The Rangers are trying to get first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu, who is a free agent after defecting from Cuba. Indications on Thursday night is the White Sox have emerged as the front-runners. But nothing is expected to come down tonight. One source suggested the Rangers had a real shot at Abreu but others suggest that they are not going to be able to land him.
The Rangers are definitely making a push for Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu. The are indications that Abreu is close to a decision and the Rangers could end up getting him. The White Sox are also hot after him but one source familiar with the negotiations said the Rangers are expected to land him.
Nolan Ryan is retiring at the end of the month. The announcement came down today
“This is the right time for me to step down from my role of overseeing the Rangers organization,” said Ryan. “I am extremely proud of what this organization has accomplished. On the field, we have enjoyed great success at the major league level. The fans have supported us in record numbers the last two years and we have been able to upgrade the ballpark and enhance the in-game experience to reward that loyalty.”
The Rangers have re-signed relief pitcher Jason Frasor to a one-year contact for $1.75 millon plus incentives.
Frasor appeared in 61 games during the 2013 season: 49 IP, 36 Hits, 20 BB, 48 K, 2.57 ERA.
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The Rangers have designated infielder Jeff Baker for assignment. The move allows the Rangers to activate pitcher Matt West off the disabled list and place him on the 40-man roster. Baker is eligible for free agency after the World Series anyway so this is just a procedural move.
This move allows West to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. He missed the entire season while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.
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General manager Jon Daniels said Ron Washington’s contract situation will be discussed privately. Washington is signed only through next year but Daniels remains supportive of Washington and said any thoughts of a change this off-season were driven by the media and did not come from the Rangers.
Daniels, in his post-season address to the media, said the Rangers have to get back to their roots of making good baseball decision.
The Rangers also appear hesitant about picking up Joe Nathan’s $9.5 million option and may look at other ways to fill the role of closer.
Daniels also indicated the Rangers will extend a qualifying offer to free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.