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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tigers Display Focus on 2014; acquire Joakim Soria

The Tigers acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for two highly regarded right-handed pitching prospects: starter Jake Thompson and reliever Corey Knebel.

You may believe Thompson and Knebel represent a slight overpay for Soria’s services through the end of 2015. A number of executives with other major-league teams would agree. But if you consider the context, you will see the Tigers made an excellent trade, at the right time, in a manner that harmonizes completely with the organizational mandate to win the World Series this year.
How could you find fault with that?

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 26, 2014 at 10:02 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, tigers

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kemp’s agent Stewart on trade talks: ‘Sometimes change is good’

“Eight years is a long time to be in one place,” Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart, the former star pitcher, said by phone. “Sometimes change is good. This might be the time to change.”

Stewart hinted at that a week ago, first expressing an openness for Kemp’s to be dealt to another team, preferably one that would play him in center field, a proclamation that mostly surprised Dodgers folks for its timing; he had played 42 of the past 44 games at the time.

Well, the trade talks are on, and if anything, the rhetoric has been bumped up a bit.

It’s clear things aren’t going the way Kemp sees them. It’s just as clear the Dodgers are starting to see it his way in terms of the possibility of a trade; they are no longer saying they won’t deal Kemp (or any of the other four established outfielders), and they are mentioning his name to potentially interested teams, as baseball writer Danny Knobler first said on twitter.

Five teams are said to have shown interest, or at least talked to the Dodgers, and you can be sure L.A. will keep in touch with those teams.

There’s little question Stewart is right. It’s probably time for Kemp to go….

Word is, via FOXsports.com, which first suggested Kemp’s openness for change, is that they’ve checked in with the Mariners, Rangers and Red Sox to gauge interest. Two other teams, one in the NL, is said to have shown interest. Yet, it may not be so easy. He has $117 million to go through 2019.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2014 at 03:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, dodgers, mariners, matt kemp, rangers, red sox, trade rumors

Thursday, July 24, 2014

MLB: Tarp problems at Yankee Stadium

It’s a…

 

Repoz Posted: July 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yankees

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rangers’ Yu Darvish Pushes for a Six-Man Pitching Rotation - NYTimes.com

Why stop there? How about once every two weeks?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2014 at 01:46 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rangers replace Carlos Pena with J.P. Arencibia to play at first

Tell ‘im, Wash.

J.P. Arencibia hit his way back to the majors with the Rangers…  Arencibia replaced first baseman Carlos Pena, who was designated for assignment after hitting only .136 in 59 at-bats.

Arencibia opened the season as the Rangers’ front-line catcher but hit only .133 in 60 at-bats… Arencibia fared better against Pacific Coast League pitching, hitting .279 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs in 190 at-bats…

Arencibia said that while in the minors, he decided to go “back to what makes me J.P’’ and stop worrying about bad at-bats…

The addition of Arencibia created an odd roster in which the Rangers have four players whose primary position is catcher.

Manager Ron Washington said Geovany Soto and Robinson Chirinos will do the majority of the catching. Arencibia and Chris Gimenez could be used at catcher but are more likely to appear at first base and designated hitter.

The District Attorney Posted: July 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos pena, j.p. arencibia, rangers, transactions

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Texas Rangers deal Jason Frasor to Kansas City for pitcher

The Royals simply get tossed salad and scrambled eggs.

The Texas Rangers on Wednesday made their first sale of the season, trading RHP Jason Frasor to Kansas City for 26-year-old RHP Spencer Patton.
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Patton, 26, will be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. He was at Triple-A Omaha this year, compiling a 4-3 record and 4.08 ERA with 14 saves in 34 appearances.Patton has 60 strikeouts in 46 innings so far this year, but has also walked 26 and allowed nine homers….

Patton, a 24th round selection in 2011, had a big year in 2013, going 5-2 with a 1.86 ERA between Class A and Double-A. He struck out 103 and walked just 26 in 82.1 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 01:47 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jason frasor, rangers, relievers, royals, trade

Friday, July 11, 2014

Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto arrested Wednesday on marijuana possession charge


Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night in Grapevine on a marijuana possession charge.

Soto, 31, was pulled over for speeding around 10 p.m. in the 3500 block of Ira E. Woods Avenue, said Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling.

He has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. Eberling said Soto was cooperative during the arrest.

Soto is free on a $500 bail. The Tarrant County district attorney’s office filed his charges Friday. Soto has not selected a defense attorney.

Texas Rangers officials declined to comment on the arrest.

“We are aware of the situation,” team spokesman John Blake said.

Soto has been recovering from knee surgery and remains on the team’s disabled list.

