It has been confirmed by sources that the Rangers have acquired first baseman Prince Fielder from the Tigers for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Rangers will also get $30 million in the deal. Jurickson Profar is the Rangers new second baseman.
The Rangers have added infielder Luis Sardinas to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Today was the deadline to add to the 40-man roster. The Rangers also added pitcher Ben Rowen and Lisalverto Bonilla to the roster.
Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five years or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four years. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.
The Rangers also claimed pitcher Shawn Tolleson off waivers from the Dodgers.
Tolleson, 25, has appeared for the Dodgers in each of the last two seasons, going a combined 3-1 with a 4.30 ERA (18 ER/37.2 IP) in 41 relief appearances. He had just 6 total appearances in 2013 due to lower back surgery and a left hip injury. He attended Allen (Texas) High School and pitched at Baylor University in Waco. Tolleson, who was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 30th round of the 2010 June draft, has a career 1.34 ERA (19 ER/127.2 IP) in 107 appearances in the minor leagues. He also has a .932 career WHIP figure in the minors with 185 strikeouts against 31 walks.
RANGERS ANNOUNCE PROMOTIONS AND HIRINGS IN BASEBALL OPERATIONS
Scott Coolbaugh promoted to Hitting Coordinator and Brook Jacoby hired as Asst. Hitting Coordinator
Longtime amateur scouts Mike Grouse and Jay Eddings join pro side among other changes
Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers announced several changes and additions to the club’s baseball operations staff today. The club will announce the full player development staff at a later date. A list of today’s transactions:
· Scott Coolbaugh promoted from Triple-A Hitting Coach to Hitting Coordinator
· Brook Jacoby hired as Assistant Hitting Coordinator
· James Keller hired as Special Assistant to the General Manager
· Brian Williams hired as Southeast Regional Crosschecker
· Mike Grouse promoted to Pro Scout (formerly National Crosschecker)
· Jay Eddings promoted to Pro Scout (formerly Amateur Scout)
· Jake Krug promoted from Director, Minor League Operations to Special Assignment Crosschecker
· Bobby Crook promoted to Amateur Scout for N. Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas(formerly Manager, Amateur Scouting)
· Mike Medici hired as Area Scout for Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana/Kentucky
· Matt Klotsche promoted to Manager, Amateur Scouting
Last season was Coolbaugh’s seventh in the Texas organization. He has served as a hitting instructor at several levels within the system, including time as the major league hitting coach from June 8, 2011 through the end of 2012. He has also been the hitting coach for Double-A Frisco (2007-08), Triple-A Oklahoma City (2009-10), and Triple-A Round Rock (2013).
Jacoby returns to the Texas organization after seven seasons as the major league hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds. Under Jacoby, the Cincinnati offense produced the 2nd-highest on-base percentage and the 3rd-highest run total in the National League in 2013. Prior to joining the Reds in 2007, the two-time A.L. All-Star spent four seasons with Texas as a hitting coach for the Arizona League Rangers (2003-04) and then as minor league hitting coordinator (2005-06). Jacoby also filled in as the major league hitting coach in April and May of the 2006 season.
Keller most recently served as the Orioles national pitching crosschecker after having a role as a pro scout. He also worked as a scout and minor league pitching coach in the Arizona organization, and was a minor league pitching coach with Toronto. While with Baltimore, Keller signed right-handed pitcher David Hernandez.
Williams has been a Midwest area scout with the Mariners since 2004, and added additional duties as a crosschecker in Canada the past two years. Prior to joining the Seattle scouting staff, he worked as a baseball operations assistant and area scout for the Cubs from 2000-05. In his time as an area scout, Williams has signed four eventual major leaguers: left-handed pitcher Jerry Blevins, right-handed pitcher Nate Adcock, left-handed pitcher James Paxton, and right-handed pitcher Steve Delabar.
Grouse has been with the Rangers since 1988, and most recently served as a national crosschecker. He was originally selected by the Rangers in the 1984 June draft. Eddings has been an amateur scout with the Rangers since 1998.
Krug will be in his 12th season with the Rangers, serving primarily in player development with one season (2009) as the team’s eastern crosschecker. Crook will be in his 11th season with the Rangers, the last five of which have been in a role supporting the scouting staff and leading preparation for the June draft. Medici is a native of Albany, New York and has spent the past four seasons covering Illinois and Indiana for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was a catcher at the University of Buffalo before a stint as a coach at the collegiate level. Klotsche will be in his seventh season with the Rangers, and has served as Manager, Baseball Operations the last two years after stints as an assistant in pro scouting and baseball operations.
ADRIAN BELTRE NAMED 2013 TEXAS RANGERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Third baseman Adrian Beltre has been selected as the 2013 Texas Rangers Player of the Year in voting conducted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
It is the second consecutive year that Beltre has been so honored, the first Ranger to capture back-to-back Player of the Year Awards since Michael Young in 2004-05. Beltre batted .315 with 30 homers and 92 RBI in 161 games for Texas in 2013. He topped the American League with 199 hits and ranked among the league leaders in multi-hit games (T2nd, 58), games (3rd), batting average (4th), total bases (5th, 321), slugging (8th, .509), and home runs (T8th).
Beltre will receive his award at the 2014 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Friday, January 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine. Tickets for the dinner, which will honor a number of baseball personalities and feature appearances by Texas Rangers past and present, can be purchased at http://www.texasrangers.com/awards.
