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  1. 2015 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 11, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.

  2. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2015

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.

  3. Somehow, it keeps getting worse for the A’s

    Sep 18, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    Sean Doolittle

    The only thing more painful than hitting rock bottom is thinking you’ve hit it, only to find out there’s still more room to sink.

  4. Position player pitching alert: Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia tossed a scoreless inning

    Aug 14, 2014, 8:50 AM EST

    J.P. Arencibia

    J.P. Arencibia has proven to be not much of a hitter with a career .208 batting average and .662 OPS, but last night the 28-year-old catcher/first baseman made his pitching debut for the Rangers and looked pretty decent.

  5. Rangers demote J.P. Arencibia to Triple-A

    May 20, 2014, 4:46 PM EST

    J.P. Arencibia

    Earlier this week Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia spoke out about what he believed was unfair treatment by the Toronto media back when he was with the Blue Jays, suggesting that “the media made me out to be a monster” and that played a part in his being let go.

  6. J.P. Arencibia: “I was the villain” of the Blue Jays

    May 17, 2014, 10:05 PM EST

    J.P. Arencibia

    J.P. Arencibia has a wee bit of a persecution complex with the Toronto media.

  7. The transfer rule strikes again

    Apr 14, 2014, 10:55 PM EST

    transfer play

    Rangers manager Ron Washington was ejected Monday after umpires overturned a call at home plate because of the transfer rule.

  8. 2014 Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

    Mar 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Isn’t doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…

  9. Rangers lose Geovany Soto for three months

    Mar 24, 2014, 12:16 PM EST

    Geovany Soto AP

    The bad news keeps coming for the Rangers, who announced yesterday that infielder Jurickson Profar will be out for 10-12 weeks with a torn shoulder muscle and have now lost catcher Geovany Soto for 10-12 weeks with a torn lateral meniscus in his knee. Soto will undergo surgery, likely leaving J.P. Arencibia as the starting…

  10. 2014 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:11 PM EST

    Choo Fielder

    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 2014 season. First up: The Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Were the bold moves bold enough? The past two offseasons seasons saw the division…

  11. Geovany Soto out three weeks after foot surgery, still expected to be ready for season

    Feb 22, 2014, 2:01 PM EST

    Geovany Soto AP

    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers catcher Geovany Soto will be sidelined for three weeks after he underwent surgery this morning to remove a small bone that was putting pressure on a tendon in his left foot. Despite the surgery, the Rangers still expect Soto to be ready for Opening Day.…

  12. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

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    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  13. Rangers sign catcher J.P. Arencibia for $1.8 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:36 PM EST

    J.P. Arencibia

    The Rangers nearly traded for J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered by the Blue Jays. Now they have him anyway, signing him to a one-year deal, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. It’s worth $1.8 million and includes $300,000 in incentives, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Arencibia, who turns 28 next month,…

  14. Report: Rangers moving toward deal with catcher J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:13 AM EST

    J.P. Arencibia Getty

    The Rangers are zeroing in on catching help on the heels of A.J. Pierzynski leaving Texas for a one-year deal with the World Series champion Red Sox. While Kurt Suzuki was mentioned as a possibility earlier this week, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and J.P. Arencibia are “progressing” toward a deal. Arencibia…

  15. Rangers tried to trade for J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 5, 2013, 8:32 AM EST

    arencibia getty

    From MLB.com’s Rangers beat writer, T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers had serious trade discussions with the Blue Jays about catcher J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered on Monday, according to industry sources. A trade was close to being completed but the Rangers were reluctant to add another arbitration-eligible player. The Rangers were willing to do a…

  16. Report: Marlins recently made offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Dec 3, 2013, 12:09 AM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    The Marlins have mostly been connected to marginal free agents so far this offseason, but they have one notable name on their wish list. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins recently made an offer to free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The specifics aren’t known, but Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald confirms that…

  17. 2013 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EST

    Andrew Bailey

    We’ll be writing up the non-tenders as they come in prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents. AMERICAN LEAGUE Angels – RHP Juan Gutierrez, RHP Tommy Hanson, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Jerome Williams All of these were expected. Hanson and Williams would have cost upwards of $4 million apiece. Williams is…

  18. Report: Blue Jays will trade or non-tender J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:45 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

    Dioner Navarro agreeing to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays seemed to signal that 2013 starting catcher J.P. Arencibia was on his way out of Toronto and sure enough Shi Davidi of Sports Net reports that Arencibia will be non-tendered if they can’t find a trade before tonight’s deadline. Arencibia has very…

  19. Blue Jays sign Dioner Navarro to two-year deal

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EST

    Dioner Navarro AP

    Dioner Navarro has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Navarro went from 24-year-old All-Star in 2008 to little-used, unproductive backup from 2010-2012, but the switch-hitting catcher put together a big season in a part-time role for the Cubs this year. He hit .300 with…

  20. Does McCann to New York set up a Salty, Red Sox reunion?

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    It’s the catcher market that has moved the most quickly in free agency this winter, with Brian McCann becoming the first elite free agent to come to terms, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday. The other catcher deals: Carlos Ruiz – Phillies (three years, $26 million) Geovany Soto –…

  21. The Blue Jays are targeting Angels catchers Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger

    Oct 21, 2013, 9:31 AM EST

    Hank Conger

    The Blue Jays once traded for Angels catcher Mike Napoli. Then four days later they got rid of him. Maybe seeing Napoli help two teams to the World Series since then has them trying for a do-over. Here’s Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun: Yes, the Blue Jays need starting pitching. Yet, that’s not the only…

  22. 2013 leads the way in spectacularly bad offensive performances

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:01 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    By OPS, the 2013 season boasts three of the six worst offensive seasons since 2000: .545 – Cesar Izturis (2010 Orioles) .559 – Alcides Escobar (2013 Royals) .562 – Nick Punto (2007 Twins) .564 – Neifi Perez (2002 Royals) .565 – Adeiny Hechavarria (2013 Marlins) .569 – Darwin Barney (2013 Cubs) .576 – Ramon Santiago…

  23. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

  24. Marlins prospect Christian Yelich goes 3-for-4 with 2 RBI in MLB debut

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:25 PM EST

    Christian Yelich

    Looking to shake things up after a dreadful offensive dry spell, the Marlins promoted top prospect and outfielder Christian Yelich and immediately tossed him in the #2 spot in the lineup, along with fellow top prospect and outfielder Jake Marisnick, for tonight’s game against the Rockies. Yelich responded, getting three hits in his first three…

  25. J.P. Arencibia calls out Blue Jays analysts Gregg Zaun, Dirk Hayhurst

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:31 AM EST

    arencibia reuters

    I’m struggling to think of an instance where a ballplayer called out his own team’s analysts for a good reason. Most of the time it’s whining about the fact that people in a role filled with so many in-the-bag homers are shockingly telling it like it is.  We saw that when Cubs players got mad…

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