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  1. Frank Francisco likely to accept arbitration, return to Rangers

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Tomorrow night is the deadline for Type A and Type B free agents to accept or decline their teams’ arbitration offers. For the most part it’s merely a procedural deadline, as nearly all the free agents will decline the offer on their way to the open market, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Frank…

  2. UPDATE: Rangers hire Thad Bosley as new hitting coach

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: As expected, the Rangers have hired Bosley as their new hitting coach. ========== After one season as Texas’ hitting coach Clint Hurdle was hired as Pittsburgh’s manager and now the Rangers are interviewing five different candidates to replace him: Thad Bosley, Ty Van Burkleo, Scott Coolbaugh, Luis Ortiz, Johnny Narron. Rangers hitting coach is…

  3. Brandon McCarthy “scouted heavily” by at least six teams

    Nov 22, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

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    Once upon a time Brandon McCarthy was considered a top pitching prospect and in December of 2006 the White Sox traded him to the Rangers for John Danks and Nick Masset. That trade didn’t exactly work out well for Texas, in part because of Danks’ emergence as one of the league’s best southpaws and in…

  4. Gardenhire tops Washington for AL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Ron Gardenhire finished runner-up for Manager of the Year in five of his first eight seasons as the Twins’ skipper, including each of the past two seasons. Today he finally claimed the award for the first time, receiving 16 of 28 first-place votes to top Ron Washington of the Rangers and Joe Maddon of the…

  5. Neftali Feliz beats Austin Jackson for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    Rangers closer Neftali Feliz topped Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting, receiving 20 of 28 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. There will no doubt be considerably more debate about Buster Posey topping Jason Heyward in the NL, but the AL version is also…

  6. Rangers “could end up being first in line” for Zack Greinke

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Waiting for Cliff Lee to choose his long-term home makes it tough for the Rangers to pull off any big moves in the meantime, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that general manager Jon Daniels is in the market for rotation help and “could end up being first in line” for Zack Greinke if the…

  7. Vladimir Guerrero’s undeserved Silver Slugger award

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Admittedly no one really cares about the Silver Slugger awards, so I’m not sure why I care enough to write about them, but Vladimir Guerrero being the pick at designated hitter is pretty clearly the wrong choice. Guerrero had a good season, hitting .300 with 29 homers and an .841 OPS, but he just wasn’t…

  8. Don’t expect a decision from Cliff Lee any time soon

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Not surprisingly, Cliff Lee’s agent said yesterday that the free agent left-hander will likely take his sweet time fielding offers before deciding on a long-term home. Here’s what Darek Braunecker told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News: Historically, these deals take some time. We don’t handicap the timing of this stuff, but we…

  9. Rangers starter Scott Feldman undergoes knee surgery

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Scott Feldman went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 2009 and parlayed the career-year into a three-year, $14 million contract, but declined to 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA this season and was left off the Rangers’ playoff roster. Today he underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee and will be out of action for three…

  10. Rangers sign manager Ron Washington to two-year contract

    Nov 4, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Shortly after the World Series ended Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced that signing manager Ron Washington to a new contract was the team’s first offseason priority and sure enough the two sides agreed to a deal today. Washington gets a two-year contract after leading the Rangers to their first playoff appearance since 1999 and…

  11. Would you believe the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team” for Cliff Lee?

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team in the competition to land” Cliff Lee, quoting “one baseball insider” as saying: “They’re going to step up and try to get a top free agent. They’d like to make a splash.” Perhaps, but the odds of the top free agent on…

  12. State taxes could play a factor in Cliff Lee choosing between Rangers and Yankees

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    While speculation swirls about how much Cliff Lee enjoyed his time in Texas and how much his wife disliked her time in New York, an overlooked factor in his free agent decision-making could be state income taxes. Darren Rovell of CNBC wrote a very interesting article examining the differences in taxes Lee would pay depending…

  13. Rangers decline $9 million option on Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

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    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have declined their $9 million option on Vladimir Guerrero for 2011. While perhaps surprising to some based on his big name and 115-RBI season, Guerrero simply wasn’t a $9 million player in 2010 and at age 36 was unlikely to be any better in 2011. He struggled…

