Texas Rangers – MLB Trade Rumors https://www.mlbtraderumors.com Fri, 14 Dec 2018 04:15:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.7 Padres Interested In Jurickson Profar https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/nl-west-notes-dodgers-ramos-rox-smoak-desmond-pads-profar.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/nl-west-notes-dodgers-ramos-rox-smoak-desmond-pads-profar.html#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:47:14 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140497
  • Continuing with the Padres, they’ve reached out to the Rangers regarding infielder Jurickson Profar, but the chances of a deal happening are “faint,” Dennis Lin of The Athletic relays (subscription required). Padres general manager A.J. Preller is a fan of Profar from his days as an executive with the Rangers. However, he’s not having much luck prying the 25-year-old Profar and his two remaining seasons of team control from Texas.
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    Brewers Acquire Alex Claudio https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/brewers-to-acquire-alex-claudio.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/brewers-to-acquire-alex-claudio.html#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:56:29 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140448 The Brewers have officially struck a deal with the Rangers to acquire lefty Alex Claudio, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). Texas will receive Milwaukee’s competitive balance pick in the deal, which will deliver the club a draft choice in the range of the 40th overall selection (with the final order yet to be fixed).

    Claudio, 26, has made the most of his arsenal with impeccable command and an uncanny ability to generate groundballs and limit dingers. Over his five seasons of MLB action, the southpaw has averaged 6.2 K/9 against just 1.9 BB/9 with a hefty 62.5% groundball rate.

    While he never seemed likely to hang onto the closer’s role he briefly occupied in 2017, Claudio has mostly been an effective relief arm. His lifetime 3.20 ERA, though, reflects a string of productive seasons that was followed by a 4.48 mark in 2018.

    The Brewers will hope that most recent set of results was unduly influenced by a .366 batting average on balls in play. Claudio did allow more hard contact than usual (36.0%), but Statcast also felt he was unfortunate to carry a .352 wOBA, with the system crediting him with a .315 xwOBA. Though he doesn’t get many strikeouts, Claudio managed an 11.4% swinging-strike rate in 2018.

    Though the Milwaukee relief corps already features one of the game’s most exciting lefties in Josh Hader, he’s utilized as a high-leverage asset. Claudio will presumably serve in more of a specialist role. He has held opposing lefties to a .191/.220/.278 slash over his career.

    The Brewers will take over Claudio’s anticipated arbitration salary, which MLBTR and contributor Matt Swartz project at an affordable $1.3MM. He’ll remain controllable for two more campaigns in the future as well.

    Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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    Rangers, Mets Have Discussed Pitching Swaps https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/market-notes-reds-anibal-phils-rangersmets-mariners.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/market-notes-reds-anibal-phils-rangersmets-mariners.html#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:57:14 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140410
  • It seems the Rangers and Mets have chatted about possible matches over the past few days, with pitching the topic of conversation. MLB.com’s TR Sullivan hints via Twitter that the Texas club would be interested in young hurlers such as David Peterson and Anthony Kay. But the Mets evidently would only be interested in parting with such long-term assets if the Rangers put closer Jose Leclerc on the table. It’s worth noting that, having now already made two significant relief acquisitions, the Mets may be less inclined to do what’d be needed to get the Rangers to cough up the controllable and flame-throwing Leclerc.
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    Rangers Nearing Deal With Lance Lynn https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/rangers-nearing-deal-with-lance-lynn.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/rangers-nearing-deal-with-lance-lynn.html#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:57:00 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140290 The Rangers are nearing a deal with veteran free agent hurler Lance Lynn, according to MLB.com’s TR Sullivan (via Twitter). It’s said to be a rather surprising three-year arrangement with a strong $30MM guarantee, with MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand adding the financial details on Twitter.

    Last winter, Lynn seemed in line for a significant, long-term deal before he settled for a pillow contract with the Twins. After turning in middling results in the ensuing campaign, it did not seem likely he’d get a terribly lengthy arrangement this time around.

    MLBTR predicted a two-year, $16MM pact. That felt terribly rich to anyone that failed to look beneath his 4.77 ERA from 2018. But Lynn did show some intriguing underlying numbers, particularly after landing with the Yankees in a mid-season swap. To be sure, Lynn continued to post suboptimal bottom-line numbers in New York. But he racked up a 61:14 K/BB ratio in his 54 1/3 innings, a notable improvement in that regard over his career numbers that was perhaps linked to some changes in his pitch usage patterns. Lynn also drew grounders at a career-best 49.7% rate over the course of the season.

