General manager Jon Daniels has a roster to put together for 2019, but the Texas Rangers’ eyes this week at the MLB winter meetings aren’t set solely on next season. They are still in rebuild mode and looking for young talent.
Mike Napoli played four seasons over three stints with the Texas Rangers and forever became a fan favorite en route to the 2011 World Series. “Nap-o-li” announced Saturday that he is retiring from baseball.
Baseball is mourning the death of power-hitting fielder Luis Valbuena and former infielder Jose Castillo after the were killed in a car accident late Thursday that police in Venezuela believe could have been a criminal act.
A strong first half, which included the majority of his 52-game on -base streak and a .293 average, sent Shin-Soo Choo to his first All-Star Game. It also helped him be selected as the Texas Rangers’ Player of the Year.
One website lists the Texas Rangers’ 2018 Opening Day payroll at $133 million. Another lists it at $140 million. Despite the subtraction of multiple big salaries, the Rangers will have a smaller budget for 2019.
Time flies for a new big-league manager trying to learn everything he needs to do his job. Chris Woodward, hired by the Texas Rangers, early last month, has been spending a lot of time in Texas and on the phone.
Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward nearly faded to black on a hot summer day at Globe Life Park early in his career. He won’t have to worry about that in 2020, but he has some concerns about the turf-grass decision.
Shohei Ohtani was the Texas Rangers’ top target last off-season. Yusei Kikuchi is the next star from Japan headed to the majors. The Rangers, though, aren’t as interested in him as they were in Ohtani.
Robinson Chirinos, the Texas Rangers’ primary catcher the past three seasons, reportedly is nearing a contract with the Houston Astros. The Rangers have already filled his vacancy with veteran Jeff Mathis.
All that remained to be added to manager Chris Woodward’s first coaching staff was a bullpen coach and an assistant hitting coach. The Texas Rangers took care of that Tuesday by hiring Oscar Marin and Callix Crabbe.
The first concert tour to make a stop at Globe Life Park in its history is coming June 14, and it’s Paul McCartney. The music legend is bringing his Freshen Up U.S. Tour to Arlington while the Texas Rangers are at Cincinnati.
Robinson Cano is gone, and so are James Paxton, Edwin Diaz, Jean Segura and many others who helped the Seattle Mariners win 89 games in 2018. Their tear down will likely seal their fate as an also-ran, joining the Texas Rangers.
Adrian Beltre officially retired Nov. 20, but on Friday he came back to Globe Life Park for a going-away news conference. There were no tears from the former Texas Rangers third baseman but no shortage of laughter.