Inbox: What is Rangers' vision for Ohtani?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers fans' questions

Inbox: What is Rangers' vision for Ohtani?

Let's suppose the Rangers win the lottery and sign Shohei Ohtani. Could there be a possibility of him pitching one day and be the designated hitter the other four days? Or what do you think his role could be in the Major League Baseball?
-- Adrian R., San Antonio

The Rangers want Ohtani as a pitcher, and so does just about every other ballclub. The hitting part of it is a sideshow. Maybe Ohtani is one-in-a-million player and he can do both. It is almost assuredly going to be a major negotiating point and a club will likely have to make some concessions in that area to sign him. But teams -- especially the Rangers -- need pitching, and that is Ohtani's main attraction. The Rangers have never had trouble finding somebody to be the designated hitter.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers acquire starter, add 6 to 40-man roster

Texas gets 22-year-old righty from Yankees for young lefty Sanmartin

Rangers acquire starter, add 6 to 40-man roster

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers acquired their first new candidate for the starting rotation when they traded for right-handed pitcher Ronald Herrera from the Yankees and added him to their 40-man roster. In exchange, the Rangers gave up Minor League lefty Reiver Sanmartin.

The Rangers also added six Minor League players to their 40-man roster: right-handed pitchers Jonathan Hernandez and Ariel Jurado, left-handed pitchers Brett Martin and Joe Palumbo, catcher Jose Trevino and utility player Isiah Kiner-Falefa. All six were eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft if not protected.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seven former Rangers on 2018 HOF ballot

Seven former Rangers on 2018 HOF ballot

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers won't be front and center at next summer's Hall of Fame ceremonies like they were this year when Ivan Rodriguez was inducted. Rodriguez joined Nolan Ryan as the only two players who went into the Hall of Fame wearing the Rangers cap.

But the Rangers are well-represented on the current Hall of Fame ballot as far as candidates who did make at least a brief stop in Arlington. There are seven players on the ballot, released Monday, who wore the Rangers uniform, headed by Vladimir Guerrero. The official announcement is scheduled for Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. CT on MLB Network and MLB.com..

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A look back at birthday boy Gallo's 2017 HRs

A look back at birthday boy Gallo's 2017 HRs

Joey Gallo turned 24 on Sunday, but he already ranks as one of the Majors' top producers of eye-popping home runs.

The young Rangers slugger entered some elite company with his 41-homer campaign in 2017, becoming one of 21 players to ever hit at least 40 dingers before his age-24 season. He also joined Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds -- some elite company as far as power hitters go -- as one of only three players to register more homers than singles in a qualified season.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre wins Personality of Year in MLB Awards

Beltre wins Personality of Year in MLB Awards

ARLINGTON -- The baseball world saw on July 30 why Adrian Beltre has been selected as the Personality of the Year in the Esurance MLB Awards.

That was the day Beltre lined a double to left field off Orioles pitcher Wade Miley for the 3,000th hit of his career. When it was over, his family spilled onto the field to congratulate Beltre and his emotions immediately spilled over amid the hugs and kisses.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitching market may determine DeShields' status

If Rangers unable to satisfy need for arms, center field could become free-agency focus

Pitching market may determine DeShields' status

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Rangers' offseason plans have been known to change on the fly.

Pitching is Texas' top priority this winter, as there is a need for possibly three starting pitchers as well as bullpen help. But the Rangers may not be able to fill all of their shopping needs given a thin free-agent market and the high demand for pitching around the game.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Daniels, Rangers working on extension

Source: Daniels, Rangers working on extension

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are planning to work on a contract extension for general manager Jon Daniels, sources said Thursday. The extension could be completed before the Winter Meetings in December.

The extension discussions were first reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from the General Managers Meetings this week in Orlando.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers get Minors OF to finish Dyson trade

Cole batted .249 with 7 homers for Giants' Double-A affiliate

Rangers get Minors OF to finish Dyson trade

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired Minor League outfielder Hunter Cole from the Giants as the player to be named in the June 6 trade for reliever Sam Dyson.