    There’s also a broader track record to consider. The veteran righty had long turned in impressive campaigns with the Cardinals, never once averaging over four earned per nine in his six seasons in St. Louis and wrapping up his time there with a 3.38 ERA in nearly one thousand frames. Lynn was even typically effective upon returning from Tommy John surgery in 2017. But ERA estimators did not buy into that version of the hurler (4.82 FIP, 4.75 xFIP, 4.85 SIERA), which made it somewhat unsurprising to see his market collapse in the ensuing winter.

    In any event, the market clearly valued Lynn’s impressive late showing with the Yanks this time around, which helps even things out for the former first overall draft pick. It’s the second consecutive season in which the Rangers have given out a reasonably aggressive three-year contract for a starting pitcher, with last winter’s Mike Minor deal working out well thus far.

    Of course, the Texas staff still faces questions, but this move changes the complexion of the unit. In addition to Minor and now Lynn, the Rangers will feature TJ-returnees Drew Smyly and Edinson Volquez. All of those four veterans have had notable successes at times, but each has also endured health issues and performance lapses in the recent past. The Rangers could compete the remaining job among younger pitchers, or might continue dabbling with the utilization of an opener.

    Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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    Athletics Have Spoken With Rangers About Jurickson Profar https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/trade-rumors-realmuto-rays-athletics-profar-rangers.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/trade-rumors-realmuto-rays-athletics-profar-rangers.html#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:25:11 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140286
  • The Athletics have engaged the Rangers in trade talks regarding infielder Jurickson Profar, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). It seems the Oakland organization is scanning the market at second base, as the club is known to have interest in bringing back Jed Lowrie and has also been connected to Ian Kinsler (link) and DJ LeMahieu (link), with veteran Troy Tulowitzki perhaps representing a possibility as well. Rosenthal adds that handing the job to Franklin Barreto remains a possibility, as GM David Forst recently suggested, though it certainly appears that’s not the club’s preference. Profar, who seems to have been around forever but is just 25 years of age, turned in easily his most impressive season to date in 2018, slashing .254/.335/.458 with twenty long balls and ten steals over 594 plate appearances.
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    Rangers Yet To Contact Derek Holland https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/pitching-notes-cueto-kikuchi-holland-happ-howard.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/pitching-notes-cueto-kikuchi-holland-happ-howard.html#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:10:09 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140251
  • The Rangers have yet to check in on Derek Holland, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan (via Twitter).  The club is known to be on the hunt for relatively inexpensive pitching, and the Rangers have at least internally discussed the possibility of trying to lure Holland for another stint in Texas.  Sullivan notes, however, that Holland’s preference would be to remain with the Giants or stay in the National League.
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    Minor MLB Transactions: 12/11/18 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/minor-mlb-transactions-121118.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/minor-mlb-transactions-121118.html#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:55:16 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140156 The latest minor moves from around the league …