Maybe it was medicinal?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 02:38 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, geovany soto, marijuana, rangers

Adrian Beltre sets a major league record (3B total bases)

1) Yesterday, Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre set the major league record for career total bases by a 3B and he is 8th vs. the league average.

MOST CAREER TOTAL BASES, 3B

1    Adrian Beltre             4272   Dodgers/Mariners/Red Sox/Rangers
2    Brooks Robinson            4270   Orioles
3    Eddie Mathews             4224   Braves/Astros/Tigers
4    Chipper Jones             4171   Braves
5    Mike Schmidt               4112   Phillies
6    Wade Boggs                3915   Red Sox/Yankees/Rays
7    Gary Gaetti                3881   Twins/Angels/Royals/Cardinals/Cubs/Red Sox
8    Aramis Ramirez             3704   Pirates/Cubs/Brewers
9    Ron Santo                  3667   Cubs/White Sox
10   Graig Nettles             3657   Twins/Indians/Yankees/Padres/Braves/Expos

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is fun dammit, hall of fame, rangers, third basemen

DMN: After 15-6 loss to Angels, Washington gives ‘fire-and-brimstone’ blistering of Rangers

Manager Ron Washington resorted to a fire-and-brimstone blistering of the Rangers after a 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.

In a post-game clubhouse meeting that lasted about 30 minutes, Washington vented his unhappiness at the way his club has been playing in this current dreadful stretch. The Rangers have lost five consecutive games and 19 of their last 22 games.

“I needed to remind them of some things,” Washington said.

Right-hander Colby Lewis, who allowed a club-record 13 runs in 2 1/3 innings, described Washington’s mood as “pissed.”

Said Lewis: “So am I. For every reason. We don’t lose here, and that’s what’s going on. We have to make changes, and it all happens like Wash said in this locker room.”

Washington said the Rangers have “a big group … that doesn’t know what winning is all about.” He hinted some players have let the losing distract them and used third baseman Adrian Beltre as the example of what is expected.

“It doesn’t matter the situation, he’s locked in,” Washington said. “We’re trying to get a lot of these guys locked in like that. It hasn’t happened yet.”

still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 04:15 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rangers

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

ESPN: Prince Fielder in the Body Issue

You don’t have to look like an Under Armour mannequin to be an athlete. A lot of people probably think I’m not athletic or don’t even try to work out or whatever, but I do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack. I work out to make sure I can do my job to the best of my ability. Other than that, I’m not going up there trying to be a fitness model.

Prince is looking pretty good.

The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: July 08, 2014 at 11:13 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dat booty, espn, prince fielder, rangers

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Adrian Beltre raps 2,500th career hit

Beltre is the sixth player who played the majority of his career at third base to reach the 2,500-hit level. The others are George Brett (3,154), Wade Boggs (3,010), Brooks Robinson (2,848), Chipper Jones (2,726) and Buddy Bell (2,514)

I feel like Beltre is going to have a really interesting HOF case in a few years, especially if he keeps up what he’s been doing for the next couple years. He’ll also make the trivia question of “Who are the four active players in the MLB with 2500 hits” a challenging one.

AADeuce Posted: June 25, 2014 at 01:57 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Friday, June 20, 2014

MLB, the MLBPA announce the creation of the Puerto Rico Summer League

Players from Puerto Rico are subject to the Major League draft, which, kills the incentive for teams and scouts to go there and develop teenage talent like they do in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Since the imposition of the draft in Puerto Rico in 1990, the once rich vein of talent heading from there to the big leagues has all but dried up.

But not to worry, this summer league is sure to turn around 25 years of decline.  Problem meet solution.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:32 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: media, rangers, wtf

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rangers sign Carlos Pena

At age 36 he looks just about done, posting a combined .678 OPS in 249 games since 2012–but if nothing else Pena can still draw plenty of walks and smack some homers.

Put me down for .150/.300/.350

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 18, 2014 at 04:03 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos pena, desperation, rangers

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Most Interesting Man in the Minors - Grantland

How does a legend begin?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gallo delivers walk-off in Double-A debut | MiLB.com

Joey Gallo debuts in AA with a big bang.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2014 at 06:24 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Sunday, June 01, 2014

How unique analytics theory might benefit Rangers’ strapped rotation | Dallas Morning News

100+ inning seasons by relievers

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Where did all the 100+ inning relievers go?

At the heart of Marx’s theory is evidence that when most pitchers face hitters a third time through the batting order, their effectiveness drops significantly. Marx refers to this as the TTOP (Times Through the Order Penalty). Marx’s research also shows that when he throws fewer innings, a pitcher’s velocity tends to ramp up some. And by converting more relievers to multi-inning roles, managers would have the ability to use a key “winning” piece with the game on the line in the fifth or sixth inning rather than having to reserve them only for later-game situations.

