Rangers acquire RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Boston for LHP Robbie Ross, Jr.

The Rangers have acquired RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Boston for LHP Robbie Ross, Jr.

Ranaudo, 25, made his major league debut last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA (21 ER/39.1 IP) in 7 games/starts for Boston.  He spent the balance of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, going 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA (40 ER/138.0 IP) in 24 games/starts.  He was named International League Most Valuable Pitcher last year after leading the league in wins, ERA, opponents average (.223), and winning percentage (.778).  The 14 wins were also tied for 3rd-most among all minor league pitchers.  He was also the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year in 2013.  Over four seasons in the minor leagues, Ranaudo has a 3.46 ERA while averaging 7.8 strikeouts per 9 innings and just 0.7 homers per 9 innings.
 
The 6-foot-7 right-hander was selected by Boston in the supplemental first round (39th overall) of the 2010 June draft out of Louisiana State University.  He earned the win for LSU in the clinching game of the 2009 College World Series.  He was also drafted by the Rangers in the 11th round of the 2007 June draft out of St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey, but did not sign.
 
Ross Jr. was a member of the Rangers Opening Day rotation last season and finished the year in the bullpen.  He has seen action with Texas in each of the last three seasons, going 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA over 150 games/12 starts in his major league career.  Ross Jr. was originally selected by Texas in the 2nd round of the 2008 June draft.

Going to Fan Fest…Read this!!

2015 TEXAS RANGERS FAN FEST PRESENTED BY AT&T SCHEDULED FOR THIS SATURDAY AT GLOBE LIFE PARK IN ARLINGTON
Over 50 current and former Rangers to appear; Tickets on sale at texasrangers.com or at park Saturday 
 
Arlington, Texas—The 2015 Texas Rangers Fan Fest Presented by AT&T will take place this Saturday, January 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
 
Admission to the 2015 Texas Rangers Fan Fest Presented by AT&T is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for season ticket holders, and $5.00 for children 13 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com/fanfest, and tickets can also be purchased at the Globe Life Park First Base Ticket Office beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. The First Base Gate at Globe Life Park will open at 8:45 a.m. for fans to enter Fan Fest. Parking at Globe Life Park is free for the event.
 
Highlights of the 2015 Texas Rangers Fan Fest Presented by AT&T:
–Interactive Question & Answer sessions with Rangers executives, players and announcers in the Rangers Hall of Fame (1st floor)
–On-field events to include running the bases, bullpen toss and photo opportunities (weather permitting).
–Pitching, hitting, and fielding clinics conducted by Rangers coaches and alumni
–Free tours of the Rangers clubhouse and dugout
–Free play in the Rangers Kid’s Zone
–Photo stage with current and former Rangers players
–Rangers Baseball Foundation Sale
–Food and beverages on sale at The Short Stop Grill and other Ballpark concession stands
–Merchandise on sale at Ballpark Gift Shop locations.
 
In addition, the Rangers will offer a special opportunity to purchase 2015 individual tickets for all fans attending 2015 Texas Rangers Fan Fest Presented by AT&T. This opportunity will include the chance to purchase all games except Opening Day. 2015 Texas Rangers season ticket and mini-plan packages will also be on sale.
 
2015 Fan Fest Presented by AT&T will feature autograph sessions with over 30 current Texas Rangers players and coaches with individuals signing in the Capital One Club, Hyundai Club, Jack Daniel’s Club, and Texas Rangers Hall of Fame (3rd floor). Autograph sessions are scheduled at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
 
2015 FAN FEST AUTOGRAPH GUIDELINES
 
*There will be five designated autograph sessions on Saturday where the first 5,000 fans in attendance at Fan Fest are eligible up until 1 hour prior to the start to participate. Participants will receive scratch off cards where winners will be indicated. The schedule for those sessions:
10:00 a.m.—Adrian Beltre
10:00 a.m.—Ivan Rodriguez
11:00 a.m.—Prince Fielder
12 noon—Elvis Andrus
3:00 p.m.—Shin-Soo Choo
*All other Fan Fest autograph schedules will not be announced in advance. The main ballpark video board, and television monitors throughout Globe Life Park will post who is signing during each session 1 hour prior to the start of that session.
*Entrance to the designated line will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Individuals who use wheelchairs must adhere to the same first-come, first-served process as all other fans.
*When lines are at the designated capacity, an “END OF LINE” sign will be posted and no further guests will be allowed to enter the line.
*Players will sign approximately 225 autographs per session.  Players will not sign beyond their allotted time.
*Prior to the 2015 Fan Fest, Fast Passes were sold online at texasrangers.com.  Up to 75 guests will have the opportunity to skip to the front of each autograph session.
 