  14. Will the Rangers bring back Vladimir Guerrero for $9 million?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Vladimir Guerrero’s poor postseason performance has people questioning if the Rangers should exercise their half of his $9 million mutual option for 2011, but the truth is that should have been in question well before the playoffs even began. Guerrero went 13-for-59 (.220) with zero homers and a measly .513 OPS in the playoffs, striking…

  15. Pat Burrell rejoins Giants lineup, but not as cleanup hitter

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the World Series: GIANTS RANGERS 1. Andres Torres, RF 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Buster Posey, C 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Cody Ross, LF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Juan Uribe, 3B 5. Nelson Cruz, RF 6. Aubrey…

  16. Rangers replace injured Alexi Ogando with Dustin Nippert

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Rangers have removed Alexi Ogando from the playoff roster following his oblique injury last night and replaced him with Dustin Nippert. It’s a tough break for the Rangers, who were already without their top right-handed setup man in Frank Francisco. Ogando emerged as a viable alternative with a 1.30 ERA in 41.2…

  17. Ron Washington has used Neftali Feliz in a close game just once all postseason

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last night I criticized Ron Washington for allowing a two-run deficit to turn into a blowout loss while closer Neftali Feliz sat in the bullpen unused, but it was far from the first time the Rangers’ manager has failed to get his best reliever into a close game. In fact, Game 3 of the ALDS…

  18. Blister unlikely to keep C.J. Wilson from Game 6 start, but super glue may get him in trouble

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    C.J. Wilson was forced out of his Game 2 start in the seventh inning by a blister on his left middle finger, explaining afterward that it “just ripped open” and kept him from being able to “throw anything beside the curveball for a strike” to Cody Ross, who walked leading off the inning. Wilson explained…

  19. Pitchers’ duel turns into a laugher as Giants take 2-0 lead

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

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    You wouldn’t know it by the lopsided 9-0 final score, but Game 2 of the World Series was actually an outstanding pitchers’ duel for six-and-half innings Thursday night. Seriously. Matt Cain extended his postseason scoreless streak to 21.1 innings with his third straight gem and C.J. Wilson nearly matched him pitch for pitch before exiting…

  20. Rangers bench Vladimir Guerrero for Game 2

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Vladimir Guerrero made a rare appearance in the outfield last night because the Rangers were playing under NL rules in San Francisco, but after multiple miscues defensively manager Ron Washington has decided to bench the nine-time All-Star and former MVP for Game 2 tonight. David Murphy replaces Guerrero in the lineup and will start in…

  21. Historically speaking, how bad was Cliff Lee last night?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee turning in a clunker last night was a huge surprise, but how does his disappointing performance compare to some of the worst Game 1 efforts in World Series history? Based on Game Score, which is a Bill James invention that uses various aspects of a pitcher’s performance to calculate one number representing the…

  22. Jon Daniels on report that he asked the Mets to wait for him: “Complete bull”

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Last week Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported that Rangers general manager and New York native Jon Daniels had “communicated through back channels that he hoped the Mets would wait until after the World Series” to replace Omar Minaya as GM, leading to speculation that he was interested in hopping from Texas…

  23. World Series Game 1: Rangers lineup versus Tim Lincecum

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against Tim Lincecum: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, RF 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Bengie Molina, C 8. Mitch Moreland, 1B 9. Cliff Lee, P Playing under NL rules…

  24. Rangers missed out on drafting Tim Lincecum by two spots

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has an interesting story about how the Rangers nearly ended up with Tim Lincecum. Texas had the 12th overall pick in Jon Daniels’ first draft as general manager back in 2006 and “had identified the diminutive, hard-throwing right-hander from Washington as the club’s No. 1 target.” According to…

  25. Rangers drop Clay Rapada from roster, add Mark Lowe

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    San Francisco made no changes to its roster for the World Series, but Texas made a minor switch in the bullpen by dropping left-hander Clay Rapada and replacing him with right-hander Mark Lowe. Rapada was added to the ALCS roster to help combat the Yankees’ left-handed hitters, and particularly Robinson Cano, but he failed to…

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