The loss should not impact the Giants significantly. Cole, who has spent the past three years at Double-A Richmond, was not ranked among the club's Top 30 prospects by MLBPipeline.com.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Daniels addresses Profar situation

Daniels addresses Profar situation

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The saga of infielder Jurickson Profar moves into another offseason without a resolution in sight.

Profar's future remains murky as the Rangers ponder holding on to him for insurance or attempting to cut their losses by including him in a trade. It has become a tedious script for a player who was once considered baseball's top Minor League prospect (2013) before missing two full seasons (2014-15) because of a shoulder injury.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Andrus named Rangers Player of the Year

Charity dinner set for Jan. 19; tickets on texasrangers.com

Andrus named Rangers Player of the Year

ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus has been selected as the Rangers Player of the Year and will be honored at the Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Award Dinner.

The dinner will be take place on Friday, Jan. 19, at Gilley's Dallas. Tickets are available at www.texasrangers.com/awards. Tickets are $110.00 each with tables of 10 also available. Net proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers target pitching at GM Meetings

Daniels exploring all options for improving starting rotation

Rangers target pitching at GM Meetings

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is talking about pitching. That has been the club's mission from the beginning of the offseason and continues at the annual General Managers Meetings.

"Had a first round of conversations back home with both clubs and agents, and have a chance to get together in person, advance the ball on a couple things and see where it goes," Daniels said on Monday. "Hard to say as far as timing when things get done. Probably have a better sense of things after this week."

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com and contributed to this story.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martinez has hernia surgery, will be ready for ST

Martinez has hernia surgery, will be ready for ST

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, the club revealed on Monday.

Martinez had the surgery last Thursday in Philadelphia. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers, who did the same operation on shortstop Elvis Andrus last offseason.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Rangers make a play for Arrieta?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers questions from fans

Inbox: Will Rangers make a play for Arrieta?

What are the odds of Jake Arrieta signing with the Rangers? He grew up in Plano.
-- John K., Plano, Texas

Here is the problem with Arrieta -- who went to Plano East High -- and Yu Darvish, who many are keen on bringing back to Texas. The Rangers are looking for three starters, plus bullpen help and possibly a defensive center fielder. If Texas needed just one starter, Arrieta or Darvish would make much more sense. But they are the top two free-agent pitchers on the market, and they will cost the most. Since the Rangers must buy in bulk, they are better off putting either Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb at the top of their shopping list, unless they can pull off getting Shohei Ohtani.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

9-time All-Star wants to spend more time with family, manage some day

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career.

And although the 40-year-old is riding off into the sunset as a champion, the Astros' championship was not a factor in his decision to walk away from the game he loves.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kela begins nine-day MLB trip to China

Rangers pitcher to visit development centers on promotional tour

Kela begins nine-day MLB trip to China

Rangers pitcher Keone Kela is visiting two Major League Baseball Development Centers in China, where he will work with student-athletes to promote the game in Shanghai. The trip began Saturday and will take course over a week and a half.

The trip is part of a continued effort that MLB began in 2003 to promote baseball in China. Kela, who is visiting development centers in Wuxi and Nanjing as well as the Dongshan School in the Jiangning District, Nanjing City, is being accompanied by Rick Dell, MLB's director of baseball development in Asia, and Simon Huang, MLB Development Center manager of business operations, as well as other members of the program's staff.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitch or hit? Ohtani open to both -- or either

Japanese two-way superstar: 'It's not just about what I want to do'

Pitch or hit? Ohtani open to both -- or either

International superstar Shohei Ohtani has been a force both on the mound and at the plate in five seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League.

Ohtani possesses one of the more unique and unprecedented skill sets among any player in baseball history, and during a news conference held in Tokyo on Saturday, the 23-year-old expressed his desire to discuss his future role with Major League Baseball teams pursuing his services this offseason.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers pass on Cashner, Napoli, Barnette

Perez's option picked up; no qualifying offer for Gomez

Rangers pass on Cashner, Napoli, Barnette

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have made pitching a priority this offseason, but their first moves were subtraction. The Rangers announced on Monday they declined a $4 million club option on reliever Tony Barnette and decided against a $17.4 million qualifying offer for free-agent starter Andrew Cashner.