TEXAS RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2014 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE AND PRICING
Club hosts Quintana Roo Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Thursday, March 27
Team opens Cactus League play on Thursday, February 27
Arlington, TX – The Texas Rangers are scheduled to play 31 spring training games in 2014, including 28 Cactus League contests. The club released its complete spring training schedule and pricing on Tuesday.
The schedule includes an exhibition game with the Quintana Roo Tigers (Tigres de Quintana Roo) of the Triple-A Mexican League on Thursday, March 27 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It will mark the third consecutive year that the Rangers have played a Mexican League team in Arlington as Texas defeated the Mexico City Red Devils in 2012 and 2013. The Tigers, who are from Cancun, captured their second Mexican League championship in the last three seasons in 2013, defeating Monterrey, four games to one, in the final series. Ticket information will be announced at a later date for that game.
The exhibition, which will start at 7:05 p.m., will be one of three games the Rangers will play in Texas to conclude their 2014 spring training schedule. The club will play the Houston Astros in the second annual Big League Weekend series at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Friday (7:05) and Saturday (1:05), March 28-29 before opening the 2014 regular season at home against Philadelphia on Monday, March 31.
Texas’ 28-game Arizona schedule features 17 contests at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field. The Rangers will be the home team for 14 of those games and will be the visiting club for three contests against the Kansas City Royals, who share the Surprise complex with Texas. Those two teams will play four times overall in Surprise in 2014, opening the spring schedule with consecutive games: Thursday, February 27 (Royals home game), which is the Surprise Sundancers Charity Game and Friday, February 28 (Rangers home game). Kansas City will be the home team for the final two spring meetings between the clubs on Monday, March 17 and Saturday, March 22.
In addition, the Rangers will host the Chicago White Sox twice and play the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, 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 Reds and A’s and one each with the White Sox, Indians, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers, Padres, and Mariners.
Texas will play night games in Surprise with San Francisco on Thursday, March 13 and Kansas City on Monday, March 17 (road game) at 6:05 p.m. MT and with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m. MT. The Rangers host Seattle on Wednesday, March 26 at 12:05 p.m. MT and break camp after that game. All other Rangers games in Surprise will be 1:05 p.m. MT starts.
2014 individual ticket prices for Texas Rangers games at Surprise Stadium: Lower Dugout–$28.00; Upper Dugout–$25.00; Infield–$22.00; 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 17, and information is available by calling 623-222-2222 or by going to texasrangers.com.
Spring training individual tickets for 2014 may be purchased in one of four ways:
BY MAIL beginning Monday, December 2. Fans can go to surprisespringtraining.com to download an order form.
ON THE INTERNET beginning Monday, December 9 at texasrangers.com.
BY PHONE beginning Saturday January 4 at 623-222-2222.
IN PERSON beginning Saturday, January 4 at the Surprise Stadium Ticket Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. in Surprise.
Prior to the start of the exhibition season, the Rangers will hold workouts at the organization’s complex in Surprise. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Sunday, February 16 and will work out for the first time on Monday, February 17. The reporting date for infielders and outfielders is Wednesday, February 19 and the first full team workout is Thursday, February 20.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish finished second in the American League Cy Young Award voting, losing out to Max Scherzer of the Tigers in the 2013 voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners finished third.
The Rangers remain the only American League team to have never had a Cy Young Award winner. Their previous highest finisher was Ferguson Jenkins, who finished second to Jim “Catfish” Hunter of the Athletics in 1974. Among National League teams, the Marlins, Rockies and Reds have never had a Cy Young winner.
Darvish was 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA in 32 starts and 209 2/3 innings for the Rangers this past season. He led the American League with 277 strikeouts and his .194 opponents batting average was the lowest in the league.
Scherzer, who received 28 of 30 first-place votes, was 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts over 32 starts and 2141/3 innings. Iwakuma was 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 185 strikeouts over 33 starts and 2192/3 innings
By finishing second, Darvish will receive a $200,000 bonus above his $9.5 million salary for 2013. The second-place finish is also a step toward allowing Darvish to possibly leave the Rangers one year sooner than expected.
The Rangers signed Darvish to a six-year, $56 million contract on Jan. 18, 2012 after submitting a high posting bid of $51.7 million. But, according to the terms agreed to by both parties in the deal, Darvish can opt out of the final year of the year depending on how he does in the Cy Young voting over the first five seasons of the contract.
According to the terms of Darvish’s contract, he can void the last season of the deal by winning one Cy Young Award and finishing 2nd-4th in one other season. Darvish can also void his $11 million contract for 2017 by finishing second in the Cy Young voting in one season and 2nd-4th in two other seasons.
So Darvish, after finishing second this year, needs to finish in 2nd-4th place twice in the voting over the next three seasons. If he does, it allows him to void an $11 million contract for 2017. He finished 9th in the voting as a rookie in 2012.
The Rangers have hired Bengie Molina as their first base coach and catching instructor. He caught for the Rangers in 2010. Bobby Jones has been hired as a Major League assistant hitting coach as the seventh coach.
General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers are getting some interest in first baseman Mitch Moreland from other clubs, viewing him as a “buy low” candidate.
Daniels said the Rangers have made an offer to pitcher Colby Lewis and are waiting to hear back from him.
Daniels said the Rangers are expecting Nelson Cruz to reject their qualifying offer on Monday and test the free agent market. He has been in touch with Cruz’s agent Adam Katz.
Daniels confirmed the Rangers are willing to talk about their middle infielders because it is an area of depth for them. He said other teams still have a high regard for infielder Jurickson Profar.