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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers remain in contact with free agent relievers Cody Allen and Adam Ottavino.

In a later tweet, Rosenthal also mentions Adam Warren as a potential target. Allen has been somewhat of a forgotten name in this relief market, although that's begun to change with names like Andrew Miller and David Robertson no longer available. Rosenthal does say that the Rangers are more likely to spread their available dollars on less-expensive options, and they need to sign an infielder as well. If Allen or Ottavino did come to Texas, they'd be clear favorites to win the closing job.
Jan 14 - 11:07 AM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi says the Rangers are continuing to show interest in free agent Josh Harrison.

The Angels and Nationals are also thought to be in on Harrison. The Rangers could use an upgrade at third base, but someone with more upside would be nice. Harrison is 31 years old and has been a significantly below average hitter two of the last three seasons.
Jan 9 - 3:51 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Rangers, Angels and Nationals are among the clubs in on Josh Harrison.

We've heard the Nats mentioned as a possible landing spot for Harrison, but this is the first we've seen of the Rangers' and Angels' interest. The veteran infielder would be in line to play second base in Washington and Anaheim and third base in Texas.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 09:53:00 AM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Nationals, Reds, Rangers, Giants, and Brewers are among the teams showing interest in free agent Josh Harrison.

Heyman adds that the Yankees, Phillies, and Dodgers could also be "in play" for the 31-year-old super utilityman, depending on how the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado markets shake out. Harrison makes sense on paper for a range of clubs given his ability to play sound defense all over the diamond. He had a down year at the plate in 2018, but the two-time All-Star has posted strong offensive numbers in years prior.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 01:01:00 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers "have expressed some interest" in Matt Davidson.

The Rangers have an opening at third base following the trade of Jurickson Profar. Davidson -- who was non-tendered by the White Sox last month -- is a poor defender at the hot corner, but he could have some appeal as at least a part-timer there while also seeing some playing time at first base and designated hitter. The 27-year-old has also expressed a desire to be used as a reliever.
Sun, Dec 23, 2018 11:07:00 AM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Rangers, Angels and Brewers are all interested in free agent southpaw Dallas Keuchel.

The Phillies, Nationals and Padres have all been mentioned previously as interested suitors for Keuchel, but now we can add three other clubs to the mix. As a Scott Boras client and the top remaining starting pitcher on the free agent market, it won't be surprising to see Keuchel drag this thing out to extract every possible dollar out of a potential deal.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 08:05:00 PM

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have interest in free agent hurler Shelby Miller.

Grant indicates that Miller is one of many free agent pitchers that the Rangers have some varying level of interest in. Miller was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks at the end of November after pitching a total of 38 innings over his last two seasons with the club.
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 05:35:00 PM

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers and free agent starter Derek Holland have mutual interest in a reunion.

Grant writes that the Rangers have "reached out" to Holland about a return to the organization and that the 30-year-old left-hander, who makes his offseason home in Dallas, is "intrigued" by the idea.'s T.R. Sullivan reported earlier this month that Holland's preference in free agency is to return to the Giants or at least stay in the National League, but he'll probably go with whatever offer is richest and there is obviously some familiarity with Texas. Holland was a 25th-round pick of the Rangers back in 2006 and spent the first eight years of his major league career in Arlington. He registered an impressive 3.57 ERA with 169 strikeouts over 171 1/3 innings last year in San Francisco.
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 01:51:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Lance Lynn's contract with the Rangers includes a $4 million signing bonus.

The two sides have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract, which is expected to be officially announced on Tuesday. Per Rosenthal, Lynn will receive an $8 million salary in 2019, $10 million in 2020, and $8 million in 2021. The deal also includes a $100,000 assignment bonus if he's traded to one of the eight West Coast teams. Lynn had an uneven 2018 between the Twins and Yankees while posting a 4.77 ERA over 29 starts and two relief appearances, but the Rangers are hoping that he can lead their rotation.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 01:10:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that free agent right-hander Mike Fiers is drawing interest from multiple teams.

