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Friday, January 13, 2017

Rangers sign right-hander Tyson Ross | MLB.com

The Rangers have not yet announced the deal, but Ross has chosen to sign with the Rangers over the World Series champion Cubs. Sources confirmed Yahoo!‘s Jeff Passan’s report that the contract is worth $6 million plus incentives.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:31 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rangers, tyson ross

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rangers Get Cheap Price On Cuban Infielder Luis Yander La O | BaseballAmerica.com

Luis Yander La O? Is that really his name? My database might not like him.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 02:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, rangers

Friday, December 23, 2016

Will the Texas Rangers make another Christmastime deal? | The Star-Telegram

“We’ve stayed in touch on a number of different fronts, but for the most part, it’s being patient,” Daniels said. “We need to add depth in certain areas. Between trades and free agents, there’s still a lot of opportunities out there for us and others.

“We’re just trying to talk through a bunch of different scenarios and trying to stay patient with things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, rangers

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Joey Gallo, Yohander Mendez leading charge for Texas Rangers | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Third baseman—Joey Gallo, Round Rock (102 games), Texas (17 games): While Gallo’s struggles at the Major League level continued (one hit, 19 strikeouts in 25 at-bats), his .529 slugging percentage and .896 OPS ranked sixth in the Pacific Coast League while his 25 home runs were tied for third. It was a step in the right direction for the 23-year-old slugger, who hit .195 with a .739 OPS in 53 games for the Express in 2015, although his strikeout rate remained well over 30 percent.

“Like the last two years, [he was] a bit up and down [in the Minors] and at the big league level,” Tingler said. “He’s still a work in progress—has all the ability and talent and is just finding a way to get a little more consistency with the at-bats. We have very high expectations for Joey; there’s not a thing on the field he can’t do—run, throw, defend, hit for power—he can do a lot of different stuff.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 06:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rangers

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Carlos Gomez, Rangers agree on 1-year deal | MLB.com

The Rangers have addressed their center-field situation by agreeing with outfielder Carlos Gomez on a one-year, $11.5 million contract late Tuesday night, Major League sources said.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gomez, free agents, rangers

Monday, December 05, 2016

Five reasons Texas Rangers could say no to Edwin Encarnacion | The Star-Telegram

So here’s a look at five reasons the Rangers could pass on Encarnacion:

▪ The Rangers don’t want to block Gallo’s path to the majors. They need to find out about him, and soon.

▪ The club doesn’t want to give up on him as it did Davis and miss out on all that power. Who is the only player in the majors the past five seasons with more homers than Encarnacion? Davis.

▪ So, Encarnacion has that kind of power, maybe a tad bit less, at 34. With a bunch of 30-somethings already on the roster, the Rangers wouldn’t be getting any younger.

▪ The qualifying offer, in its last hurrah, continues to be a factor in the Rangers’ thinking. Not to keep kicking this horse, but the Rangers have lost a lot the past two years in trades, and surrendering a first-round pick would put a dent in the farm system.

▪ Encarnacion passed on Toronto’s offer of four years and $80 million. He’s not going to come off that too terribly much, unless he falls into the same territory as Ian Desmond last year. That seems unlikely with all that power, plus the Rangers are committing their funds to pitching and center field first.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/mlb/texas-rangers/article118953613.html#storylink=cpy

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agents, rangers

Friday, December 02, 2016

Arlington, Rangers unveil timeline for $1 billion stadium project

I was certain everyone would want to learn about the massive efforts being devoted to #keepBDCcool. 

Aiming to open the Texas Rangers’ new stadium in April 2020, team and city officials now have a timeline for planning and building the $1 billion project.

In addition to hiring an architect, the Rangers expect to be interviewing structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultants by Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the city will start assembling its financial team, City Manager Trey Yelverton said.

The new stadium will replace Globe Life Park in Arlington, which opened as The Ballpark in Arlington in 1994. The Rangers have said they plan to redevelopment Globe Life, potentially with office, retail and dining venues.

The new stadium will be a neighbor of not only Globe Life Park but also the $250 million Texas Live! mixed-use entertainment and high-rise hotel complex that broke ground in late October.

The Rangers and developer The Cordish Cos. said the dining and entertainment venues are set to open with the 2018 baseball season, and the hotel/convention portion would open that fall.

Parking will be the usual paradoxical issue.  The two new developments are going up on the two main Ballpark parking lots, south and southwest of the current stadium, which (the plan is) will not be demolished.  If you build it, they will come; but if too many come, it will be impossible to get there.

