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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in an interview on 105.3 The Fan on Monday that the team has no interest in trading for Matt Harvey.

Daniels did not comment on the club's potential interest if/when Harvey becomes a free agent. The Rangers were connected to Harvey via trade rumors over the winter, likely in large part because assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen was the Mets' pitching coach from 2008-2017 (and also because they really need rotation help).
May 7 - 5:59 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rangers have "mild" trade interest in Mets right-hander Matt Harvey.

There's an obvious connection here, as Rangers assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen was the Mets pitching coach from 2008-2017. So he was there for Harvey's rise and knows him quite well. The Mets are reportedly willing to eat most of Harvey's $5.625 million salary for 2018 in order to get something in return, but teams could take their chances and wait in hopes that he'll pass through waivers and hit free agency.
May 7 - 11:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that Collin McHugh could be available in a trade.

The Astros are loaded with starting pitcher depth, so it's not a huge surprise to hear that McHugh could be had in the right deal. As Heyman notes, he's due $5 million in 2018, and he's under team control through 2019 with one more arbitration-eligible season. Heyman also mentions the Twins and Orioles were interested in the right-hander earlier this season, and the Reds, Mariners, Brewers and Rangers as clubs still looking for starting pitching.
Mar 23 - 9:50 AM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the team will not be pursuing free agent Greg Holland.

Holland was an All-Star for the Rockies last year and is easily the best reliever available in free agency. However, teams have been hesitant to sign him because he's tied to draft-pick compensation. The Rangers haven't settled on a closer yet but with Holland not an option, left-hander Alex Claudio should be the favorite for ninth-inning work in Texas.
Mar 15 - 4:38 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have at least considered the idea of bringing in Greg Holland.

The Rangers don't have a clear plan in place for the ninth inning yet, so signing the top relief pitcher on the free agent market would definitely help. Holland, who led the National League with 41 saves in 2017, still hasn't generated much interest on the free agent market.
Mar 10 - 3:54 PM

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Rangers have signed Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez for a bonus of $2.8 million.

Badler notes that the 21-year-old Martinez will slide into the No. 60 spot on Baseball America's top-100 prospect rankings and also now ranks as the No. 3 prospect in the Rangers' farm system, behind Willie Calhoun and Leody Taveras. Martinez 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.
Mar 6 - 5:30 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed Tuesday that Tim Lincecum will pitch in relief once his contract becomes official.

Lincecum took a physical Tuesday to complete his one-year, $1 million contract, but the deal isn't finalized just yet. His exact role is up in the air, but Daniels indicated that the club hasn't ruled out throwing him into the unsettled late-inning mix. There's even a chance he could get a look as a starter, though any such scenario would play out later in the year. Obviously expectations should be kept in check given his recent history, but the Rangers are willing to take a chance at this price.
Mar 6 - 1:29 PM

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Rangers are expected to sign Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez following a scheduled meeting on Tuesday.

The Rangers have been considered the favorites, but they are trying to make it official Tuesday. According to Badler, the club plans to spend the remaining $2.8 million in their international bonus pool to bring him into the fold. The 21-year-old Martinez is a left-handed hitter with across-the-board skills. Badler expects he could begin his pro career in High-A or Double-A. Either way, he could move quickly.
Mar 6 - 10:12 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers are hoping to sign Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez soon after he becomes eligible Tuesday.

The Rangers have long been viewed as the favorites for Martinez and have been adding international money in trades (they're up to about $2.8 million) in order to use it on the exciting young prospect. Martinez could possibly wait until the July 2 signing period before picking a team, but it seems like he's going to wind up with Texas either way.
Mar 5 - 5:23 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that Tim Lincecum will get a $1 million base salary in his one-year deal with the Rangers.

Finalization of the contract is pending a physical exam, which should take place sometime this week at Rangers camp in Surprise, Arizona. The deal will also come with performance-based incentives, though the financial framework of those is unknown. Lincecum is expected to work as a reliever for Texas and may even be able to slide his way into the closer role if he looks sharp in Cactus League play. He didn't pitch anywhere professionally in 2017 and was dreadful with the Angels in 2016, but the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner has added muscle this winter and reportedly regained some velocity on his fastball.
Feb 27 - 8:23 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Tim Lincecum will indeed sign with the Rangers.

Timmy's back. The contract is presumably pending a physical exam. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports previously noted that a deal was expected to get done. The now 33-year-old Lincecum was flat-out brutal during his last stint in the majors as a member of the Angels in 2016, but he showed better velocity during his recent showcase and could be used out of the bullpen this time around -- potentially as the Rangers' closer. It should be an interesting story to follow.
Feb 27 - 3:55 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Tim Lincecum is "deep into talks" with the Rangers on a one-year major league contract and the expectation is a deal gets done soon.

Passan writes that the possible plan for Lincecum is to use him out of the bullpen. The closer mix is wide open with the club and it's not crazy to think that he could find himself in the mix if he looks good. Lincecum has made just eight relief appearances in the majors, but he's a few years removed from being an effective starter. He could benefit from being used in shorter bursts.
Feb 27 - 3:35 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Tim Lincecum is deciding between two or three teams and is expected to sign in the next day or two.

Heyman notes that the Dodgers and Rangers are among the teams willing to give him a major league contract. Lincecum attracted a host of scouts earlier this month during a showcase and reportedly threw in the 90-93 mph range. He's preparing to fly to Arizona, so a decision appears imminent as he tries to revive his career.
Feb 27 - 11:44 AM

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


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