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Rangers roster moves..Robertson traded to the Angels

The Rangers finally announced their 40-man roster moves late Thursday night.

Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers tonight announced the following roster moves:
–Purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Luke Jackson from Triple-A Round Rock.
–Purchased the contracts of infielder Hanser Alberto, catcher Jorge Alfaro, and right-handed pitcher
 Jerad Eickhoff from Double-A Frisco.
–Designated outfielder/first baseman Jim Adduci for assignment.
–Placed right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas and left-handed pitcher Aaron Poreda on unconditional release waivers for the purpose of both playing abroad in Asia in 2015. Each player should finalize the signing with the respective club in the next few days.
–Traded outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash.

Gimenez among Minor League signings

The Rangers today announced the club has signed catcher Chris Gimenez and right-handed pitcher David Martinez to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training camp. 
Gimenez, who turns 32 on December 27, combined to hit .241 with 10 doubles and 11 RBI over 42 games with Texas and Cleveland last season.  He spent the balance of the year at Triple-A Round Rock, batting .284 with 6 homers and 22 RBI.  He was originally acquired by Texas on a waiver claim from Oakland on March 28 and was on the Rangers’ 2014 Opening Day roster.  He was traded to Cleveland on August 23, where he spent the remainder of the year.
Martinez, 27, had 7 relief outings for the Houston Astros over the last two seasons, posting a 6.38 ERA (13 ER/18.1 IP) in his only major league action.  He made 3 appearances in the majors in 2014, and spent the balance of the campaign at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 5-6 with a 5.64 ERA (52 ER/83.0 IP) over 22 games/13 starts.  Martinez has spent his entire career in the Astros organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent at the age of 17.
The Rangers have also signed left-handed pitcher Efrain Nieves to a minor league contract, and he will be in minor league camp this spring.  Nieves, 25, went 3-5 with a 2.29 ERA (22 ER/86.1 IP) in 44 games/4 starts last season with Dunedin, Toronto’s High-A affiliate.

Here is the schedule


(All Times Mountain Except Where Noted)


Wednesday, March 4 Kansas City Royals (charity game) Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 5 Kansas City Royals Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 6 San Francisco Giants Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 7 Milwaukee Brewers Maryvale 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 8 Cleveland Indians Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs Mesa 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 9 Oakland A’s Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10 Los Angeles Angels Tempe 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11 Chicago White Sox Glendale 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 12 Chicago White Sox (ss) Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 13 San Francisco Giants Scottsdale 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 14 San Diego Padres Peoria 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 15 Milwaukee Brewers (ss) Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 16 Los Angeles Angels Tempe 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17 Los Angeles Dodgers Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18 Open Date

Thursday, March 19 Cincinnati Reds Goodyear 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 20 Seattle Mariners Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) Alamodome, San Antonio 7:05 p.m. CT

Saturday, March 21 Milwaukee Brewers Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) Alamodome, San Antonio 1:05 p.m. CT

Sunday, March 22 Seattle Mariners Peoria 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 23 Cincinnati Reds Surprise Stadium 6:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24 Los Angeles Angels Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25 Cincinnati Reds Goodyear 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 26 Colorado Rockies Surprise Stadium 6:05 p.m.

Friday, March 27 Oakland A’s Mesa 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 28 San Diego Padres Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 29 Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) Glendale 1:05 p.m.

Monday, March 30 Kansas City Royals Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31 Chicago Cubs Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks Salt River Fields 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1 Colorado Rockies Salt River Fields 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, April 2 Open Date

Friday, April 3 New York Mets Globe Life Park in Arlington 7:05 p.m. CT

Saturday, April 4 New York Mets Globe Life Park in Arlington 1:05 p.m. CT

Home Games in Bold ss-split squad

NOTE: Surprise is one hour behind Texas time through March 7 and two hours behind beginning March 8

Cactus League Home Games Played at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field, Surprise, AZ

