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Hamilton signs minor league deal with Rangers, will try 1B (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:57:52 PST

Josh Hamilton walked into a room at the Texas Rangers' ballpark carrying a new first baseman's mitt and feeling the way he did 10 years ago. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP who has had surgery three times on his left knee since last playing in 2015, knows he has to earn a spot on the roster this spring. ''The first thing that comes to mind is 2007 spring training with the Reds.

Longtime baseball executive Dan O'Brien Sr. dies at 87 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:32:38 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Longtime major league executive Dan O'Brien Sr. has died at 87.

Hot Stove Digest: Astros still interested in Jose Quintana (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:54:53 PST

The 27-year-old lefty posted a 3.20 ERA over 208 innings last season. The White Sox have shown a willingness to part with talented players in the right deal this winter, and the Astros have consistently been named as a possible partner for Quintana.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:25:22 PST

Outfielder Jose Bautista is returning to the Blue Jays on a one-year deal, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. Bautista rejected that same one-year offer in November and became a free agent. The 36-year-old Bautista is a six-time All-Star but didn't draw much interest on the free-agent market after hitting just 22 homers with 69 RBIs in 2016.

Angels paying Josh Hamilton $26 million to play for rival Rangers (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:13:59 PST

Josh Hamilton is still owed a lot of money. After playing in just one minor-league game in 2016, outfielder Josh Hamilton is ready to make a comeback. While that seems like a far cry from what Hamilton was making in his prime, that’s not exactly the case.

Rangers' Diekman out at least half season because of colitis (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:01:12 PST

Texas Rangers reliever Jake Diekman is expected to miss at least half the season after upcoming surgery to treat colitis, a digestive condition. Diekman, the top left-hander in the Texas bullpen, has battled the condition throughout his career. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday the team was aware of the possible surgery and absence before agreeing with Diekman last week on a $2.55 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.

Rangers sign slugger Josh Hamilton to minor league contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:29:46 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Slugger Josh Hamilton is getting another shot with the Texas Rangers.

AP source: Phillies, Saunders agree to $9M, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:15:55 PST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Outfielder Michael Saunders and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a $9 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Rangers avoid arbitration with all 7, topped by closer Dyson (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:52:06 PST

The Texas Rangers avoided salary arbitration with all seven of their eligible players Friday, topped by closer Sam Dyson getting a $3 million raise after making just over the major league minimum last season. Dyson agreed to a $3.52 million contract after taking over as closer for the AL West champions about a month into the season and finishing third in the AL with 38 saves. Texas also reached deals with three other relievers - left-hander Jake Diekman at $2.55 million and right-handers Jeremy Jeffress ($2.1 million) and Tanner Scheppers ($975,000).

AP source: Rangers agree to $6M deal with RHP Tyson Ross (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:06:45 PST

Right-hander Tyson Ross and the Texas Rangers have agreed on a $6 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday night. Ross, who started opening day for San Diego last season but didn't pitch again because of shoulder problems, becomes a candidate for a rotation led by aces Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish and including Martin Perez. Another possible starter is another right-hander coming from the Padres: Texas native Andrew Cashner, who agreed to a deal in November.

Report: Rangers agree to one-year deal with Tyson Ross (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:49:15 PST

Free agent Tyson Ross has finally decided on a new home for the 2017 season. According to’s T.R. Sullivan, the veteran right-hander reached a one-year agreement on Friday with the Texas Rangers. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports the deal is for $6M guaranteed, and with incentives as Ross battles back from thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Ivan Rodriguez: Is he a Hall of Famer? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:06:13 PST

Among the first-time eligible Hall of Fame candidates, there’s only one with a truly great chance of getting in this year. That would be Ivan Rodriguez, who many would argue is the greatest all-around catcher baseball has even seen.

Carlos Gomez clearly did not learn bat-breaking from his dad (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:34:22 PST

Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez has his share of signature moves on the field. From his epic bat flips and home runs celebrations, to his flashy home run robberies, he’s not shy about bringing his brand of flair to the game or stirring emotions in both dugouts.

Rejoice! Here are spring training report dates for all 30 teams (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:20 PST

Winter is terrible. The weather is cold, the days are short and baseball news is scarce. The only thing keeping us sane is the promise of spring.

Former MLB pitcher, pitching coach Jackie Brown dies (The Associated Press)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:25:56 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Former major league pitcher and pitching coach Jackie Brown has died. He was 73.

Hot Stove Digest: Mariners cap busy day with trade for Jarrod Dyson (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:36:39 PST

MAKING MOVES: Never one to stay quiet for long, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto went to work on Friday with a pair of notable trades. Early in the day, Dipoto pulled off a swap with the Baltimore Orioles, acquiring veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo in exchange for Seth Smith.

Travis Snider agrees to minor league deal with Rangers (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:29:20 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Free agent outfielder Travis Snider has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will attend big league spring training.

