The annual Texas Rangers FanFest will be held Jan. 24 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, where fans can collect player autographs or bombard club officials and players with questions.
A highlight from last year’s event came during a Q&A with former manager Ron Washington, who was asked by a young boy with a sad voice why Washington traded second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Tickets to the event, sponsored by AT&T, are $10 for adults, $8 for season-ticket holders, and $5 for children 13-and-under. For more information, visit www.texasrangers.com/fanfest.
Darvish top pitcher
Despite missing the final seven weeks of the season, right-hander Yu Darvish was selected as the Rangers’ Pitcher of the Year in voting by local members the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Darvish, who will be honored Jan. 23 at the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner at the Dallas Omni Hotel, went 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 1441/3 innings before he was shut down with elbow inflammation. Last week, a follow-up MRI came back clean, and Darvish was cleared to begin his normal off-season throwing program.
Darvish also won the award last year, but this year had to edge out Colby Lewis. Lewis led the Rangers in starts and innings pitched, and matched Darvish for the team lead in wins.
• Braves: Nick Markakis and Atlanta have agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal. The 31-year-old outfielder spent his first nine seasons with the Orioles.
• Royals: Right-hander Luke Hochevar, a former Fort Worth Cat, signed a two-year, $10 million deal to stay with Kansas City, where he’s spent all seven MLB seasons.
• Blue Jays: After declining to offer contracts to outfielders Andy Dirks and John Mayberry Jr., and first baseman Justin Smoak on Tuesday, Toronto signed Smoak to a one-year, $1 million deal Wednesday.
• Mariners: Outfielder Michael Saunders was traded to the Blue Jays for left-handed starter J.A. Happ.
• Angels: Infielder Gordon Beckham, right-hander Yoslan Herrera and left-hander Wade LeBlanc were not offered contracts.
• Yankees: Right-hander Esmil Rogers agreed to a $1.48 million, one-year deal.
• Padres: Shortstop Clint Barmes agreed to a deal.
— This report contains material from wire and online sources.