things matter, more than some people think.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, marlin byrd, mets, notes, rangers

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Rangers notes: Hamilton may go back on disabled list | The Star Telegram

This might mean a return of Joey Gallo.

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton could be headed to the disabled list again, this time with a groin strain.

Hamilton had an MRI on Saturday but the results had not been revealed as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hamilton wasn’t in the Rangers lineup for Saturday’s game with the Angels. He came out of Friday’s game after the seventh inning.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Hamilton came out of Friday’s game a little sore but said Saturday was a planned day off. Banister did not get specific with what was ailing Hamilton except to say that his “whole lower half” has been an issue since Hamilton went on the DL with a left hamstring strain after an injury May 31.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dodgers pitcher complains about heat at Rangers’ park; is lack of roof a problem?

Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson doesn’t like the Texas heat.

“No clue why you would ever want to pitch for the Rangers,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “The climate is beyond awful.” …

The lack of a retractable roof at Globe Life Park is the one big issue that could force the Rangers to seek out a new home, whether in Arlington or elsewhere.

The Dallas Morning News spins the pitcher’s comment toward the factor that may make the Arlington ballpark “obsolete” after just 20 years: no AC. 

Oddly enough, it was a very mild couple of nights here for the Dodgers series, seasonably quite cool.  These guys oughta try a day game in August.

BDC Posted: June 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hades, rangers, stadium renovations, weather

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Video: Gallo’s monster home run | MLB.com

This kid sure hits the ball a long way.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Top prospect Jorge Alfaro could be out for remainder of the season | | Dallas Morning News

Jorge Alfaro won’t be joining Joey Gallo in Texas any time soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jorge alfaro, prospects, rangers

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Rangers to lose Josh Hamilton for approximately four weeks | | Dallas Morning News

After an impressive first week that included a two-homer game and a walk-off double, the other side surfaced again Wednesday. An MRI exam on Hamilton’s sore left hamstring revealed a Grade 2 strain. The prognosis: He will miss at least the next four weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Chris Sale strikes out 13 in White Sox victory

Sale was dominant. Joey Gallo was overmatched in his three AB vs. Sale before homering off Zach Duke.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, joey gallo, rangers, white sox

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Joey Gallo on Twitter: “Way back in the day when me and @Bharper3407 were 8 and 9 years old!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, joey gallo, rangers

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Gallo homers in second big league at-bat | MLB.com

Kris who?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 10:05 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, next big thing, rangers

Is Joey Gallo going to Rangers or Round Rock? | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram

The Rangers called up Joey Gallo to replace Beltre.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Monday, June 01, 2015

Adrian Beltre injures thumb, to miss at least two weeks | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks after suffering a sprained left thumb and a cut that required four stitches in the fifth inning Sunday.

The Rangers said that Beltre was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister and was being fitting for a splint. The Rangers are off Monday and also have an off day June 8.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 05:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, injuries, rangers

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Video: Must C: Hamilton goes deep twice | MLB.com

So far, the Rangers are getting the Angels money’s worth.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers, video

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