    • IF/OF Danny Santana, formerly of the Twins and Braves, has signed a minor league pact with Texas, per Jon Heyman of Fancred on Twitter. Santana, 28, had a brilliant debut season in 2014 with Minnesota, albeit one with an obviously unsustainable .405 BABIP.  He’s been mostly awful since, posting below-replacement-level in figures in three of the last four seasons.  Santana spent most of last season with Triple-A Gwinnett, slashing .264/.294/.497 in 342 plate appearances.
    • The Angels have signed righty Forrest Snow, outfielder Cesar Puello, infielder Wilfredo Tovar, and reliever Matt Ramsey to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training, per MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger. Snow, 29, has spent nine full seasons in the minors without an MLB appearance; in 2018, he struggled with the gopher ball (1.68 HR/9) in 20 starts for Tampa’s AAA affiliate. Puello, 27, has some previous MLB experience with the Angels and Rays and has posted a number of impressive slash lines in the high minors. Last year, he hit .317/.426/.454 in semi-regular time with Triple-A Reno in the Arizona system. Tovar, 27, is a noted defensive wizard at shortstop but offers little at the plate. In his fourth appearance at the AAA level in 2018, he slashed .297/.342/.386 in 389 PA. Ramsey, 29, posted an excellent 10.34 K/9 over 3.06 BB/9 in the hitter-friendly PCL last year, and could be an intriguing early-inning pen option for the Halos next season.
    • The KBO’s NC Dinos have signed former big-leaguer Christian Bethancourt to a one-year deal for $1MM, per the Yonhap News Agency. Bethancourt, 27, was acquired by San Diego in 2016 in hopes of becoming a two-way contributor, but was mostly abysmal on both fronts. The C/IF/OF/P posted an uninspiring 113 wRC+ in the rarefied air of AAA Colorado Springs last season, with forays to the mound mostly suspended for the time being.
    • The Yonhap News Agency also reports that the SK Wyverns of the KBO have re-signed former Pirate reliever Angel Sanchez to a 1-year, $1.2MM deal. Sanchez, 29, last appeared for the Pirates in 2017, following a mostly-solid career in the minors.
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    Rangers Interested In Charlie Morton, Other Starters https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/west-news-rumors-haniger-santana-bumgarner-rangers-morton-rockies-myers.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/west-news-rumors-haniger-santana-bumgarner-rangers-morton-rockies-myers.html#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:07:34 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140118
  • Even though the Rangers are in a rebuild, the club has “strong interest” in 35-year-old right-hander Charlie Morton, Jeff Wilson of the Star Telegram reports. Morton spent the previous two seasons in Texas, where he did brilliant work for the Astros. He’s not the only veteran starter on Texas’ list, as tweets from TR Sullivan of MLB.com and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News indicate the team has at least discussed J.A. Happ, Lance Lynn, Yusei Kikuchi, Shelby Miller, Martin Perez, Derek Holland, Nate Karns and Sam Howard.
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    Latest On J.A. Happ, Lance Lynn https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/j-a-happ-rumors-tuesday.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/j-a-happ-rumors-tuesday.html#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 01:41:20 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140001 7:41pm: Both Happ and former teammate Lance Lynn are “engaged with” the Astros, Yankees, Reds, Rangers and Blue Jays, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweets. Happ’s also continuing to draw the attention of the Phillies, while Lynn has received interest from the White Sox, according to Feinsand.

    9:53am: It has seemed for the past few days that veteran lefty J.A. Happ could be the next domino to fall in the starting pitching market, and there are signs this morning that talks are advancing. Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets that Happ’s market is “heating up,” while Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports on Twitter that Happ is sitting on multiple two-year offers.

    The key question remains whether Happ will secure a guaranteed third season. Passan says that he has yet to receive such an offer. Happ’s representatives have “indicated he’ll sign with the first” team that meets that asking price, however, so it seems possible that something could come together swiftly.

    Entering the offseason, MLBTR predicted that Happ would indeed secure that third season in a new deal, riding his solid recent track record to a $48MM guarantee. There certainly seems to be sufficient interest to support such an outcome, though organizations are understandably hesitant to commit to Happ through his age-38 campaign.

    To this point, the Phillies, Braves, Yankees, Brewers, Reds, Angels, Astros, Twins, Blue Jays, and White Sox have all been connected to Happ. It’s certainly not impossible to imagine a few other organizations with possible interest as well, though at present it’s tough to gauge the likeliest landing spots.

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    Carlos Asuaje Drawing Interest From Japan https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/position-player-rumors-brantley-manny-chisox-phils-ny-ramos-tulo-dj.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/position-player-rumors-brantley-manny-chisox-phils-ny-ramos-tulo-dj.html#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 01:36:26 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140091
  • Infielder Carlos Asuaje, whom the Rangers claimed off waivers from the Padres on Monday, is drawing interest from Japan, Heyman reports. It’s unclear, however, whether Texas would enable Asuaje to leave. The Rangers would probably need financial compensation for that to happen, Heyman posits.
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    Rangers Talking To Braves, Mets https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/trade-rumors-santana-rockies-reds-puig-ender-rangers-mets-nats.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/trade-rumors-santana-rockies-reds-puig-ender-rangers-mets-nats.html#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:14:05 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140071
  • The Rangers have engaged in trade discussions with both the Braves and Mets, TR Sullivan of MLB.com tweets. Unsurprisingly, pitching-starved Texas is seeking young and controllable arms, according to Sullivan, who notes that the Braves and Mets are looking for outfield help. However, New York’s seeking a right-handed outfielder, as Sullivan points out, and the Rangers’ most notable outfielders (Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo) are lefty-swingers.
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    Rangers Acquire Patrick Wisdom From Cardinals For Drew Robinson, Add Brandon McCarthy To Front Office https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/rangers-acquire-patrick-wisdom-from-cardinals-for-drew-robinson.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/rangers-acquire-patrick-wisdom-from-cardinals-for-drew-robinson.html#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:02:56 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=140073 The Rangers have acquired third baseman Patrick Wisdom from the Cardinals for infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson, according to an announcement from Texas. Additionally, the Rangers have hired former major league right-hander Brandon McCarthy as special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.