Spring Training Schedule announced

Club hosts New York Mets at Globe Life Park in Arlington, April 3 and 4
Team opens Cactus League play on Wednesday, March 4
Arlington, TX – The Texas Rangers are scheduled to play 34 spring training games in 2014, including 30 Cactus League contests. The club released its complete spring training schedule and pricing on Tuesday.
The schedule includes a pair of exhibition games with the New York Mets at Globe Life Park in Arlington to close the spring schedule on Friday, April 3 (7:05 p.m. CT) and Saturday, April 4 (1:05 p.m. CT). It will mark the first exhibition game in Arlington versus a major league team since the Rangers hosted at the Kansas City Royals on April 2, 2010. Ticket information will be announced at a later date for those games.
As previously announced, the club’s spring training schedule also includes two games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third annual H-E-B Big League Weekend series at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Friday, March 20 (7:05 p.m. CT) and Saturday, March 21 (1:05 p.m. CT). Tickets for those games are now on sale at
Texas’ 30-game Arizona schedule features 16 contests at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field. The Rangers will be the home team for 15 of those games and will be the visiting club for one contest against the 2014 A.L. champion Kansas City Royals, who share the Surprise complex with Texas. Those two teams will play three times overall in Surprise in 2015, opening the spring schedule with consecutive games: Wednesday, March 4 (Rangers home game), which is the Surprise Sundancers Charity Game and Thursday, March 5 (Royals home game). Texas will be the home team for the final spring meeting between the clubs on Monday, March 30.
In addition, the Rangers will host the Milwaukee Brewers twice and play the Chicago Cubs,  Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, and Seattle Mariners once each in Surprise. At the other Cactus League parks, the team has two games with the Angels and Reds and one each with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cubs, White Sox,  Rockies, Dodgers, Brewers, A’s, Padres, Giants, and Mariners. 
Texas will play night games in Surprise with Cincinnati on Monday, March 23 and with Colorado on Thursday, March 26, both at 6:05 p.m. MT. All other Rangers games in Surprise will be 1:05 p.m. MT starts.
2015 individual ticket prices for Texas Rangers games at Surprise Stadium: Lower Dugout–$28.00; Upper Dugout–$25.00; Infield–$24.00; Plaza–$18.00; and Lawn–$8.00. Full season, half season, and 7-game ticket packages are also available as well as group ticket packages. Parking is free to all games at Surprise Stadium.
Season ticket packages go on sale Monday, December 15, and information is available by calling 623-222-2222 or by going to 
Spring training individual tickets for 2015 may be purchased in one of four ways:
BY MAIL beginning Monday, December 15. Fans can go to to download an order form.
ON THE INTERNET beginning Monday, December 15 at  
BY PHONE beginning Saturday January 3 at 623-222-2222.
IN PERSON beginning Saturday, January 3 at the Surprise Stadium Ticket Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. in Surprise

Young named special assistant to GM

The Rangers have officially named Michael Young as special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels. It is a title that Ivan Rodriguez, Darren Oliver and Greg Maddux hold. But Young has already taken an active role in the organization and was among the club officials who interviewed managerial candidates in October. This is not going to be a ceremonial position.

Colby Lewis to test market

the Rangers weren’t able to reach a quick agreement with free agent pitcher Colby Lewis. He has told the Rangers that he intends to test the market. The Rangers are holding open the door for his possible return but he will be free to talk money with other teams as early as Tuesday.

Rangers announce coaching staff

Maddux, Magadan, Hawkins, and Jones return, three others promoted from player development;
Third base coach still to be determined; Adcock, Figaro, and Lucas all outrighted off 40-man roster
Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers today announced the club’s 2015 major league coaching staff, with the exception of third base coach, a position that will be finalized at a later date. 
Pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Dave Magadan, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, and assistant hitting coach Bobby Jones will all return to the staff.  New additions are bench coach Steve Buechele, first base coach/catching instructor Hector Ortiz, and major league field coordinator Jayce Tingler.
Maddux and Hawkins return for a seventh season in their respective roles, the longest-tenured members of the staff.  Magadan returns for his third season as hitting coach while Jones will be in his position for a second straight year.
Buechele, 53, will be a major league coach for the first time.  He has spent the past six seasons as a manager in the Rangers farm system, serving at High-A Bakersfield (2009), Double-A Frisco (2010-13), and Triple-A Round Rock (2014).  As a minor league manager, Buechele guided his clubs to postseason berths in four of his six seasons.  Originally selected by Texas in the fifth round of the 1982 June draft out of Stanford University, the former third baseman played 1334 games over 11 seasons in the majors with Texas (1985-91, 1995), Pittsburgh (1991-92), and Chicago-NL (1992-95).  Buechele still ranks second in Rangers history with 835 games at third base, trailing only Buddy Bell (901).
Ortiz, 45, will be in his first major league coaching position, although he has spent extended stints with the big league club as a catching instructor the past few years.  Next year will be his 10th season in the Texas organization, having served as hitting coach at Rookie-level Spokane (2006-08), manager (2009) and hitting coach (2010) at Low-A Hickory, manager for the Arizona League Rangers (2011), and as the farm system’s catching coordinator (2011-14). He also managed Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League after the 2012 season.  Ortiz played 93 games over four major league seasons with Kansas City (1998, 2000-01) and Texas (2002).
Tingler, who turns 34 next month, will be in his first major league position.  He has spent eight seasons with Texas, including the past three (2012-14) as field coordinator for the minor league system.  Tingler also served as the club’s coordinator of instruction for both Arizona and Dominican Republic operations in 2011 after three campaigns as a manager for club’s Dominican Summer League squad (2008-09) and Arizona League team (2010).  In each of his three seasons as a manager, each club finished in first place.  He began his coaching career in the Dominican as a hitting coach in 2007 after a four-season minor league career in the Toronto (2003-05) and Texas (2006) organizations.
Manager – Jeff Banister
Bench coach – Steve Buechele
Pitching coach – Mike Maddux
Hitting coach – Dave Magadan
First base coach – Hector Ortiz
Third base coach – TBD
Bullpen coach – Andy Hawkins
Field coordinator – Jayce Tingler
Asst. hitting coach – Bobby Jones
TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER UPDATE: Right-handed pitchers Nate Adcock and Alfredo Figaro, along with infielder Ed Lucas, have all cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Round Rock.  Adcock has turned down the assignment to become a free agent. 
With free agents Scott Baker, Neal Cotts, and Colby Lewis all coming off the major league roster Thursday, plus the Rangers declining the 2015 club option on Alex Rios to make him a free agent, there are now 31 players on the team’s 40-man roster.

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