Phillips Stays Put, Again (Rotoworld)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:19:00 PST

Nate Grimm touches on the Brandon Phillips saga and looks at Tyson Ross' suitors in Friday's edition of the Offseason Lowdown.

Hot Stove Digest: Tyson Ross is being chased by Rangers, Cubs (Big League Stew)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:27:43 PST

HOT RUMOR OF THE DAY: Free-agent pitcher Tyson Ross, who was surprisingly cut loose by the San Diego Padres, has a number of teams interested, but most notably, he met with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers on Wednesday, according to our own Jeff Passan. Source: Before visiting the Texas Rangers today, Tyson Ross met with the Chicago Cubs. They are the two favorites to sign the right-hander.

Vladimir Guerrero: Is he a Hall of Famer? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:12:14 PST

Known as baseball’s best bad ball hitter, Vladimir Guerrero is ready to state his case for Hall of Fame consideration. The former Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels great — who also spent time with the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers — is on the ballot for the first time after playing his final game in 2011, and he’s immediately become one of the more fascinating names on a loaded ballot. For most of Guerrero’s 16-year career, he was a true five-tool player with very strong numbers to back it up.

Hot Stove Digest: Twins to resolve Brian Dozier trade talks in 'next week' (Big League Stew)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:52:48 PST

HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: If it feels like there’s been a lot of stops and starts to the Brian Dozier trade rumors, that’s because there have been. Now though, it appears the Twins are seriously serious about reaching a decision after requesting best offers from interested teams over the weekend. The Brian Dozier sweepstakes could have a winner very soon.

The Stew's MLB Year in Review: Top-10 moments (Big League Stew)

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:15:41 PST

Jose Bautista took a punch to the jaw, Alex Rodriguez road off into the sunset and Dee Gordon provided fans with one of the most emotional  and dramatic home runs of all-time. Oh yeah, and some team broke a century-long curse and won the World Series. Given all the circumstances surrounding the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series win, it should come as no surprise that they top our list of the top-10 moments from the 2016 season.

Hot Stove Digest: Twins request 'best and final' offers for Brian Dozier (Big League Stew)

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:07:08 PST

The Brian Dozier sweepstakes could have a winner very soon. HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: It appears the Minnesota Twins are getting anxious as it pertains to trade negotiations surrounding All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier. For weeks we’ve heard speculation about his availability, who might be interested and what the Twins are seeking in return.

The Stew's MLB Year in Review: Person of the year 2016 (Big League Stew)

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:18:45 PST

The end of 2016 is upon us, which means it’s a great time to look back at the best things baseball gave us in the past year. As The Stew begins a series of year-end retrospectives, we start with our favorite baseball people.

Hot Stove Digest: Will Mike Napoli be the next domino to fall? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:43:54 PST

Some expected the market for free agent first baseman/designated hitter types to develop quickly after Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Indians on Dec. 22. Napoli will be a good fit for any team seeking a power bat in the middle of the order, and he’ll provide that without requiring the same long term commitment or money as Encarnacion. Mike Napoli may have a new home soon.

Former Texas Rangers pitcher dies in Arkansas shooting (The Associated Press)

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:51:36 PST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Police and family members say former Texas Rangers pitcher John Barfield has died in a shooting in Little Rock. He was 52.

Ten things MLB teams wish they could take back (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:06:36 PST

If it’s possible for the Red Sox to un-retire David Ortiz, they’d probably do that. MLB teams also got a number of questionable, uh, “gifts” throughout the year, and there’s no question they want to return them. It cannot be overstated how much the Diamondbacks keep making their future more difficult with every move they make.

Wish List: What does every MLB team want the most this Christmas? (Big League Stew)

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:31:51 PST

For the second straight season, we’ve obtained every single Major League Baseball team’s Christmas wish lists to Santa. Remember that one year when everyone desperately needed to have Furby, and was willing to physically injure others in order to get one? Consider this list every MLB team’s Furby. The Red Sox are going to boast a tremendous staff in 2017.

Hot Stove Digest: Angels add Ben Revere to outfield mix (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:31:29 PST

Free agent Ben Revere is headed to the now crowded Angels outfield. ANGEL IN THE OUTFIELD: The Angels have agreed to a one-year, $4M contract with free-agent outfielder Ben Revere, according to’s Buster Olney. Revere joins an outfield mix that already includes Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun and Cameron Maybin.

Rollins 5th team change this winter, Texas reclaims Dragmire (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:13:47 PST

Left-hander David Rollins has changed teams for the fifth time in just over a month on a waiver claim by the Chicago Cubs from the Texas Rangers, who also reclaimed right-hander Brady Dragmire from Pittsburgh for the second time this offseason. Dragmire had been designated for assignment earlier this week by Pittsburgh, who three weeks earlier had received him on a waiver claim from Texas.