the Rangers have non-tendered Alexi Ogando, Adam Rosales and Michael Kirkman. Their roster is at 37.
Ogando was a surprise as the Rangers had given indications that they wanted to retain him. But his injured right elbow is apparently a major concern.
Mitch Moreland (left ankle surgery) and Jurickson Profar (right sub-scapular strain) have had follow-up MRIs and been reevaluated by Dr. Keith Meister as they continue to rehab from their season-ending injuries.
Dr. Meister reports that Moreland has been cleared for a progressive running program and will then progress to full activity. He should come to spring training with no restrictions.
Profar continues to make significant progression in his rehab program and should begin throwing in January. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
According to reports out of Korea, the Kia Tigers have rejected the winning bid for pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang. There have been conflicting reports as to whether the Rangers or the Twins submitted the highest bid. Either way, the bid has been rejected. The Rangers have to press on and find other ways to acquire starting pitching.
Presumably they will wait until after Thanksgiving and the 49ers-Seahawks game on Thursday night.
Yu Darvish underwent an MRI and a subsequent examination of his right elbow by Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday in Arlington. Dr. Meister reported that the MRI looked fine, and he has cleared Darvish to begin throwing on his normal schedule. Darvish is currently undergoing his normal off-season training program and expects to start throwing in early December. It is expected that Darvish will spend at least the next several weeks working out in Texas.
The Rangers have not been told they have won the bidding on Korean left-handed pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang. They and the Twins are considered the two most serious competitors. The Rangers won’t know until Yang’s team, the Kia Tigers, accept the bid and inform Major League Baseball. The team that wins the bid has 30 days to negotiate the contract.
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Yang, who will be 27 in March, posted a 4.25 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 165 innings in Korea in 2014. Those numbers don’t sound that impressive at first, but each team scores an average of 5.63 runs per game in the offense-heavy KBO, far higher than in the Majors, and Yang’s season earned him the KBO’s equivalent of the Cy Young award. Yang is viewed as a mid-rotation starter with No. 2 starter upside, the New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand reports. Yang has a smooth delivery and throws 92-95 MPH.
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.
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.