The schedule of individuals appearing on Saturday is as follows. PLEASE NOTE THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Any updates to this schedule can be found at texasrangers.com/fanfest.
 
Rangers Signing Autographs: Jorge Alfaro, Elvis Andrus, Jeff Banister, Adrian Beltre, Robinson Chirinos, Michael Choice, Shin-Soo Choo, Ross Detwiler, Jon Edwards, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, Joey Gallo, Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Phil Klein, Colby Lewis, Nick Martinez, Mitch Moreland, Rougned Odor, Spencer Patton, Martin Perez, Jurickson Profar, Ivan Rodriguez, Robbie Ross, Jr., Tanner Scheppers, Jake Smolinski, Nick Tepesch, Jake Thompson, Shawn Tolleson, Tomas Telis.
Individuals Participating in Question and Answer Sessions: Elvis Andrus, Jeff Banister, Jon Daniels, Derek Holland, Fergie Jenkins, Colby Lewis, Rangers TV/Radio Announcers, Women’s Baseball 101 with Emily Jones, Karen Banister, and Jenny Lewis.
Individuals Participating in Clinics: Dave Magadan/Bobby Jones/Tony Beasley (batting); Andy Hawkins/Mike Maddux (pitching).
Fergie Jenkins Foundation Booth: Fergie Jenkins, Rollie Fingers.
Rangers Alumni Signing Autographs: Mike Bascik, Sr., Mike Bascik, Jr., Jerry Browne, Tim Crabtree, Danny Darwin, German Duran, Cecil Espy, Jeff Frye, Larry Hardy, Toby Harrah, Ken Hill, Dave Hostetler, David Hulse, Mike Jeffcoat, Fergie Jenkins, Jim Kern, Kevin Mench, Darren Oliver, Jeff Russell, Curtis Wilkerson, Bump Wills. 

Rangers getting Corporan

The Rangers are acquiring catcher Carlos Corporan from the Astros. The Houston Chronicle first reported the deal. Corporan is the leading candidate to be the Rangers second catcher along with Robinson Chirinos.

Rangers out on Gattis. Astros deal appears done

The Rangers are out on Gattis. Sources said the Astros and the Braves have a done deal with Gattis going to Houston. So much for that latest rumor. Rangers are still looking for catching help

Braves ready to deal Gattis, maybe to the Rangers

The Braves are close to trading catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis. Right now it could be to the Astros but the Rangers are also involved in the discussions.

The Rangers have been trying to trade for a catcher all off-season. Gattis is a right-handed hitter with power who can catch, play the outfielder or DH. The Rangers have Robinson Chirinos as their starting catcher but Gattis could complement him while getting at-bats at other positions.

Rangers release lots and lots of ticket information

Everything you wanted to know about Rangers tickets for the upcoming season
Arlington, Texas—The Texas Rangers today announced the club’s 2015 individual ticket on-sale details. The official 2015 regular season schedule with game times was also released.
 
Individual tickets for all 2015 games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, except Opening Day will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28 at the Globe Life Park in Arlington First Base Box Office, at texasrangers.com, and by phone at 972.RANGERS.
 
In addition, the Rangers will offer a special opportunity to purchase 2015 individual tickets for all fans attending 2015 Texas Rangers Fan Fest Presented by AT&T at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Saturday, January 24. This opportunity will include the chance to purchase all games except Opening Day.
 
Tickets for Fan Fest are now on sale at texasrangers.com/fanfest or by calling 972.RANGERS. Tickets for Fan Fest can also be purchased on the day of the event beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the Globe Life Park in Arlington First Base Ticket Office. Fan Fest  takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and features numerous autograph sessions with current and former Texas Rangers players and coaches as well as many other activities. A list of individuals signing at Fan Fest will be announced next week.
For the second consecutive year, Dynamic ticket pricing will be utilized in all individual seating categories for both non-Premier and Premier games. In partnership with Qcue, the leading provider of demand-based pricing software for live entertainment events, the Rangers will once again use Qcue’s software analysis to set and adjust ticket prices higher or lower for each game in real-time based on market demand and factors such as pitching matchups, team performance, opponent, weather, and day of week. Dynamic ticket pricing will apply for all tickets except Children’s tickets in the Upper Reserved and Grandstand Reserved categories. 
2015 TEXAS RANGERS INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES
                                                Gate                      Premier                                                                               Gate                      Premier
                                                Price                      Price                                                                                      Price                      Price
Lexus Club Infield            $78                         $87                         Lower Reserved                               $34                         $37
Lower Infield                     $74                         $82                         Outfield Plaza                                    $34                         $37
Lexus Club Box                  $66                         $73                         Lexus Club Terrace                          $31                         $34
Lower Box                           $64                         $71                         Upper Box                                          $24                         $26
Corner Box                         $46                         $51                         Upper Reserved                               $17/6*                  $19/6*
All You Can Eat Porch      $48                         $53                         Grandstand Reserved                    $13/$3*                $14/$3*
Pricing will vary based on dynamic pricing for individual ticket sales in all adult seating categories.
*Children 13 & under. 
Listed prices increase $1-$5 for adult tickets on day of game.
Premier Games for 2015: April 10-12; May 2; 16; 28-31; June 13; 15-16; July 3-4; 11; 27-31; August 1-2; 15; 29; September 12; 19; October 2-3.
 
