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

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 18, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Ian Kinsler would switch positions if asked by Rangers

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. 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…

  8. The Rangers tried to pry Andrelton Simmons away from the Braves

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

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    In the same story that mentioned the Dodgers’ interest in Torii Hunter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today also noted that the Rangers recently tried to acquire shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves. Why would the Rangers do this? Well, general manager Jon Daniels isn’t interested in giving up either Elvis Andrus or top prospect Jurickson…

  9. Rays could emerge as front-runners for Justin Upton

    Nov 9, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

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    The Rays may have an Upton in their lineup next season after all. While B.J. Upton declined a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer earlier today and is expected to land a lucrative multi-year contract in free agency, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears from rival executives that the Rays might emerge as the front-runners to pull…

  10. Rangers won’t give up Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar for Justin Upton

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

    Justin Upton AP

    With Justin Upton circulating in trade rumors once again, many have speculated that the Rangers could be a perfect fit. We’re still in the early days of the Hot Stove, so things could change in a hurry, but a deal appears unlikely right now. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Rangers aren’t willing to…

  11. Diamondbacks “are trying to trade” Justin Upton … again

    Nov 7, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Shortly after taking over as Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers made headlines for saying he’d be open to trading Justin Upton for the right package. Two years later Upton remains in Arizona, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks “are trying to trade” him following a disappointing season in which Upton saw his…

  12. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  13. Josh Hamilton, Ron Washington draw blame for the Rangers’ early exit

    Oct 6, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    I maintain that the Rangers are baseball’s most talented team. That they’re done after one wild card game falls mostly on the shoulders of Josh Hamilton and the shortcomings of manager Ron Washington. Hamilton’s struggles are well chronicled. In the Rangers’ final nine games — seven of which proved to be losses — he went…

  14. Joe Saunders escapes jam to preserve 1-1 tie vs. Rangers through four innings

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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    Most didn’t give Joe Saunders much of a chance against the Rangers in this game, especially after seeing how Ron Washington stacked his lineup with right-handed batters, but he has allowed one run through four innings to preserve a 1-1 tie. It hasn’t been easy, though. Saunders walked Ian Kinsler to begin the game. Elvis…

  15. Orioles take early lead thanks to Michael Young error

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

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    The Orioles have jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in their do-or-die Wild Card matchup against the Rangers in Arlington. Nate McLouth led off the game by smacking a hard-hit ball to Michael Young at first base, who was unable to get a handle on it. McLouth then stole second base before he was…

  16. The Rangers call up top prospect Jurickson Profar

    Sep 1, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    Today is September 1, which means rosters can be expanded to include anyone on a team’s 40-man roster. With that in mind, we should see plenty of prospects and minor league veterans added to rosters over the next couple of days. We likely aren’t going to see big names like Dylan Bundy, Billy Hamilton and…

  17. Cubs finalize $60 million extension with Starlin Castro

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Making official what was first reported two weeks ago, the Cubs have finalized a seven-year, $60 million contract extension with shortstop Starlin Castro that includes a team option for 2020. Castro is making the minimum salary this season and would have been arbitration eligible for the first time next year. And as a “Super Two”…

  18. Hiroki Kuroda tosses two-hit shutout against Rangers

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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    The Yankees need a healthy CC Sabathia if they hope to make a legitimate run at the World Series, but Hiroki Kuroda continues to prove that he’s no slouch, either. Kuroda limited the Rangers to just two hits in a complete game 3-0 win tonight at Yankee Stadium. It was his fourth career shutout and…

  19. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 6, 2012, 5:42 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers 10, Indians 8: I was at this game, and I gotta tell ya, until the 9th inning it was one of the more lame, butt-dragging tie games you’ll ever see. Omar Infante and Austin Jackson kept hitting, but apart from that the highlight until then was Joe West getting all ejecty for no good…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 2, 2012, 6:19 AM EDT

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    Rangers 11, Angels 10: Holy schnikes! The Angels jumped out to a 6-0 lead and the fans were booing Yu Darvish and the local nine. Then the comeback. Make that the comebacks. Four runs in the fifth and then single runs in the eighth and ninth to force extras. Then, down by three in the…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 26, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Phillies 7, Brewers 6: It’s hard to imagine a more demoralizing series than the one the Brewers just experienced. In all three games they fell victim to last inning rallies. This one after their own rally brought them back from a 5-1 deficit, tied with a Ryan Braun homer in the eighth. Then they take…

  22. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jul 16, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    I stopped doing these for some reason. Sorta forgot about them. But it seemed like a lot happened this weekend, so for those of you with lives that don’t entail them being tied to the Internet all weekend, here’s what you missed: Bill James doubles down on the Joe Paterno defense. It’s like watching a…

  23. Rangers phenom Jurickson Profar gets first start at third

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    Jurickson Profar, who showed off his power with a home run in Sunday’s Futures Game, is sliding from shortstop to third base for the first time as a pro for Double-A Frisco tonight. It’s a bit curious; not only do the Rangers already have a top-flight third baseman in Adrian Beltre, but they also have…

  24. 2012 midseason awards: AL MVP

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton was far and away the AL’s best player for two months, but he’s definitely come back to the pack after hitting just .223 with four homers in June. He struck out 35 times last month, nearly matching his total of 39 times from April and May combined. That said, he still leads the…

  25. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

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