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Rangers' Josh Sale: Re-signs on MiLB deal
Sale re-signed with the Rangers on a minor-league contract Jan. 23.
Sale was a first-round selection by the Rays in 2010 who has been suspended on numerous occasions throughout his professional career. He posted a .762 OPS across 236 at-bats over 72 games with Triple-A Round Rock last season. The 31-year-old will provide the Rangers with organizational depth again in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Bernardo Flores: Catches on with Rangers
Flores signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Friday.
Flores made a total of three relief appearances from 2020-21 for the White Sox and Cardinals. He split time in 2022 between the Mexican League and Triple-A Louisville in the Reds organization. The lefty will give the Rangers some potential swingman depth.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Could be in closer mix
Rangers GM Chris Young said Saturday that Hernandez "could be a closer" for the club in 2023, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Jose Leclerc, who finished 2022 as Texas' closer, is likely the current frontrunner for the job and was the first of many names mentioned by Young, but Hernandez was the next man brought up by the new GM. Hernandez returned from a lengthy absence last season after he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2021 and had a 2.97 ERA with four saves across 30.1 innings, but he struggled with his command at times and had a 13.0 percent walk rate. The right-hander may not open 2023 as the Rangers' primary closer, but Hernandez should have a high-leverage role and is likely to receive some save chances at some point.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Closer frontrunner
Leclerc appears to be the frontrunner to open the season as closer for the Rangers, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
As Weaver notes, Leclerc finished the 2022 season on a high note after returning from Tommy John surgery with a 2.83 ERA, 54:21 K:BB and seven saves. While he should be considered the favorite, Rangers general manager Chris Young mentioned several options as potential stoppers, including Jonathan Hernandez, Ian Kennedy and Joe Barlow. Leclerc will need to perform well in the Cactus League, but right now, he seems like the Texas reliever to target in fantasy for those searching for saves.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Variety of roles possible
Burke and the Rangers discussed a return to the rotation earlier in the offseason, and he's now being considered for the closer spot as well, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
While the Rangers seemingly aren't certain how they'll use Burke next season, it's clear they like him quite a bit. It's easy to see why, as he recorded a 1.97 ERA last season in 82.1 innings of relief, backing that number up with a 27.4 percent strikeout rate and 7.3 percent walk rate. He was a starter in the minors and regularly threw multiple innings last season, so it could make sense for the Rangers to stretch him out and have him ready as the top fill-in should any of their starters' long injury histories get even longer. Given his success in relief, however, it could make sense for the Rangers to keep him in the bullpen, where he'll compete with Jose Leclerc, Jonathan Hernandez and potentially others for saves.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jackson Frazier: Catches on with Texas
Frazier agreed Friday to a minor-league contract with the Rangers that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Frazier hit just .216/.356/.297 in his 45 major-league plate appearances in the 2022 season with the Cubs. The former top prospect will compete for a bench spot with the Rangers in the Cactus League.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Travis Jankowski: Gets NRI from Texas
Jankowski signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Friday and received an invitation to major-league spring training.
Jankowski only managed a .445 OPS in 64 plate appearances last season with the Mets and Mariners. That number became a little more respectable in Triple-A (.679 OPS), though the odds of him making an impact in the majors remain extremely slim.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Danny Duffy: Signs on with Rangers
Duffy (forearm) agreed Friday to a minor-league contract with the Rangers and received an invitation to major-league spring training, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Duffy's $7 million club option for 2023 was declined by the Dodgers in November after he was unable to pitch at all in 2022 due to forearm issues. The left-hander did pitch well in 2021 with a 2.51 ERA over 61 innings for Kansas City, and if he can stay reasonably healthy, he could be a significant asset for the Texas pitching staff. For fantasy purposes he carries at least as much risk as potential reward, however.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Signs with Texas
Kennedy signed a deal with the Rangers on Thursday, he announced on his personal Instagram account.