 

BDC Posted: December 02, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rangers, stadiums

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Texas Rangers: 10 things to know about Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara, including why he chose baseball over basketball | SportsDay

There is a lot of good stuff here.

1. His name is a mouthful
Born April 26, 1995, in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic, Mazara’s full name is Nomar Shamir Mazara Jiminian. He was asked by lonestarball.com about his name: “Well, my mother and father just liked the names Nomar and Shamir, Jiminian is my mother’s last name.”—from Lone Star Ball’s report, Nomar Mazara-The Big Chill

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Texas Rangers: New Ranger Andrew Cashner on signing with Texas: It’s ‘the best culture in baseball’ | SportsDay

We’ll see how this deal works out.

Some players are better in certain situations than others, Daniels said. That is why the Rangers on Monday completed work on a one-year deal worth $10 million with free agent starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

It is, Daniels said, a good fit.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Monday, November 21, 2016


Thursday, November 17, 2016

MLB is investigating an alleged sexual assault at Rangers’ Dominican academy

Both Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers are investigating a possible case of sexual assault that allegedly involved multiple players at the Rangers’ academy in the Dominican Republic.

Metro, a news outlet in the D.R., reported that three members of the Rangers’ Dominican Summer League team were arrested several months ago. Baseball sources said that four players allegedly were involved, and that charges have yet to be filed.

The players were placed on administrative leave under baseball’s minor-league domestic violence policy, pending the outcome of the investigation, sources said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:07 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: domincian republic, rangers, sexual assault

Texas Rangers: Five free-agent priorities the Rangers need to address | SportsDay

If he’s looking for a number three starter, these guys aren’t it.

My targets: TCU’s Andrew Cashner, an underperformer in San Diego, or possibly Brett Anderson, who was out most of 2016 with a back injury, then hampered by a blister. Anderson looked to be on the verge of a breakthrough in 2015, but his 2016 season was completely sidetracked. Think of him as a potential alternative to Derek Holland, but with a better walk rate and with more ability to get ground balls.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Three teams showing early interest in Derek Holland | The Star-Telegram

Free-agent left-hander Derek Holland confirmed on Monday that the Pittsburgh Pirates have contacted his agent, Michael Martini, and baseball sources said that the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees have also shown some early interest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 12:21 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, rangers

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tom Grieve on analytics in the 80s. | MLB.com

MLB.com: You had an analytics guy in your front office in the 1980s.
Grieve: Yes, Craig Wright. He really was the trailblazer. Actually, he was hired in 1981, when Eddie Robinson was the general manager, Joe Klein was the farm director, and I was the assistant farm director. It was before anyone knew what sabermetrics [were]. Craig was well accepted by our manager, Bobby Valentine, and the pitching coach, Tom House.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2016 at 12:33 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, sabermetrics

Monday, November 07, 2016

Taxpayers may help pay for the Rangers’ $1bn ballpark – but at least they’ll get aircon | Tom Dart | Sport | The Guardian

Oh boy. Crazy.

At a cost of $1bn to put a chill in the air during Texas Rangers games, it would surely go down as the sports world’s most expensive air-conditioning bill.

Voters in the city that is home to the Rangers go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to finance a new Major League Baseball stadium that would replace a popular facility that is barely two decades old.

The election raises the question of how much a team is really worth to its community, and whether, just a few days after 102-year-old Wrigley Field basked in the World Series spotlight, stadiums are becoming almost as disposable as their corporate naming rights.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadium financing

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Heyman - Rangers Open To Trading Derek Holland This Offseason

Jon Heyman working overtime during the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, rangers

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Texas Rangers: Offseason issues: Why Rangers face tough decision in what to do with Joey Gallo | SportsDay

This is a tough choice on Gallo. He did appear to slide this season. It’s first base, though. Can’t the Rangers pull a Red Sox move from 2003? Acquire a couple of 1B AAA talents to compete with Gallo for the job?

This may be the most difficult decision because I’m not sure Gallo can demonstrate enough progress, regardless of his results in Venezuela, to earn the job. I’m also not sure if his value is high enough to allow him to front a deal for a middle-of-the-rotation (or better) pitcher, which would be the only reason to give up on him. The Rangers have long valued his talent and they now have a position waiting for him. Going with Gallo at first seems to be cost-efficient in terms of dollars and talent, but they better have a Plan B in case he continues to average a strikeout every 1.9 at-bats.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jon Daniels has high expectations for Rangers | texasrangers.com

General manager Jon Daniels made it clear what the Rangers’ intentions are in 2017.