    Wisdom, 27, was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012, though he didn’t reach the majors until last season. He impressed over a small sample of work, hitting .260/.362/.520 with four home runs in 58 plate appearances. In Texas, the former well-regarded prospect may have an opportunity to receive quite a bit of work at third base, as the club lost Adrian Beltre to retirement and may trade Jurickson Profar this offseason. Playing time would have continued to be hard for Wisdom to come by in St. Louis, which boasts Matt Carpenter as its starting third baseman and has quality depth in the form of Jedd Gyorko (if he’s not dealt), Yairo Munoz and now Robinson.

    The 26-year-old Robinson will give the Cardinals the lefty-hitting utility player they’d been seeking, having garnered big league experience at second, third, shortstop and all three outfield positions. Robinson hasn’t hit much, however, with a .204/.301/.366 slash and nine HRs in 246 trips to the plate. He did rake at the Triple-A level last season, though.

    As for McCarthy, he’s shifting to a front office position immediately after the end of his playing career and returning to the Rangers, with whom he pitched from 2007-09. The 35-year-old spent the final season of his career with the Braves, his seventh team in a big league tenure that was productive but marred by injuries. McCarthy was someone who embraced analytics throughout his pitching career, helping make him a logical choice for a front office role in his post-playing days.

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    Rangers Claim Carlos Asuaje https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/rangers-claim-carlos-asuaje.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/rangers-claim-carlos-asuaje.html#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:31:29 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=139866 The Rangers have claimed infielder Carlos Asuaje off waivers from the Padres, per a club announcement. The San Diego club had designated Asuaje for assignment recently.

    It’s unclear just how Asuaje will fit into the Texas roster mix. He’s mostly a second baseman by trade, a position that ought to be filled regularly by Rougned Odor. Asuaje has also seen some time in the minors at third base, though Jurickson Profar presently profiles as the everyday piece there. All of these players hit from the left side, though Profar is also a switch-hitter, and have historically performed much better against right-handed pitching.

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    Rangers Notes: Leclerc, Profar, Ballpark https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/west-rumors-d-backs-ray-rox-ms-santana-rangers-leclerc.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/west-rumors-d-backs-ray-rox-ms-santana-rangers-leclerc.html#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:13:11 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=139809
  • It doesn’t seem the rebuilding Rangers have any untouchables on their roster, TR Sullivan of MLB.com relays, as president Jon Daniels indicated Sunday that the team’s main goal is to improve its long-term outlook. The Rangers are “not looking to move these guys, but we are open on a lot of things,” Daniels said of their top players. Dominant reliever Jose Leclerc, who’s controllable through 2022, clearly stands out as one of Texas’ most valuable trade chips. Many teams have inquired about Leclerc, 24, but the Rangers have discussed extending him in a deal that would buy out free-agent years, Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram reports. Like Leclerc, infielder Jurickson Profar ranks as one of the Rangers’ most appealing players, though he only has another two years of control left. If the Rangers market Profar, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News observes that he could be of particular interest to teams that lose out on the Manny Machado derby in free agency.
  • More on the Rangers, who are trying to entice free agents with their forthcoming new ballpark, Daniels revealed (via Wilson). Regarding Globe Life Field, which will open in 2020, Daniels said: “It’s part of the story. We’ve talked more about the amenities we’re going to have. It’s going to be a place that players are going to want to play.” Daniels conceded, however, that there are other factors which outweigh the quality of a team’s ballpark – including finances, the happiness of the player’s family and whether the team chasing him is in position to win.
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    Giants Could Re-Sign Martin Perez, Adrian Sampson https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/pitching-rumors-bosox-ottavino-giants-kikuchi-rangers.html https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/pitching-rumors-bosox-ottavino-giants-kikuchi-rangers.html#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:09:25 +0000 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=139797
  • The pitching-needy Rangers have interest in re-signing lefty Martin Perez and righty Adrian Sampson, according to TR Sullivan of MLB.com. Texas moved on from both hurlers last month, at least temporarily, as it declined Perez’s $7.5MM option in favor of a $1MM buyout and non-tendered Sampson. Perez, 27, has been a passable back-end starter at times, but he endured a horrid 2018. Sampson, also 27, hasn’t experienced much big league success over a limited sample of work (27 2/3 innings). He spent most of last season at the Triple-A level.
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