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  1. Lance Berkman is retiring

    Jan 29, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Lance Berkman was said to be leaning toward retirement all offseason and now Richard Justice of reports that the 37-year-old switch-hitter has decided to call it a career after 15 seasons in the majors. Berkman often gets lost in the shuffle when talking about the best hitters of this era, but he was a…

  2. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    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…

  3. Lance Berkman is “leaning toward retirement”

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Pirates recently got in touch with Lance Berkman to express some interest, but his “agent says he’s leaning toward retirement” at age 37. Texas declined its $12 million option on Berkman for 2014 after he missed half the season with injuries and didn’t hit much,…

  4. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  5. Rangers decline Lance Berkman’s option for 2014

    Oct 31, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Last offseason the Rangers signed Lance Berkman to a one-year, $11 million deal, but he was healthy enough to play just 73 games and hit .240 with a career-worst .700 OPS. As expected Texas declined his $12 million option for 2014, instead giving Berkman a $1 million buyout and making him a free agent again…

  6. So, what’s the market for Billy Butler anyway?

    Oct 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Josh Phegley, Jerry Meals, Billy Butler

    This kind of doubles as a “what’s the market for Kendrys Morales?” post, too. Anyway, the Royals have let it be known that Billy Butler is available, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Had they done this a year ago, they would have been in line for a nice return. Now? Probably not so much. Butler…

  7. Rangers have no answer for the Rays’ stars

    Sep 30, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    The simple fact is that things lined up better for the Rays than they did for the Rangers in Monday’s one-game playoff. With no maneuvering necessary, the Rays had their 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, David Price, ready to the take the mound. The Rangers, having used Yu Darvish on Sunday, were forced to…

  8. It’s great to have the Pirates back

    Sep 24, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura

    At some point in the eighth inning, I remember going out to concourse of old Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta and watching Atlanta Braves fans slowly shuffle toward the exits and their cars and another long baseball off-season. It is all well and good to say that baseball fans should stay to the end but…

  9. Rangers activate Lance Berkman and Neftali Feliz

    Sep 1, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi comes word that the Rangers have activated Lance Berkman and Neftali Feliz from their respective disabled list stints as part of a collection of roster moves coinciding with the September 1 expansion of major league rosters. Berkman has been sidelined since the first week of July with hip and knee…

  10. Lance Berkman waiting until September to rejoin Rangers

    Aug 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    berkman getty

    Lance Berkman has been on the disabled list since July 7 with hip and knee problems, but the veteran designated hitter said yesterday that he’ll wait until at least September 1 to be activated by Texas. Berkman explained to T.R. Sullivan of that waiting until rosters expand will make things easier on the Rangers,…

  11. Rangers release Manny Ramirez

    Aug 13, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is remains on the disabled list, but they still weren’t impressed enough by Manny Ramirez to give him a shot in the majors and instead have released the 41-year-old from Triple-A. Ramirez hit .259 with three homers and a .698 OPS in 30 games for Round Rock, including a measly…

  12. Lance Berkman homers, singles in rehab debut

    Aug 11, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

    berkman getty

    There was talk last month about Lance Berkman retiring early due to lingering concerns about his hip and surgically-repaired right knee. But that turned out to be total nonsense and the veteran first baseman is now making strides toward a mid-August return. According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Berkman hit a solo…

  13. Rangers put in waiver claim for Alex Rios

    Aug 8, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Alex Rios

    Just before the July 31 trade deadline the Pirates were said to be close to acquiring Alex Rios from the White Sox, but that deal fizzled and now like most players this month Rios was placed on waivers. Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Rangers were awarded the waiver claim on Rios, which means…

  14. Lance Berkman running at 50 percent, not ready for rehab

    Aug 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Lance Berkman is working his way back from a hip injury, but the Rangers designated hitter still has no timetable for beginning a minor-league rehab assignment a month after being placed on the disabled list. Berkman told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram that he’s currently running at around 50 percent effectiveness, adding:…

  15. Lance Berkman: not done yet

    Aug 1, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    berkman getty

    Lance Berkman‘s knee is a mess and he’s hinted that his race may be run.  But he’s still going to try to rehab it: Rangers Lance Berkman feels optimistic. Ran at 50% today. His goal is rehab assignment around Aug. 8-9. “I’m coming back.” — Anthony Andro (@aandro) August 1, 2013   Legitimate improvement? A…

  16. Lance Berkman admits he might be done

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

    berkman getty

    Lance Berkman hasn’t played since July 6 due to hip inflammation and he recently began experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired right knee. It might be over for the decorated 37-year-old. Berkman, who finished with MVP votes in seven different seasons and won a World Series in 2011 with the Cardinals, admitted to Anthony Andro of…

  17. The Rangers are considering bringing back Michael Young

    Jul 26, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    Somewhere Evan Grant is dancing with glee. Jon Heyman reports: The Rangers are focused on outfielders at the moment, but they’ve talked at least internally about the possibility of trying to bring back former Rangers star Michael Young, according to sources. Young is hitting .278/.342/.405 on the season, though it has been kind of up and down for…

  18. Passan: No Manny Ramirez callup on the way

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT


    Sources tell Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan that the Rangers have no plans to call up Manny Ramirez, even with regular designated hitter Lance Berkman making little progress with his leg problems and weighing retirement. Ramirez went 1-for-4 on Thursday and is hitting .250/.318/.417 with three homers in 15 games for Triple-A Round Rock as he…

  19. Lance Berkman’s knee problems have him thinking about retirement

    Jul 25, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Lance Berkman is currently on the disabled list with left hip inflammation, but his surgically-repaired right knee is the bigger issue right now. In fact, he tells Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News that he has considered shutting it down for the rest of the season or even retiring if he doesn’t make progress…

  20. Rangers have “no plans” to call up Manny Ramirez

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT


    Manny Ramirez is 9-for-30 (.300) with three homers and a .964 OPS in nine games at Triple-A, but T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers have “no plans to bring him to the big leagues after the All-Star game.” Lance Berkman is expected back from the disabled list next week, at which point the…

  21. Manny Ramirez hit another homer last night in Triple-A

    Jul 13, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez had another good game for Triple-A Round Rock last night, as he went 3-for-5 and delivered a go-ahead solo home run in the ninth inning. Check out the video of the home run below. Ramirez, who turned 41 in May, joined the Rangers earlier this month on a minor league deal. He’s hitting…

  22. Manny Ramirez had a big night in Triple-A

    Jul 10, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT


    MannyWatch: MbM went 2 for 4 with a home run, two runs, a walk and three RBI in last night’s Round Rock win. That, combined with Lance Berkman being all gimpy could mean that Manny’s return is closer than we imagined. And thank God for that. Baseball is gonna need a big marketable star on the…

  23. Hip injury sends Lance Berkman to the disabled list

    Jul 8, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Lance Berkman managed to stay off the disabled list despite injuring his knee last week, but the 37-year-old designated hitter tweaked his hip running to first base Saturday and the Rangers placed him on the shelf. Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated that the combination of injuries gave Berkman little chance to be productive, so the…

  24. All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch: AMERICAN LEAGUE FIRST BASE 1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703 2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681 3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420 4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281 5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675 SECOND BASE 1. Robinson Cano, Yankees,…

  25. Marty Brennaman slags Saberists, Joey Votto’s lack of RBI

    Jun 22, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    joey votto ap

    “Saber people get all worked up over BB’s, Joey Votto is paid to drive in runs, and he’s on pace for 80 RBI.”-Marty B, 700 WLW #Reds — Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) June 22, 2013 It’s not just the walks that make Saberists praise Joey Votto, though. Entering tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, Votto was hitting…

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