“We expect to win,” Daniels said on Tuesday at the club’s post-season press conference.

Daniels does not see a window closing.

“Our job as a baseball leadership team, if we are doing our jobs right—I don’t think the window, there is an open and closed period. Good organizations find a way to win year in and year out. I don’t think after an x number of years, you do about face and change plans.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, rangers

Monday, October 10, 2016

Blue Jays walk off on Rangers and into ALCS | MLB.com

Donaldson wins the game with heads-up, aggressive baserunning.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rangers

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Blue Jays hit 4 homers, beat Rangers in Game 2 | MLB.com

“We have to win,” Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said. “There’s no tomorrow. Not only that, we’re trying to do what they did to us last year. Hopefully we can turn it around and do the same thing they did to us last year. We know we can do it. We just need to get it done in the field. There’s no doubt we believe in this team. We’ve got to find a way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

Friday, October 07, 2016

Blue Jays beat Rangers in Game 1 of ALDS | MLB.com

The headline pretty much covers it.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

A baseball ticket in Texas costs less than a beer at the Rogers Centre does

It’s cheaper to buy a seat for a Jays’ playoff game in Texas (as low as $8) than to drink a beer ($10) while watching the playoffs at the Rogers Centre.

John Northey Posted: October 07, 2016 at 12:52 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, blue jays, rangers

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Texas Rangers: Why investments in the right people—not just analytics or scouting—is key to Rangers’ success | SportsDay

Of course, the Royals talked about the same thing the last few years. Did the Royals have less quality “people” this season?

You can’t grade people on a 20-80 scale and you can’t distill them down to just a spin rate or an exit velocity. There is no metric. It’s the sixth tool, impossible to quantify, but idiotic to ignore. If the Rangers have an identity, this is it. They pride themselves on investing in people. And their second consecutive AL West title sparkles with those investments.

“We had a standard that we were going to hold ourselves to,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday as he tried to put the regular season into context before plunging into Division Series preparation. “It all sounds great. It’s all good business school speak, but I feel like we really put that into play this season. I think we’ve put people first and we are going to keep doing that.”

His point: Any investment in people is not an investment in stats only. The Rangers have identified a type of player they want. Think Ian Desmond. Think Jonathan Lucroy. Think Carlos Beltran. And that’s to name just three of the 10 or 11 guys who did not appear in 2015 who will be on the 2016 playoff roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Friday, September 30, 2016

One More Incredible Rangers Statistic | FanGraphs Baseball

Of course there’s noise, or randomness, and of course circumstances can be different when a team plays a certain other one. Maybe the Rangers have gotten really lucky in terms of missing the better teams’ better starters. But we haven’t seen something quite like this in a century. In a little more than a century, for that matter.

Almost 2,300 team-seasons in the sample. For each of them, I calculated winning percentage against teams who’re at least .500, and winning percentage against teams below .500. I then found the difference between those two winning percentages. This year’s Rangers have the biggest positive difference, and from what I can tell, it would be almost impossible for them to fall out of first place here over the season’s final games. It wouldn’t matter if they swept the Rays. They’d still be No. 1 in one of the most unusual splits you could come up with.

So add this to the list. Clutch hitting. One-run-game winning. Run-differential defeating. And, better against good teams than bad ones. It doesn’t have to make sense for it to be, and there’s no undoing what the Rangers have accomplished. All told, they’ve had one of the weirdest damn seasons in at least recent memory. It still stands to be mostly defined by what happens in the weeks ahead, but Rangers fans could tell you this year has never been dull.Almost 2,300 team-seasons in the sample. For each of them, I calculated winning percentage against teams who’re at least .500, and winning percentage against teams below .500. I then found the difference between those two winning percentages. This year’s Rangers have the biggest positive difference, and from what I can tell, it would be almost impossible for them to fall out of first place here over the season’s final games. It wouldn’t matter if they swept the Rays. They’d still be No. 1 in one of the most unusual splits you could come up with.

So add this to the list. Clutch hitting. One-run-game winning. Run-differential defeating. And, better against good teams than bad ones. It doesn’t have to make sense for it to be, and there’s no undoing what the Rangers have accomplished. All told, they’ve had one of the weirdest damn seasons in at least recent memory. It still stands to be mostly defined by what happens in the weeks ahead, but Rangers fans could tell you this year has never been dull.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Texas Rangers: Three takeaways from Rangers’ AL West clinching win  | SportsDay

The Rangers clinch the West!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, rangers

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