NOTE: Home Plate Seats, Capital One Club, Premium Dugout, VIP Infield, and Premium Infield locations are available only on a season ticket basis.
Opening Day Online Ticket Opportunity
The club also announced specifics of an Online Ticket Opportunity that will allow fans the chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day, Friday, April 10 against the Houston Astros.
Beginning Monday, February 2 at 9:00 a.m. and continuing through Wednesday, February 18 at 5:00 p.m., fans can go to texasrangers.com/presale and register for the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets to Opening Day. Following registration, a pool of randomly selected registrants will be chosen and provided access to an online pre-sale opportunity, based on available inventory. Those selected will be notified by email no later than Monday, February 23.
A limited number of reserved seats, obstructed view seating, and standing room only tickets will be included in the ticket opportunity. There is no charge to register for this opportunity. This will be the only chance for fans to purchase single game tickets for Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
10-Game Plans Include Free Ticket to Opening Day
There will still be other options available for fans to guarantee their places at Globe Life Park in Arlington for Opening Day, including through the purchase of a 10-Game Plan, which includes a free ticket to Opening Day.
With six different 10-Packs to choose from, packages start at just $160 per plan. The 10-Game Plan offer several benefits, including a savings on Premier pricing (fans pay regular price for Premier games) and having the exact same seat location for the 10 games of each plan (exact seating is not guaranteed for Opening Day). In addition, 10-Game Plan buyers will receive a priority opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public should the Rangers make the Postseason.
The 10-Game Plans went on sale TODAY, WEDNESDAY January 14. Fans can call 972-RANGERS x3 or visit texasrangers.com/10gameplans for more information. Tickets can also be purchased at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Normal business hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  All 10– game plans receive digital tickets through a personalized My Rangers Ticket account online.  Please note that no printed tickets will be sent for 10-game plans.
Select 2015 Individual Game Ticket Offers
The Rangers will again have a number of individual game ticket offers to provide added value, including the following:
 
OZARKA ONLINE TICKET TUESDAY: Tickets for most Tuesday home games are half price in Upper Reserved, Upper Box, Lexus Club Terrace, and Lower Reserved when purchased online at texasrangers.com/specials.  Offer is not valid for June 16, or July 28.  Offer subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer.  Limit 12.
 
COCA-COLA FAMILY PACKS: Coca-Cola Family Packs offer some of the best available value at Globe Life Park.  Family packs include four tickets, four jumbo hot dogs, four Coke soft drinks, two kids zone wristbands, and one souvenir program.  Coca-Cola Family Packs are available in the Upper Reserved seating area for $69, or the Lower Reserved for $113.  Additional persons may be added (one program per four tickets, one kids zone wristband per two tickets).  Offer is available at texasrangers.com/specials, via phone, or at box office for all Sunday through Thursday non-premier regular-season games except May 28 and 31, June 15 and 16, July 5, and 27 – 30, August 2 and October 4.  Offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer.  Limit 12.
 
Other ticket discounts will be announced as they are finalized for 2015. For a list of updated ticket discounts during the season, fans can go to texasrangers.com/specials.
 
Regular home game times in 2015 will once again be 7:05 p.m. CT for night games; 1:05 p.m. CT for weekday day games; and 2:05 p.m. CT for Sunday games. The confirmed exceptions are the home opener, Friday, April 10 versus Houston (3:05 p.m. CT); Saturday, May 30 versus Boston (6:15 p.m. CT for FOX national telecast); Saturday, June 11 versus Minnesota (3:05 p.m. CT); Saturday, July 4 versus Los Angeles Angels (8:05 p.m. CT); and Saturday, July 11 versus San Diego (8:05 p.m. CT).
 
All game times are subject to change pending changes in the schedule of national television games.

Rangers sign Of Carlos Peguero

The Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Peguero to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. He hit 30 home runs last year at Triple A Omaha.

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