Morosi lists the Reds, Giants, Nationals and Rangers among the suitors for the 33-year-old hurler. Fiers is coming of of a terrific season where he compiled a 3.56 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 139/37 K/BB ratio across 172 innings between the Tigers and Athletics. Given the numerous clubs in play here, Fiers should have no problem landing a multi-year contract worth considerably more than the $6 million he settled for last winter.
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 11:28:00 PM

Rangers selected RHP Chris Ellis from the Cardinals with the seventh pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

Ellis is joining his third organization, having been traded from the Angels to the Braves in the Andrelton Simmons deal and the Braves to the Cardinals for Jaime Garcia in 2016. He was 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA and a 124/37 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. The stuff is decent enough to maybe make him a fourth or fifth starter in the majors. He'll compete with fellow Rule 5 pick Sam McWilliams, among others, for a spot at the back of the Royals rotation.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:34:00 PM

Tigers selected RHP Reed Garrett from the Rangers with the No. 5 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Garrett, a 2014 16th-round pick, made the move to the pen in 2017 and took a nice step forward last year, amassing a 2.04 ERA and a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A. He throws in the mid-90s and has a quality slider, so he might stick as a short reliever.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:21:00 PM

Lance Lynn has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Rangers, per's Mark Feinsand.'s T.R. Sullivan was first to report that an agreement was close. It's a big commitment to a guy who finished the 2018 season with a 4.77 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 156 2/3 innings, but Lynn did produce a 3.38 ERA over his first six years in the majors -- a span of 977 2/3 innings -- and he's only 31 years old. Texas will hope he can bounce back to that form he showed in St. Louis.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 07:03:00 PM's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are closing on a three-year deal with Lance Lynn.

Lynn had to take a one-year deal from the Twins last March and went on to post a career-worst 4.77 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 156 2/3 innings between Minnesota and New York, so it's a fairly big surprise that he's getting a three-year deal from Texas. There is no word yet on the financial terms.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 06:57:00 PM

The Rangers have "strong interest" in free agent Charlie Morton, according to The Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson.

Morton is believed to prefer either returning to Houston or heading home to a team located near his Delaware home, but thus far, it seems like the Rays and Rangers have made him the biggest priority. The Rangers are also looking at Lance Lynn, who could be a more realistic option for them.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 09:39:00 AM's Mark Feinsand reports that the White Sox, Astros, Yankees, Reds, Rangers, and Blue Jays have shown interest in free agent starter Lance Lynn.

Feinsand notes that Lynn's market is eerily similar to that of J.A. Happ. Lynn, 31, signed a one-year, $12 million free agent contract with the Twins last March and wound up posting a disappointing 4.77 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 161/76 K/BB ratio over 156 2/3 innings between Minnesota and the Bronx.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 08:17:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy has been hired as a special assistant to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.

McCarthy posted a 4.92 ERA and 65/21 K/BB ratio over 78 2/3 innings this past season with the Braves. The 35-year-old right-hander's playing days are over.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 06:09:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that the Rangers and Jesse Chavez have agreed to a two-year contract in the range of $8 million.

Mark Feinsand of reported that a deal was close. It's a nice payday for Chavez, who turned 35 in August and had to settle for a one-year, $1 million deal last offseason. He gives the Rangers a lot of flexibility in how they could use him in 2019.
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 01:57:00 PM

Mark Feinsand of reports that the Rangers are close to a deal with free agent right-hander Jesse Chavez.

No word yet on the terms being discussed, but it would surely be more than the $1 million Chavez received from the Rangers last winter. The 35-year-old has plenty of starting experience, but he pitched exclusively as a reliever between Texas and Chicago while posting a brilliant 2.55 ERA and 92/17 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings.
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 01:50:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Jeff Mathis' two-year contract with the Rangers is worth $6.25 million.

Mathis is a career .198/.258/.306 hitter and will turn 36 next March but is set for new career highs in earnings the next two seasons. His deal with Texas is not yet official, as the Rangers could be waiting until after the Rule 5 deadline Tuesday.
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 09:38:00 PM

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