100+ inning seasons by relievers

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, sabermetrics

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How much longer before Royals shake things up in dugout, front office?

Robothol’s latest. A lot of good stuff.

An agent, of all people, suggested a perfect replacement for the retiring Derek Jeter: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
The agent, who has no affiliation with either player, made an excellent point: Hardy is steady and unassuming, and his low-maintenance personality would make him well-suited to replace a legend.
Hardy, who turns 32 on Aug. 19, missed nearly a month with a strained left oblique earlier this season. He’s batting .304 with a .701 OPS, albeit with no home runs, in 158 at-bats.
His defense remains solid. And his transition could be relatively seamless, considering that this is his fourth season in the AL East.

As a Red Sox fan I highly endorse the Yankees signing Hardy to a five-year contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, j.j. hardy, mariners, mets, padres, phillies, rangers, royals, yankees

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Miguel Cabrera messes with Adrian Beltre’s Head

Not really news, but every time someone messes with Beltre’s head, the result is pretty awesome.

SoCalDemon Posted: May 24, 2014 at 01:51 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ron Washington may have ordered the worst intentional walk ever yesterday

Pitching to the Red Sox is easy, tell him Wash.
Its incredibly difficult!

I’m not sure how to score walking one hitter to face a better hitter on the scale because it’s so ridiculous that I’m not sure it comes up often enough. For now, it’s enough to give this Washington walk a three-point bonus, making it a 24-point intentional walk … just about enough to peak my general rage and disgust. It goes without saying that Napoli promptly doubled, in the end all three runs scores, and the Rangers lost by three. I’ve made the point before that the rage system is unconcerned with the result of the walk — sometimes stupid intentional walks get good results just like sometimes terrible poker players win money. But in this case, the result is fulfilling. A walk that bad deserves to blow up.

Remember how Andy Griffith on the old Andy Griffith Show would only give Barney Fife one bullet, in case of emergencies? The Rangers might want to consider doing something like that for Ron Washington, for his own good.

 


Sunday, May 04, 2014

Brown: Struggles at the plate wear on Fielder

Cue the Dan Plesac “The big fella’s gonna have a big year in Texas” endless tape loop.

Except, well, and there’s hardly getting around it, he’s been pretty awful as a Ranger so far. He followed that .225-hitting, no-homer, no-RBI October in Detroit with a .206-hitting, two-homer, nine-RBI April in Arlington. For all the conversation about Fielder at Globe Life Park, and the big bats that would cover for the thin pitching, the Rangers have been at best an average offensive team that has out-homered only the Kansas City Royals. Plenty of the blame has fallen to Fielder, which is fair, because he’s better than this. More was expected.

Rather than ride that Arlington right center-field wind shear to career resumption, he’s pounded ground balls into defensive shifts, and has been pitched around anyway (his nine intentional walks lead the game), and has adjusted everything from the way he loads his hands to his toe tap. And still, he has very little, if anything, to show for it.

“Strugglin’,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “That’s it.”

A new city, a new team, settling in, finding his way around, trying to come out of an ordinary slump in a single extraordinary at-bat, that it?

“I don’t know,” Washington said. “I just don’t see the Prince swing we’re used to seeing. It’s just not there right now. … It’s gotta start soon. He’s not no .200 hitter. He’s a power hitter who can hit. It’s gotta start soon.”

Fielder’s thoughts exactly. He shows up, he works, and he hits .037 in day games, and .179 with runners in scoring position, and .206 against righties, and nothing feels wildly different but the results. He’s the same guy with the same swing who hit seven home runs and drove in 27 runs last April, who hit .337 just last September. And, yet, here he is.

“I don’t know,” he said. “That’s just the way it is. I don’t look too deep into it. If it was June or July, you probably wouldn’t notice it.”

It’s been suggested he try to beat the shifts by volleying pitches the other way.

“As far as trying to patty-cake it, manipulate the ball, that’s not me,” he said. “If there’s no shortstop in sight, maybe. But I still gotta go try to be me. I can’t finesse a ball and be me. I’m just basically trying to feel good. When I feel good, good things happen.”

Repoz Posted: May 04, 2014 at 08:19 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pelicans’ patient Gallo hits three homers | MiLB.com News

This guy could be scary good.

A year ago, Gallo became the first teenager to hit 40 home runs in the Minors in over 50 years. His raw power—touted highly before he arrived in Class A Hickory—was on full display throughout the summer, but his plate approach was also often questioned. Gallo struck out in 37 percent of his plate appearances and batted just .245.