The Rangers did pick up a $6 million option on left-hander Martin Perez. But they did not pick up an $11 million option on first baseman Mike Napoli and did not extend a qualifying offer to outfielder Carlos Gomez.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wakamatsu, Warthen join Rangers' staff

Wakamatsu, Warthen join Rangers' staff

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added significant experience to their coaching staff by hiring Don Wakamatsu as bench coach and Dan Warthen as assistant pitching coach.

Steve Buechele, who had been the bench coach for the past two years, has been reassigned as the first-base coach. The Rangers also officially announced Colby Lewis has rejoined the organization as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Should Rangers go after Stanton?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan fields fans' questions

Inbox: Should Rangers go after Stanton?

With Giancarlo Stanton now being shopped by the Marlins, what would it take to realistically get him in a Rangers uniform? I know we need pitching, however pitching apparently doesn't win championships anymore, high power numbers do.
-- Jimmy K., Arlington

It's guaranteed that either Nomar Mazara or Joey Gallo are included in that deal, and the Rangers would probably attempt to get the Marlins to bite on Rougned Odor. After that, it would be an all-out assault on the Rangers' farm-system pitching beginning with Cole Ragans, Kyle Cody, Yohander Mendez, et. al. Assuming the Rangers could afford the contract, the player cost would be sizable.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Below is a recap of each player's performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year's exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Rangers break ground on Texas Live! hotel

Rangers break ground on Texas Live! hotel

ARLINGTON -- There is a steel-framed structure rising up at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Nolan Ryan Expressway, and a sizable hole in the ground next to it. Across the expressway, on the south side of Randol Mill across from Globe Life Park, the pastoral tree-covered hill has completely disappeared in the excavation of the Rangers' new ballpark.

The sounds of construction were heard everywhere on a cold Wednesday morning as the Rangers joined together with their new business partners to officially break ground on a new luxury hotel scheduled to open in 2019.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers have 3 Q's to answer in offseason

Rangers have 3 Q's to answer in offseason

ARLINGTON -- The offseason offers up many questions, but with the Rangers, it all comes back to Japanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani. No matter how many times the Rangers' offseason goals are analyzed, Ohtani's name floats to the surface immediately above all others.

Now that the World Series is over and clubs have offered up various field managers and coaches, it is time for Ohtani Watch to begin in earnest. First, he has to be posted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. There also needs to be a clear understanding of the process and the protocol. Then the competition begins.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB's newest managers have ties to Rangers

4 of 5 recent hires spent part of playing career with Texas

MLB's newest managers have ties to Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Former Rangers keep getting hired for the managerial positions that opened this offseason in Major League Baseball.

So far, four new hires have been candidates who played for the Rangers, even if only for a short period of time. Gabe Kapler, who the Phillies tapped as their manager, had the most time with the Rangers, as an outfielder in 2000-02. Mickey Callaway (Mets) pitched in 10 games for the Rangers in 2003-04, Dave Martinez (Nationals) played in 38 games for Texas in 1999 and Alex Cora (Red Sox) played in four games at the end of the 2010 season.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lewis to rejoin Rangers as special assistant

Lewis to rejoin Rangers as special assistant

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are working out an agreement with former pitcher Colby Lewis to rejoin the organization as a special assistant.

Lewis, who has never officially retired, would work in a similar capacity as former teammates Michael Young, Darren Oliver and Ivan Rodriguez as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Should Rangers focus on lowering K's?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers questions from fans

Inbox: Should Rangers focus on lowering K's?

The Rangers need pitching help, but are personnel changes being contemplated to lower strikeouts and increase team batting average and on-base percentage?
-- Bill W., Amarillo, Texas

The Rangers had an astounding eight players with at least 100 strikeouts: Joey Gallo, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Gomez, Nomar Mazara, Delino DeShields and Elvis Andrus.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bush undergoes surgery on right shoulder

Bush undergoes surgery on right shoulder

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Matt Bush underwent surgery on his right shoulder last Thursday, the club has revealed.

The 31-year-old underwent a procedure described as an an arthroscopic acromioclavicular (AC) joint resection in his right shoulder. It involves removing a segment of bone at the end of his clavicle to relieve the pain in his AC joint.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.