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  1. Rangers send Neftali Feliz back to the minors

    Mar 25, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Neftali Feliz was recovered enough from Tommy John elbow surgery to make six appearances for the Rangers in September of last season, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings, but after watching him pitch this spring the team has decided to send the 25-year-old former Rookie of the Year back to the minors. Feliz gave up 13 hits…

  2. Rangers put Tanner Scheppers in rotation, going with Joakim Soria at closer

    Mar 22, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Today was decision day for the Rangers, as manager Ron Washington made some important calls about the composition of his pitching staff. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Washington will put Tanner Scheppers in the rotation and transition Alexi Ogando into a set-up role. In turn, he has opted for Joakim Soria over…

  3. Neftali Feliz’s mechanics are “out of whack”

    Mar 2, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    The Rangers are hoping that Neftali Feliz can retake the closer’s role after Joe Nathan departed for the Tigers, but according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, his mechanics are “out of whack” in the early going. Grant writes that Feliz is not getting his arm extended enough to generate velocity, which is…

  4. 2014 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

    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…

  5. Neftali Feliz is the favorite to close for the Rangers

    Dec 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Tanner Scheppers has expressed his interest in replacing Joe Nathan as the Rangers’ closer in 2014, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com pegs Neftali Feliz as the favorite to return to his former role: Joe Nathan is now with the Tigers and the Rangers will have a new closer in 2014. They will likely settle the…

  6. Report: Rangers, Blue Jays deal fell apart due to physical

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays and Rangers were involved in a three-team deal last month that would have sent reliever Sergio Santos to Texas, but that the deal fell apart because another player failed his physical. Santos would have helped make up for the loss of Joe Nathan to Detroit. He missed…

  7. Rangers will not make qualifying offer to Joe Nathan

    Nov 2, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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    We learned yesterday that Joe Nathan declined his $9.5 million player option with the Rangers in hopes of landing a multi-year contract in free agency. The soon-to-be 39-year-old should be in a favorable position to meet his goal, especially now that teams won’t have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him: With…

  8. Joe Nathan expected to decline 2014 option, become free agent

    Oct 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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    By reaching 55 games finished this season Joe Nathan got the ability to decline his 2014 option and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers expect the veteran closer to do exactly that. Nathan would be turning down $9.5 million for 2014, but he’s looking for a multi-year deal and even at age 38…

  9. Indians win, Rangers win, Rays lose as AL Wild Card intrigue grows

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    The Indians won their ninth consecutive game this afternoon against the Twins, moving into the first of two AL Wild Card slots. They have now won 19 of 24 games since September 3, doing anything and everything necessary to secure themselves the opportunity to advance from the Wild Card play-in game. Starter Scott Kazmir was…

  10. Rays and Indians both win to maintain their respective leads in the AL Wild Card race

    Sep 22, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cleveland Indians

    The Rays defeated the Orioles 3-1 this afternoon behind a strong start from Enny Romero in his Major League debut. The left-hander, who spent most of the season with Double-A Montgomery, shut out the O’s in four and two-thirds innings, allowing just one hit while walking four and failing to record a strikeout. The Rays…

  11. Justin Maxwell hits walk-off grand slam as Royals defeat Rangers, clinch AL West for Athletics

    Sep 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Cleveland Indians

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” was the theme today as Royals outfielder Justin Maxwell hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against the Rangers, clinching the AL West for the Athletics in the process. The Athletics entered the afternoon with a magic number of one, meaning that either a Rangers…

  12. Joe Nathan can void option for 2014, hopes to land multi-year deal

    Sep 21, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that when Rangers closer Joe Nathan reached 55 games finished on Thursday, it triggered a clause which allows him to void a $9.5 million club option for 2014 and test free agency. While the veteran right-hander would like to stay with Texas, his first priority is to get a multi-year…

  13. The AL West race may be over as the Athletics sweep the Rangers

    Sep 15, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    The Athletics won for the 16th time in their last 20 games this afternoon, wrapping up a series sweep over the limping Rangers. The win pushes their lead to 6.5 games with 13 games left to play, effectively wrapping up the division. The Rangers lost their sixth consecutive game and haven’t won consecutive games since…

  14. Rangers open to trading closer Joe Nathan

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal shares this big scoop: Teams in need of a closer soon may have a stunning new possibility to consider. The Texas Rangers have had internal discussions about trading All-Star right-hander Joe Nathan, according to major league sources. If the Rangers proceed, it would be with the idea of dealing from strength and exploiting…

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

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    Orioles' Jones watches his two-run home run off of Yankees closing pitcher Rivera during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Orioles 2, Yankees 1: Even Superman gets beat up once in a while. Adam Jones handed Mariano Rivera his second blown save of the year and the first blown save in Yankee Stadium in a dog’s age when he smacked a two-run homer in the ninth. Speaking of Superman, I finally got around to seeing…

  16. Joakim Soria finally cleared to join Rangers bullpen

    Jul 7, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

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    Joakim Soria agreed to a two-year, $8 million free agent contract with the Rangers in December 2012. And he is finally ready to begin contributing. Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that the right-hander was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday morning and will be in the Rangers’ bullpen for Sunday afternoon’s…

  17. Joakim Soria close to joining Rangers

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Joakim Soria has thrown five scoreless innings while rehabbing in the minors and Master Tesfatsion of MLB.com reports that the once-dominant reliever “could join the Rangers next week.” Soria is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery last spring and has a 7/1 K/BB ratio while allowing just one hit in five appearances. He’d likely…

  18. Joakim Soria begins rehab assignment at Double-A

    Jun 20, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Joakim Soria is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight by throwing an inning at Double-A as he comes back from Tommy John elbow surgery. Master Tesfatsion of MLB.com reports that Soria is expected to make “multiple appearances” at Double-A and the first outing or two will likely be followed by at least a…

  19. Joakim Soria hopes to begin rehab assignment Thursday

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria AP

    The Rangers signed reliever Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million contract over the winter, but he has yet to throw a pitch for the club because he’s still in recovery mode from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. However, they could finally get some bang for their buck soon. Evan Grant of…

  20. Joakim Soria has strained pectoral muscle, not expected to pitch for Rangers until July

    Apr 22, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria AP

    When the Rangers signed reliever Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million contract during the offseason, they were hoping that he would make it back from Tommy John surgery in late May or early June. It turns out that they’ll be waiting a bit longer. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Soria…

  21. Joakim Soria aiming to join Rangers’ bullpen in May

    Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Via Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria was smiling on Sunday, pleased that after throwing three bullpen sessions his arm has felt good. He still feels that some time in May is a realistic target for his return. “I won’t know for sure until I face hitters,” Soria said. “Threw the first few bullpens, everything…

  22. Joakim Soria throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Joakim Soria may not be ready to join the Rangers’ bullpen until late May or early June, but he took a major step today in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Soria threw off a mound today for the first time since going under the knife last April.…

  23. Joakim Soria targeting June return from elbow surgery

    Jan 10, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Texas signed Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million deal to serve as Joe Nathan‘s setup man, but it won’t be for a while. Soria told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s targeting late May or early June for his return from Tommy John elbow surgery. Soria underwent the surgery last April and many…

  24. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  25. Bruce Bochy wants Brian Wilson back with the Giants

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Brian Wilson isn’t happy that the Giants non-tendered him and isn’t wanted by the Dodgers, but manager Bruce Bochy would like the rehabbing right-hander back in San Francisco. “Sometimes these things don’t go as smooth as you would like,” Bochy said, via Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. “You still don’t forget the contributions he made to…

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