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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers, Padres, Giants and Rangers "are believed to have interest" in Tim Lincecum.

Grant Brisbee of SB Nation has reported that Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from one club, but it's unclear but it's unclear at this point which team it is (he did rule out the Giants). The two-time Cy Young winner didn't pitch anywhere in 2017 after posting a 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in nine starts with the Angels in 2016.
Feb 23 - 12:00 PM

The Rangers are the favorites to sign Cuban defector Juan Pablo Martinez, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

The Yankees and Marlins have also been in the running for the 21-year-old Martinez, who will be free to sign with a team on March 6. It's possible Martinez could see major league time this year, but the smart money says he's going to need a full year in the minors before he'll be ready to compete for a job.
Feb 22 - 5:02 PM

Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez will be free to sign with a Major League Baseball team on March 6.

Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that this "doesn't necessarily mean Martinez will sign during the current signing period, since some teams have already exhausted their 2017-18 bonus pools." The 21-year-old could instead wait until July 2, when the 2018-19 signing period begins. Badler pegs the Marlins, Rangers, and Yankees as the early favorites for Martinez, who batted .333/.469/.498 in 264 plate appearances during his final season in Cuba, with 52 walks, 30 strikeouts, and 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts.
Feb 20 - 5:13 PM

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers will not sign Seung Hwan Oh.

There had been a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic earlier this month that the two sides had reached an agreement, but in recent days there had been rumblings that maybe something went awry with his physical. The 35-year-old right-hander will continue to look for work elsewhere.
Feb 17 - 3:00 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Thursday that there is "nothing imminent" to announce on Seung Hwan Oh.

Oh and the Rangers reportedly agreed last week to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with a $4.5 million club option for 2019, but perhaps something came up during 35-year-old right-hander's pre-signing physical. He struggled to a 4.10 ERA in 59 1/3 innings with the Cardinals in 2017 after posting a 1.92 ERA and 103 strikeouts over his first 79 2/3 major league innings in 2016.
Feb 15 - 11:55 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers are in agreement to sign free agent reliever Seung Hwan Oh.

Robert Murphy of FanRag Sports says Oh's deal will pay him $2.75 million in 2018, with a $4.5 million club option for 2019 that includes a $100,000 buyout and performance bonuses that can earn him another million in both years. The 35-year-old right-hander spent the last two years with St. Louis, earning 39 saves and registering an ERA of 2.85 in 138 total appearances for the Cardinals. He was much more effective in 2016 with a 1.92 ERA and 103 strikeouts in just under 80 innings, and the Rangers are likely betting on him returning to that form in 2018. He should be given a chance at a high-leverage role, and could end up earning the closer job before the end of the season.
Feb 6 - 10:23 AM

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are in discussions on a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon.

Sanchez notes that there is momentum here and a deal is expected to get done. The 44-year-old hurler posted a troublesome 6.48 ERA over 143 innings with the Braves and Twins in 2017. Putting him in Globe Life Park in Arlington just seems cruel at this stage. Colon leads all active MLB pitchers with 240 career wins across his 20 seasons in the big leagues.
Feb 3 - 11:52 AM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during an appearance on SiriusXM that the team is not likely to sign Yu Darvish or one of the other top free agent pitchers.

Speaking on MLB Network Radio, Daniels said, "We've maintained contact with Darvish but I think it is unlikely we'll bring in one of the upper end pitchers." This would seemingly eliminate Jake Arrieta and perhaps Alex Cobb as well. The team is believed to have some wiggle room in their budget but apparently not enough to add an ace to their pitching staff.
Feb 2 - 10:03 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, free agent right-hander Yu Darvish has at least one five-year offer on the table.

The identity of the team who made the offer and the specifics regarding the financials aren't known. However, given the number of teams involved, it would be no surprise if he ultimately lands a five-year deal. We could be getting close to crunch time, finally. The Cubs, Dodgers, Twins, Brewers, Yankees, and Rangers are all believed to be in the mix.
Jan 22 - 2:53 PM

Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that the Yankees, Marlins and Rangers are the favorites to sign Cuban defector Juan Pablo Martinez.

The Yankees and Marlins both held private workouts for Martinez last week. The 21-year-old Martinez is still waiting to be cleared to sign by MLB. A center fielder with power and speed, he'll likely spend most of 2018 in the minors before perhaps getting a chance to win a starting job in 2019.
Jan 18 - 4:41 PM

Yu Darvish indicated Wednesday night on his personal Twitter account that he is deciding between six teams.

