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Monday, December 9, 2019

Articles tagged: Texas Rangers

Rangers reportedly seeking more pitching after Doug Fister signing

The Texas Rangers added starting pitcher Doug Fister on Sunday, and they don’t want to stop there.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rangers are still in pursuit of one of the more prominent starters in this year’s free agent class, including Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn.

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.

Rangers GM responds to criticism over not switching series with Astros

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.

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.

MLB explains reason for likely move of Astros-Rangers to Tampa Bay

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.

Ultimately, these concerns are all secondary to the catastrophe that many residents of Houston — including some athletes — are currently facing.

Report: Rangers confident of moving Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

It now seems quite likely that Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will ultimately be on the move.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Monday that the Rangers expect to move Darvish by the deadline, with four teams in the mix for his services.

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.

Report: Rangers would trade Yu Darvish for ‘right deal’

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.

Darvish, 30, is 6-8 this year with a 3.44 ERA. He has already drawn strong interest from contending teams, and he would likely be the most sought-after arm on the market if the Rangers choose to trade him.

Rangers reportedly telling teams Yu Darvish is not available

The Texas Rangers are coming off a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, and they are not yet ready to commit to being sellers with the MLB trade deadline only a week away.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on Monday that the Rangers have been telling interested teams Yu Darvish is not available — at least for now.

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.

Darvish, 30, is 6-8 this year with a 3.44 ERA. He has already drawn strong interest from contending teams, and he would likely be the most sought-after arm on the market if the Rangers choose to trade him.

Report: Rangers shopping Yu Darvish in trade talks

The Texas Rangers have now lost five straight games since they won their first two coming out of the All-Star break, and it sounds like they are planning to be sellers at the MLB trade deadline.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Rangers have begun calling other teams to gauge their interest in starting pitcher Yu Darvish. Passan notes that the Rangers has chosen to start shopping Darvish well before the July 31 trade deadline so they will be prepared in the event that they cannot climb back into the playoff race.

Texas currently totes a record of 45-50, and they have virtually no chance of catching the MLB-leading Houston Astros, who currently have a 16-game lead over the next-best team in the AL West and an 18-game lead over the Rangers. The Rangers are 4.5 games back in the wild card race.

Darvish has bounced back nicely since missing the entire 2015 season following Tommy John surgery. The 30-year-old is just 6-8 in 20 starts this year, but he has a respectable 3.45 ERA and has struck out 131 batters in 125 1/3 innings. He’s in the final year of his contract, and the Rangers said back in March that they were open to negotiating an extension with the right-hander during the season.

While Oakland A’s starting pitcher Sonny Gray still has two years of team control remaining on his contract after 2017, Passan reports that almost all teams who are looking to make a run this year would prefer to trade for Darvish if the price is right.

If the Rangers decide they have no chance of making the playoffs this season, they could trade both Darvis and another front-end starting pitcher.