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  1. The NL All-Star starting lineup will outshine the AL’s

    May 22, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    OK, so there hasn’t been any actual All-Star ballot results released yet. That doesn’t mean I can’t do my fun little exercise here. What follows is my best guess at the All-Star Game starting lineups. National League CF Andrew McCutchen 2B Brandon Phillips 1B Joey Votto LF Justin Upton RF Bryce Harper 3B David Wright…

  2. Elvis Andrus signs … but where’s Nolan?

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Elvis Andrus officially signed his contract today and had a little press conference and everything. But as LewPBlog (and many others) noted, Nolan Ryan was AWOL. Figure it’s worth just tendering your resignation yet, Nolan? You’re upsetting the kids.

  3. Yu Darvish not quite perfect, but plenty close enough

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    It looked like destiny was on his side when Yu Darvish made such quick work of Jason Castro and Carlos Corporan to start the ninth inning Tuesday against Astros. Seconds later, destiny rolled right between his legs into center field. In the end, the pitch count may have gotten to Darvish. Not that he seemed…

  4. Sounds like Ian Desmond is in line for a contract extension

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ian Desmond

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was quoted by Amanda Comak in the Washington Times and, from the sounds of it, Ian Desmond is in line for a contract extension: “We don’t discuss negotiations with players and that type of thing,” Rizzo said. “But we feel Ian is one of our leaders. He’s one of the guys that is our…

  5. Elvis Andrus can opt out of his new deal with the Rangers after 2018

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

    Elvis Andrus Getty

    Elvis Andrus has reportedly agreed to an eight-year, $120 million extension which could keep him with the Rangers through the 2023 season, but there’s an interesting wrinkle in the deal. According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Andrus will have the right to opt out of the deal after the 2018 season. The 24-year-old…

  6. What does Elvis Andrus’ extension mean for Ian Kinsler and Jurickson Profar?

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Elvis Andrus‘ eight-year, $120 million contract extension puts an end to any speculation that the Rangers would trade him to clear shortstop for stud prospect Jurickson Profar, but in doing so it opens up another can of worms involving Ian Kinsler. Profar is arguably the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, so presuming that the…

  7. UPDATE: Rangers, Elvis Andrus reach an agreement on a $120 million extension

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    Elvis Andrus

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the deal is done. 2:42 AM: Despite the presence of Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings, the Rangers have decided to lock up Elvis Andrus to an eight-year, $120 million deal, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Rosenthal reports that the contract would supersede Andrus’…

  8. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Aaron Hicks

    Bringing back something I used to do each year for fun, here’s a look at the American League Rookie of the Year possibilities, with odds posted for several of the favorites. I’ll follow suit with the National League tomorrow. Please note: Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin is ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors. He spent…

  9. Umpires go first three outs of major league season without blowing a call

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Andy Fletcher

    Of course, our luck ran out in the bottom of the first of Sunday night’s opener between the Rangers and Astros. With Jose Altuve on first and no outs in the frame, a Matt Harrison pitch to Brett Wallace got away from A.J. Pierzynski, causing Altuve to try for second. The throw arrived on a…

  10. Opening Night lineups: Rangers vs. Astros

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    minute maid park getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Sunday night’s season-opening game between the Rangers and Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. It’s on ESPN. TEXAS RANGERS HOUSTON ASTROS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Jose Altuve, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Brett Wallace, 1B 3. Lance Berkman,…

  11. Jurickson Profar likely to begin season at Triple-A

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    Roadblocked by Ian Kinsler at second base and Elvis Andrus at shortstop, Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar will likely begin the season with Triple-A Round Rock, according to T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers are leaning heavily on keeping Leury Garcia as their utility infielder so that Profar can play every day at Triple-A Round Rock. The…

  12. 2013 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers overcome the loss of Josh Hamilton to free agency? Hamilton was,…

  13. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  14. “Elaborate tattoo” keeps Elvis Andrus out of Rangers lineup