Darvish was responding to a report from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, which stated that the free agent starter has received ongoing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and Twins. "I know one more team is in," Darvish replied. That team could be the Dodgers, as Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted Wednesday that it is his "understanding" the reigning NL champions are still in the mix "despite the financial hurdles." Darvish signing this week could finally unclog a free agent market that has been stagnant all winter for both starting pitchers and position players.
Jan 11 - 1:51 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe lists the Nationals, Blue Jays, Giants, Phillies, Braves and Rangers as appearing "to have some interest" in Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Some of those names are known, but the Blue Jays and Rangers are new to the party. Of course, "appear to have some interest" leaves plenty of room for interpretation. The Marlins are aiming high in their ask, as they should, so any interested would have to make it worth their while. There's more smoke than before regarding a potential Yelich trade, but it's still far from a sure thing that the 26-year-old gets moved this winter.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 6 - 10:02 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rangers have "ramped up their pursuit" of free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

There might finally be some actual movement this week on the hot stove, with rumors beginning to fly about a number of the many still-unsigned top free agents. Cain is also said to be drawing serious interest from the Brewers, and the Blue Jays and Mets were tied to him earlier this winter. The 31-year-old slashed .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases in 155 games with the Royals last season while playing good defense in center field.
Jan 4 - 1:12 PM

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers have "no formal meeting planned to discuss baseball business" with Yu Darvish.

Jim Bowden of The Athletic and Sirius XM reported Tuesday evening that Darvish's next free-agent meeting with a team would be with the Rangers, but a source tells Wilson that general manager Jon Daniels is simply getting together with Darvish for dinner. "Just a GM and a star free agent having a meal," tweets Wilson. "No agents. No contracts. No business." Texas bringing back Darvish would make a lot of sense on paper given the team's current rotation makeup, but there would seem to be a few more aggressive suitors. The 31-year-old right-hander met with the Cubs on Monday and the Astros on Tuesday. He's also drawing serious interest from the Twins.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 09:49:00 PM

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic and Sirius XM, free agent Yu Darvish will meet next with the Rangers.

Darvish had a sit-down with the Cubs on Monday and the Astros on Tuesday. Now he and his representatives will chat it over with the team that originally signed him out of Japan back in December 2011 and then traded him this past July. Bowden says the Angels, Dodgers, and Twins are also in the running for the 31-year-old right-hander, who boasts a 3.42 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, and 11.0 K/9 in 832 1/3 career major league innings. Darvish should fetch the richest contract of any player on the free agent market this winter.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 07:25:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers' pursuit of Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke is "said to be pretty dead."

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier this week that the Rangers were offering only "marginal prospects" for the Arizona ace, and the Diamondbacks are not interested in a straight salary-dump. Heyman says there are three other teams in the mix. It is believed that one of them is the Phillies. Greinke finished fourth in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2017, but he's owed a whopping $126.5 million over the next four seasons and the Diamondbacks want to free up some cash to re-sign J.D. Martinez.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 01:34:00 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "strongly pursuing" Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.

Kansas City appears poised for an organizational rebuild, so Herrera -- a free agent next winter -- can probably be had with the right match of young talent. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on the first day of the Winter Meetings that the Royals were at least "fielding interest" in the 27-year-old right-hander. Herrera struggled to a 4.25 ERA over 59 2/3 innings in 2017, but he put up a dominant 2.30 ERA with 209 strikeouts in 211 2/3 innings between 2014-2016.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 03:45:00 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are offering "only marginal prospects" to the Diamondbacks for Zack Greinke.

Nightengale says the Rangers also want the Diamondbacks to pick up a portion of the $138.5 million that Greinke is owed over the next four years -- so this would basically be a salary dump. Arizona made it to the National League Division Series this past season and will be looking to go even further in 2018. It's a rumor that made very little sense from the get-go. Nightengale notes that the Rangers have been talking to the Diamondbacks about some of their other starting pitchers as well. Perhaps the clubs can work something out that doesn't involve Greinke, the fourth-place finisher in the 2017 National League Cy Young balloting.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 10:46:00 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers are talking to the Diamondbacks about their starting pitchers and "Zack Greinke could be in play."

That news comes as a pretty big surprise, as the Diamondbacks made it back to the playoffs in 2017 due in large part to Greinke's excellent 3.20 ERA, 1.07 ERA, and 215/45 K/BB ratio in 202 1/3 regular-season innings. Greinke does carry a massive contract that will pay him $138.5 million over the next four seasons and he turned 34 years old in October, but Arizona is expected to add, not subtract, this winter. Maybe the Rangers are offering MLB-ready talent in return, or maybe there's nothing to this story at all.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 07:55:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Twins, Rangers, and Diamondbacks are considering free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com was first to report word of the Rangers' interest. Minnesota is a new one. Rodney racked up 39 saves for Arizona in 2017, but that came with an underwhelming 4.23 ERA in 55 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander can probably be had on a one-year deal.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 06:29:00 PM


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