Adrian Beltre has a full no-trade clause and is reportedly only willing to waive it to play for a contender, which is exactly what the Atlanta Braves are at this point. Does that mean the Braves and Texas Rangers could work out a deal?
According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Rangers and Braves have discussed a trade that would send Beltre to Atlanta. Beltre has not said publicly whether he would be open to playing for the Braves, and Morosi has been told he would prefer to either return to the Boston Red Sox or be sent to the Houston Astros or Cleveland Indians.
The Braves already have a full-time third baseman in Johan Camargo, but it’s possible Atlanta could be interested in a platoon in which Beltre faces left-handed pitching.
Beltre, 39, is hitting .292 this year with five home runs and 33 RBI. He’s having an impressive season given how old he is, and he could potentially help a playoff contender like the Red Sox, who just sent regular third baseman Rafael Devers to the disabled list.
Calhoun, 23, was the blue chip prospect acquired by the Rangers from the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year’s Yu Darvish trade. He made his major league debut late last season (hitting .265 in 13 games) and has been batting .306 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs for Class AAA Round Rock this season.
The Rangers are last in the AL West at 41-56, and some of their veterans sure sound like they may be checked out. Now is as good a time as any for the team to embrace a youth movement and get players like Calhoun some reps.
The Texas Rangers demoted a pitcher to the minor leagues in a disciplinary measure, and a report says it was related to a late night out.
Texas announced on Tuesday that pitcher Yohander Mendez was sent down to Triple-A Round Rock and will not make his scheduled start on Wednesday. Mendez, 23, got hammered in his start on Friday and was looking to rebound on Wednesday.
Mendez and teammate Rougned Odor were out late with some Royals players at a Kansas City establishment after Monday’s game, according to several sources. Apparently, the night on the town got out of hand for Mendez, which prompted the move.
The team said the demotion was for a violation of team rules. GM Jon Daniels also mentioned that this is part of a maturity lesson the team is trying to teach. Odor was benched for Tuesday’s game, though the team did not specify if it was related to the night out with Mendez.
Mendez is 0-1 with a 14.73 ERA in the majors over 3.2 innings. He wasn’t doing much better in the minors, as he was 0-6 with a 5.26 ERA.
A fight broke out on Wednesday night between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers after a collision at the plate.
Matt Kemp was on second with two outs and was trying to score on a single to right. As he approached the plate, Robinson Chirinos was holding the ball in his way, so Kemp tried to knock him over. Kemp gave Chirinos a shove, and players from both sides came in to get involved.
The only Texas starter to post an ERA under 4 in 2017 was Andrew Cashner, who is a free agent. Not even Yu Darvish did it before they traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rangers clearly see themselves as capable of jumping straight back into contention if the can fix up their pitching issues. They’ll face stiff competition for both, particularly for Cobb, who is very interested in another organization.
The Texas Rangers have come under fire for their seeming refusal to accommodate the Houston Astros in a time of crisis, but the team’s general manager says there is more to the story than the way it has been presented.
On Monday, Astros president Reid Ryan said in a statement that his team’s three-game series against Texas this week has been moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., because the Rangers were unwilling to cooperate with a proposed plan.
#Astros & Rangers will play their upcoming series at Tropicana Field in St.Petersburg, Fla because Rangers refused to play ball w/the Astros pic.twitter.com/h5TSfWmCCf
Rangers GM Jon Daniels defended his team late Monday night, noting that Texas was willing to play the series in any ballpark — including Globe Life Park in Arlington — but did not want to take three future home games away from their ticket holders.
“We were prepared to make the event all about hurricane relief and helping our neighbors. It had nothing to do with looking for a competitive advantage,” Daniels said, per Stefan Stevenson of the Star-Telegram. “That’s an inaccurate portrayal.”
With Houston currently dealing with devastating flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the Astros had proposed playing this week’s series in Arlington and moving the Sept. 25-27 series, which is scheduled to be played in Texas, to Houston.
“We didn’t feel it was right to give our fans 24 hours notice that their tickets in late September were now good this week,” Daniels said. “We were willing to play this series anywhere the Astros and MLB wanted, including here in Arlington.
“The bigger issue, really the only issue, is what’s going on in South Texas right now. People have lost their homes, in some cases their lives. We don’t want to distract from that debating about where a baseball game is played.”
Several people have died and thousands more have lost everything they own as a result of the devastating storm. Fortunately, people from all around the sports world and elsewhere have come forward to aid in the recovery efforts.
Major League Baseball is facing a logistical challenge as rains from Hurricane Harvey are likely to force the Houston Astros to move their upcoming series with the Texas Rangers.
The likely destination for the series is Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, with the city of Houston dealing with catastrophic flooding and in no shape to host ballgames. For those asking why the series doesn’t simply move to Arlington, FOX Sports’s Ken Rosenthal explained, via an MLB official.
Why #Rangers, #Astros likely headed for the Trop, per MLB official: Flip-flopping home/road series not as easy as it sounds. 1/2
There does appear to be a clear favorite in Darvish talks, though the situation is fluid and could easily change in the hours leading up to the deadline. Some teams are going to be a bit hesitant due to a reported high asking price, but with Darvish coming up on free agency, it makes a lot of sense for Texas to move him.
The Texas Rangers are trying to decide if they want to trade Yu Darvish or not as they continue to flirt with wild card contention, and there’s a growing sense that they would be willing to move the starting pitcher if the price is right.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has been calling teams and informing them Texas is open to trading Darvish in “the right deal.” However, Daniels has been careful not to sound desperate and has told teams the Rangers are content to keep their right-hander if the asking price is not met.
The inconsistency the Rangers have shown all season has continued after the All-Star break, and they’re currently 48-51. They’re 3.5 games out of the AL wild card race, so their playoff hopes remain alive. Texas now trails the Houston Astros by a whopping 18 games in the AL West.
A lot can change in the next week, especially with how inconsistent the Rangers have been this year. Winning the AL West division is out of the picture as they trail the Houston Texans by 17 games, but Texas is just 2.5 games behind in the wild card. As long as they don’t lose their next six games before the deadline, the Rangers have no reason to declare themselves out of the playoff race.