Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels held a teleconference for beat writers this afternoon in advance of next week’s GM meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Some of the news from the call:
▪ The Rangers exercised their option, as expected, on catcher Jonathan Lucroy for $5.25 million.
▪ Center fielder Ian Desmond will be extended the $17.2 million qualifying offer.
▪ First baseman Mitch Moreland and right-hander Colby Lewis will not be extended qualifying offers. “We told Mitch that we’re very open to a return but our focus right now is more pitching and center field,” Daniels said. “We do have some internal options [at first base] whether it’s Ryan Rua or Jurickson Profar.”
▪ Infielder/Outfielder Drew Robinson, 24, was formally added to the 40-man roster. The Rangers had to make the move if they want to control him since he would have been a minor league free agent on Monday. Robinson hit .257 with 24 doubles, 20 homers and 68 RBIs in 125 games for Triple A Round Rock in 2016.
▪ The Rangers have until Monday to exercise Derek Holland’s option. Daniels has discussed trade potential with several clubs.
▪ Joey Gallo probably needs more time in the minors before he’s a full-time option for the Rangers, Daniels said. “I think Joey is going to be a very good player in this league, when that is it’s hard to say. He probably needs more time unless there’s that big jump made like Ryan Rua made last year. Everyone is different. Some guys figure it out at 21 years old. Joey is 23 years old. He’s still very youthful.”
▪ Daniels announced the departure of assistant GM Thad Levine, who is leaving for the GM job with the Minnesota Twins. Levine has been with the Rangers since 2005. “I want to thank him personally on behalf of the organization,” Daniels said. “He’s an enormous part of what we as a team have built here over the years.” The Rangers expect to announce Levine’s replacement next week.
▪ The Rangers will reinstate Prince Fielder and Adrian Sampson from the 60-day disabled list. Injured players can’t spend the winter on the DL.