The Rangers have signed nine pre-arbitration eligible players. The nine players are pitchers Lisalverto Bonilla, Cory Burns, Wilmer Font, Roman Mendez, and Tanner Scheppers, infielder Luis Sardinas, and outfielders James Adduci, Engel Beltre, and Michael Choice. The club now has 29 of the 41 players on the major league roster under contract for 2014.
Outfielder Alex Rios is in camp and has been given Nelson Cruz’s old locker. In other symmetry, Prince Fielder has Ian Kinsler’s locker and catcher J.P. Arencibia is where A.J. Pierzynski used to be. Joe Nathan’s locker has been taken over by Jose Contreras.
Right-handed pitcher Shawn Tolleson is day-to-day with a sprained left ankle but did some light throwing on the side Sunday.
Yu Darvish said he hasn’t been told yet that he is the Opening Day started but added he would prepare for it just like any other start.
Manager Ron Washington on Darvish’s first bullpen session: “Outstanding bullpen. He was spotting his fastball and getting bite on his breaking pitches. He threw the ball well.”
Washington on the loss of Derek Holland: “You’re talking about a guy who for the past four or five years was a horse for us as far as innings. It’s a big blow but one thing we feel like is we have depth in our pitching so somebody has to step up. When I heard the news about Derek, all I thought about is getting him well and having him later on in the year, We’re going to do what we’ve always done in Texas, go with what we have, do the best we can and continue to win ballgames.
The Rangers have brought some of their top Minor League hitting prospects into camp. Among those are outfielder Zach Cone, the 37th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Georgia who missed most of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. He is healthy again.
He said it
“I wouldn’t say nerves but I was a little more tense. It was nice to be outside in the warm weather. The real test will be when I face hitters and get the adrenaline going. But I feel good today.”
Rando Galloway is officially retired from the Star-Telegram and probably isn’t going to tell this story in public about Jim Fregosi. So I will.
On July 11, 1973, the Rangers purchased Fregosi from the Mets. He was in the twilighht of a great career.
In Fregosi’s first game with the Rangers, he apparently let a ground ball get through him for an error.
Galloway, acerbic as ever, wrote something like: “Jim Fregosi showed up yesterday with the Rangers and let a routine ground ball get through him for an eror. If Fregosi can’t field a routine ground ball, he is not going to be around here much longer.”
The next day Galloway showed up at Arlington Stadium and Fregosi yelled: “Which one of you is Galloway.”
Galloway fessed up. Fregosi looked at him and said something like:
“Kid, One thing you need to understand. No ground ball hit to me is routine.”
Galloway and Fregosi ended up being great friends. Who didn’t.
One thing you should understand when you are reading about the passing of Fregosi and his accomplishments as a manager and a scout…
He was an outstanding shortstop. From 1963-70, he may have been the best shortstop in the American League. He didn’t have the same long career but at his peak, Jim Fregosi was as good as Derek Jeter.
Yes he was really that good. And a better person.
The Rangers have avoided an arbitration case by signing Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal worth 2.65 million. All their arbitration cases have been settled.
The Rangers have finnally announced the signing of pitcher Tommy Hanson. To make room on the 40-man roster, Joseph Ortiz has been put on the disabled list.
Here at the Rangers Spring Training complex, Yu Darvish threw a 22-pitch bullpen. Then he rode off into the desert on his bicycle.
Infielder Jurickson Profar is dealing with tendinitis in his right shoulder and will be behind the rest of the infielders when Spring Training starts. He’ll need at least a week to get back to a throwing program. Rangers still expect him to be their starting second baseman.
General manager Jon Daniels said he has remained in contact with Nelson Cruz’s agent but still expects him to sign elsewhere. Rangers aren’t expected to sign another right-handed bat, according to Daniels
Daniels declined to comment on reports the Rangers have signed pitcher Tommy Hanson. The Rangers are likely waiting until later this week when they can put Derek Holland on the 60-day DL and open a 40-man roster spot for him.
Daniels is hopefully they can avoid an arbitration hearing with Mitch Moreland. He said they are getting close. THe hearing is Feb. 19.
Reliever Ben Rowen is dealing with biceps tendinitis and will be behind other pitchers in camp.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with pitcher Tommy Hanson on a Minor League contract. He will come into Spring Training as a candidate for the rotation. The deal is pending on a physical scheduled for Tuesday.
Hanson was 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 13 starts and two relief appearances for the Angels last season while being sidelined from June 21 to July 23 with a strained right forearm. He was a prominent member of the Braves rotation from 2009-12 and was 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in 108 starts.