Kennedy struggled mightily in 2022 and posted a 5.36 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 50.1 innings. As a result, his $4 million option was declined by Arizona, though he'll look to bounce back with the Rangers -- a team he had plenty of success with in 2021. Kennedy has picked up double-digit saves in three of the last four seasons, though he'll likely enter the campaign behind at least Jose Leclerc for the closer role.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Reyes Moronta: Gets minor-league deal with Rangers
Moronta agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
The deal includes an invitation to big-league spring training, where Moronta will look to earn a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster. The right-hander appeared in 39 games with the Diamondbacks and Dodgers last season, producing a 4.30 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 38 strikeouts over 37.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jacob Barnes: Signs NRI with Texas
Barnes signed Wednesday with the Rangers on a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to MLB spring training.
Barnes registered a 6.10 ERA with a 10:9 K:BB over 20.2 frames in 22 appearances with the Tigers and Yankees in 2022. He'll battle for a bullpen spot with the Rangers in the Cactus League, but Barnes hasn't been an effective MLB relief option over the past few seasons.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Heading to Texas
Tsutsugo signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee Sunday.
Tsutsugo appeared in 50 major-league games with the Pirates last year but hit just .171 with two homers, 19 RBI and 11 runs. He had to settle for a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays over the final few months of the season and will attempt to carve out a role with the Rangers during big-league spring training in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Sebastian Walcott: Signs for $3.2M
Walcott signed with the Rangers on Sunday for $3.2 million, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Walcott's bonus will be north of seven figures but south of $4 million given that the Rangers had only $4.144 million to work with for their international signing class. That said, Walcott is one of the more in-demand prospects from this class for dynasty leagues due to his plus power and above-average speed. Hailing from the Bahamas, the 6-foot-3 shortstop gets compared to countryman Jazz Chisholm, but he will need to show that his hit tool is ready for pro pitching.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brett Martin: Set for surgery
Martin will undergo surgery on his left shoulder next week, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Martin hit the injured list in late September with a left shoulder strain. The fact that he's only now getting surgery nearly four months later suggests the issue may have gotten worse while he attempted to get ready for the upcoming season. An exact timeline for his return has yet to be offered by the Rangers, though the lefty is expected to miss most of the 2023 season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Settles at $1.275 million
Hernandez signed a one-year, $1.275 million contract with the Rangers on Friday to avoid arbitration, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Recovery from a Tommy John procedure in April 2021 kept Hernandez from playing last season until mid-July, but he was effective after he returned. In 30.1 innings, he recorded a 2.97 ERA and 1.42 WHIP -- good enough to keep him in a setup role to start 2023.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Nathaniel Lowe: Avoids arbitration
Lowe avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $4.05 million contract with the Rangers on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Lowe had a career year in 2022, slashing .302/.358/.492 over 645 plate appearances while hitting 27 home runs and driving in 76 RBI. He started all but nine games as the Rangers' first baseman, with his ability to handle same-side pitching -- he posted a .920 OPS against lefties in 2022 -- making him even more of a reliable fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Taylor Hearn: Reaches deal with Texas
Hearn agreed to a one-year contract with the Rangers on Friday to avoid arbitration.
Hearn worked as a swingman for the Rangers last season with 13 starts in 31 appearances, and he had a 5.13 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 97:43 K:BB across 100 innings. Texas has significantly revamped its rotation during the offseason, so the 28-year-old will likely be limited to a relief role in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brett Martin: Avoids arbitration
Martin (shoulder) and the Rangers agreed on a one-year, $1.275 million contract Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Martin and the team were able to avoid dealing with the arbitration process. The left-hander ended the 2022 season on the 15-day injured list with a shoulder injury, and he recently suffered a setback that will affect his availability for most of the 2023 campaign. Martin will require surgery and should be considered out indefinitely until the team releases a recovery timeline.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Zack Littell: Signs minor-league deal
Littell signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Thursday, Kiley McDaniel of ESPN.com reports.
Littell will be in big-league camp as a non-roster invitee. The 27-year-old was highly effective out of the Giants' bullpen in 2021 before stumbling to a 5.08 ERA in 2022. He should have a decent chance to win a middle-relief role in Texas.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Sandy Leon: Lands NRI from Rangers
Leon (knee) signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Leon, who underwent meniscus surgery on his right knee in October, is probably in line to begin the season at Triple-A Round Rock unless the Rangers are willing to carry three catchers. The 33-year-old saw action in 33 games for the Guardians and Twins in 2022, producing a .509 OPS.... See More ... See Less
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