He’s hitting .359 right now in large part because he’s drastically cut down on the strikeouts. His strikeout rate is 25.3 percent and his walk rate is up to 18.1 percent

“I’m laying off pitches and deciding which pitch to hit and which not to hit,” he said. “That’s helped a lot so far. I’m laying off pitches in the dirt, laying off high pitches. Going up there with a plan of what they’re going to do to you.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2014 at 07:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, prospects, rangers

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Texas Rangers name Tanner Scheppers opening day starter; Yu Darvish to open on DL

Well, hello, hello and welcome, my friend, to Tanner’s Happy Good-byes.

In a flurry of pitching moves forced by injuries and slow rehabs, the Rangers named first-time starter Tanner Scheppers their opening day starting pitcher… Scheppers will start on March 31 against Philadelphia and will be followed by LHP Martin Perez, LHP Robbie Ross and LHP Joe Saunders. RHP Nick Martinez, who pitched at Class A and Double A last year, will have the fifth spot for the start of the season…

despite a very encouraging medical report from Dallas on Yu Darvish, the Rangers’ planned opening day starter will open the season on the DL. Darvish’s exam by Dr. Drew Dossett was deemed “unremarkable,” and there was no structural damage found near or around his neck and shoulder. He will play catch on Thursday and then a further throwing program will be devised.

In other roster news: the Rangers released RHP Tommy Hanson, rather than guaranteeing his $500,000 salary (which would have grown to $2 million on Opening Day), signed RHP Scott Baker to a minor league contract, acquired INF Donnie Murphy from the Chicago Cubs on a waiver claim and added RHP Seth Rosin (pronounced Row-Zeen), a Rule 5 pick, on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baker will go to Triple-A Round Rock to join the rotation.

The Rangers also told OF Michael Choice that he had made the club, which was probably the least surprising news of the day…

manager Ron Washington tapped Scheppers, he said, partly because of his experience pitching in high leverage situations last year as a setup man.

“He’s profiled as a No. 1 kind of guy,” Washington said of Scheppers, who had a 3.07 ERA and .208 opponents batting average in spring training while striking out 14 in 14.2 innings. “The innings he pitched last year were under a lot of pressure and I think he can handle the pressure that goes along with opening day.”

It is perhaps the most unlikely opening day rotation in Rangers history. None of the five were in the opening day rotation last year and three of the five have never made a major league start…

While Scheppers may be the most unlikely opening day starter since Craig Lefferts in 1992 [sic; it was 1993 - TDA], Martinez may be the most unlikely member of an opening day rotation in Rangers history. He was an 18th round draft choice in 2011 who had a breakthrough year in 2013 split between Myrtle Beach and Frisco. He was 10-7 with a 2.87 ERA in 119 innings at Myrtle Beach, then went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in five games (four starts) at Frisco.

But he was not on the 40-man roster and was not in major league camp. He made his biggest impression with two scoreless innings of relief against Cleveland on Tuesday.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jonah Keri: 2014 AL West Preview

This article is pretty much what it sounds like. Keri goes over each team, additions and subtractions, and projections. It makes me fondly remember the days of team season previews on baseball primer.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 25, 2014 at 02:29 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Monday, March 24, 2014

Rangers’ Geovany Soto out 10-12 weeks with torn meniscus

0-162 is one step closer to reality.

More bad injury news for the Rangers: starting catcher Geovany Soto will miss 10-12 weeks with a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He missed time with a foot problem earlier in camp.

Geovany Soto, 31, hit .245/.328/.466 (114 OPS+) with nine doubles and nine home runs in 54 games as A.J. Pierznyski’s backup last season. Texas re-signed him to a one-year, $3.05 million contract over the winter and intended to use him as their starter behind the plate.

With Soto out, catching duties figure to fall on J.P. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2014 at 09:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: geovany soto, injuries, rangers

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rangers’ Jurickson Profar out up to 3 months with torn shoulder muscle

More bad news on the injury front for the Texas Rangers: Second baseman Jurickson Profar will miss the next 10 to 12 weeks after an MRI revealed a torn right shoulder muscle. The team announced that surgery will not be required.

As T.R. Sullivan notes, Josh Wilson and Brent Lillibridge are two internal candidates to replace Profar at second.

The 21-year-old Profar is coming off a 2013 season in which he batted .234/.308/.336 in 324 plate appearances at the MLB level. Coming up through the Rangers system, he was regularly regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball, and obviously his performance ceiling remains quite high.

Thanks to Gene C.

Repoz Posted: March 23, 2014 at 06:53 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

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