    Feb 28, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Elvis Andrus

    And the weird spring training injuries roll on … Elvis Andrus not playing today for Rangers. New and elaborate tattoo caused “sensitivity” in left biceps. — Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) February 28, 2013 I’m not sure if that beats Joel Peralta‘s sandwich-related injury, but it’s damn close. UPDATE: Andrus posted a picture of the tattoo, which…

  15. Rangers give Matt Harrison five-year, $55 million contract

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

    Matt Harrison

    32 wins over the last two years was enough to convince the Rangers to bet heavily on Matt Harrison. They gave the 27-year-old left-hander a five-year, $55 million extension with a vesting option for 2018, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson. Harrison, part of the Mark Teixeira deal with the Braves that also…

  16. Diamondbacks and Padres have discussed Justin Upton-for-Chase Headley deal

    Jan 5, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    justin upton getty

    Justin Upton has been mentioned in trade rumors for a long time now, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a new one. And it’s pretty juicy. Justin Upton for Chase Headley? The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held on-and-off discussions about a trade involving those players since July, but the talks have…

  17. Diamondbacks still expected to move one of their outfielders

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    Justin Upton, Jason Kubel

    After the Diamondbacks surprisingly slithered in to sign Cody Ross to a three-year, $26 million deal over the weekend, the general feeling was that they would trade one of their outfielders. Not much has changed on that front over the Christmas holiday. One person familiar with the Diamondbacks’ thinking told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that…

  18. Diamondbacks now unlikely to trade Justin Upton

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

    justin upton getty

    The Diamondbacks found their shortstop. So they are apparently taking Justin Upton off the table. John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix was told late Tuesday night that Upton “will not be traded” and that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers “will not be entertaining any more offers” for him. The Rangers, after hesitating to part with…

  19. Ian Kinsler “not thrilled with the idea of changing positions”

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Last month amid questions about how top prospect Jurickson Profar will fit into the Rangers’ lineup Ian Kinsler said he’d be willing to play wherever the team wants him: I’m paid to be a Texas Ranger. Where I play on the field is not my decision. I’m going to do whatever I can to help…

  20. Everyone’s sorry about how Michael Young’s situation played out in Texas

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas has an in-depth story about Michael Young‘s departure from Texas and all of the drama that surrounded his final three years with the Rangers. Interesting: Jon Daniels admits that he didn’t handle things well following Young’s trade demand in the 2010-11 offseason following the team’s pickup of Adrian Beltre. Daniels…

  21. Rangers still want to trade for Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    justin upton diamondbacks getty

    Most assumed that after losing free agent righty Zack Greinke to the Dodgers, the Rangers would shift their focus (and winter budget) back toward Josh Hamilton. But that might not be the case. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers “still want to trade for” Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. Which would mean letting Hamilton…

  22. Report: Justin Upton talks ongoing, this time without the Indians

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    upton getty

    3:20 p.m. EST update: Rosenthal is quoting an official involved in the talks as saying they’re “not dead,” but that things are no further along than they were going into the winter meetings. 3:00 p.m. EST update: Speaking with reporters about a half hour ago, Rangers GM Jon Daniels aid he was packed and ready…

  23. D’Backs owner says Justin Upton probably won’t be traded

    Nov 18, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    upton, justin (getty)

    The Diamondbacks have been dangling Justin Upton on the trading block since the July 31 deadline, so they have a pretty good idea of what teams are willing to offer for the talented young outfielder. And it doesn’t seem like they’re expecting a match. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports heard from a source this weekend…

  24. Ian Kinsler would switch positions if asked by Rangers

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Jurickson Profar is regarded as one of the top position prospects in the game, but there’s no room for him in the Rangers’ infield as long as Elvis Andrus is at shortstop and Ian Kinsler is at second base. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is reluctant to part with either Profar or Andrus, at least…

  25. The Braves chose not to trade a young stud shortstop to the Rangers for once

    Nov 13, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons AP

    Back in 2007, the Atlanta Braves made one of the worst trades in living memory, shipping Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Texas Rangers for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay. It would have been bad enough if only half of that load of talent went to Texas for the rent-a-Teixeira, but overall it was disastrous. So…

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