Outfield an area Rangers are looking to upgrade

Pitching remains top priority, but club wants bat to bolster offense

Outfield an area Rangers are looking to upgrade

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers dropped two outfielders on Thursday by trading Daniel Robertson to the Angels and designating Jim Adduci for assignment. They also added a catcher, signing Chris Gimenez to a Minor League contract.

The moves may signal a shift in priorities. Finding outfield help may move above catching in the Rangers' plans, although it's still unlikely they'll make an expensive addition in either area. Starting pitching is still the Rangers' top priority, so don't expect free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz to return to Arlington. It's not going to happen.

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Rangers add four to roster, trade Robertson to Halos

Top prospects Alfaro, Jackson protected from upcoming Rule 5 Draft

Rangers add four to roster, trade Robertson to Halos

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added four prospects to their 40-man roster while trading outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Angels for a player to be named later.

The Rangers also designated outfielder Jim Adduci for assignment and put pitchers Miles Mikolas and Aaron Poreda on unconditional release waivers. Both pitchers are expected to play in Japan next season. The Rangers are also exploring the possibility of selling Adduci to a Japanese team as well.

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Rangers in wait-and-see mode with Ogando

Rangers in wait-and-see mode with Ogando

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers were hoping that injured right-handed pitcher Alexi Ogando would be ready by now to begin throwing in the Dominican Winter League. That is not going to happen anytime soon.

Ogando has informed the Rangers that he is not yet comfortable pitching in a competitive game. Instead, he will continue to go through his rehab program as he tries to come back from the elbow problems that cut short his 2014 season.

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Rangers bring back catcher Gimenez on Minors deal

Rangers bring back catcher Gimenez on Minors deal

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have brought back catcher Chris Gimenez on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The club also added pitcher David Martinez on a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite.

Gimenez. 31, played in 34 games with the Rangers this past season and hit .262 with 10 doubles, no home runs and 11 RBIs. He had a .331 on-base percentage and a .355 slugging percentage. Rangers pitchers had a 4.04 ERA with him behind the plate, and he developed a good working relationship with starting pitcher Yu Darvish.

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Waiver wire, Minor Leagues a treasure trove for Rangers

Texas scouring lists for hidden gems such as Tolleson, Cotts, Smolinski

Waiver wire, Minor Leagues a treasure trove for Rangers

ARLINGTON -- On Thursday, the Rangers will mark the one-year anniversary of one of their most successful offseason transactions.

Yes, Thursday marks one year since the Rangers traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers for first baseman Prince Fielder. But it will also be one year since they claimed pitcher Shawn Tolleson off of waivers from the Dodgers.

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Rangers hire Beasley to be third-base coach

Rangers hire Beasley to be third-base coach

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers completed the largest coaching staff in franchise history by hiring Tony Beasley as their third-base coach.

Beasley is the eighth coach to join new manager Jeff Banister's staff. He replaces Gary Pettis, who is now the third-base coach for the Astros.

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Inbox: Should Rangers deal Andrus for pitching?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers Texas fans' questions

Inbox: Should Rangers deal Andrus for pitching?

Do you think the Rangers will trade Elvis Andrus for pitching?
-- Byron C., Richardson, Texas

The Mets are looking for a shortstop and appear to have pitching, whether it is Jon Niese at the Major League level or Rafael Montero and Steven Matz in the Minor Leagues. Niese and Montero would be a good return for the Rangers, although they would rather have somebody like Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard.

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Rangers announce 2015 Spring Training schedule

Rangers announce 2015 Spring Training schedule

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will open their Cactus League schedule against the Royals at 1:05 p.m. MT on March 4 against the Royals at Surprise Stadium.

The Rangers announced their Spring Training schedule on Monday, which consists of 30 games in Arizona, two against the Dodgers on March 20-21 in San Antonio and two against the Mets on April 3-4 in Arlington. The Rangers open the regular season on April 6 against the Athletics in Oakland.

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Daniels, Levine receive contract extensions

Rangers front-office execs will remain in Arlington through 2018 under new deals

Daniels, Levine receive contract extensions

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are trying to bring some stability to their organization as they close out a tumultuous year, and the organization has announced extensions for president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels and assistant GM Thad Levine.

According to sources, the new deal keeps both under contract with the Rangers through 2018.

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MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Success breeds continuity for Rangers

Daniels, Levine rewarded with contract extensions

Success breeds continuity for Rangers

With a slew of management changes in the last 14 months, fresh off a season in which they lost an American League-most 95 games, and with a budget that won't allow any high-priced offseason quick-fix moves, what the Rangers needed was a statement of stability from ownership.

And they got it on Friday.

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

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After flurry of off-field moves, Texas eyes trade market

Rangers planning to hold onto Andrus, seeking rotation depth

After flurry of off-field moves, Texas eyes trade market

ARLINGTON -- So far the Rangers have spent the offseason making news off the field, with the hiring of Jeff Banister as manager, the addition of Michael Young to the front office and the contract extensions to president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels and assistant GM Thad Levine.

But on-field news should be forthcoming, as the Rangers continue to focus on trying to add starting pitching and a catcher to pair with Robinson Chirinos. Texas is expecting to re-sign Colby Lewis to their starting rotation, but the organization is looking beyond just that one move.

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Choo hosts Miracle League baseball clinic

Outfielder joined by teammate Scheppers in camp for special-needs children

Choo hosts Miracle League baseball clinic

SOUTHLAKE, Texas -- Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hosted a baseball clinic for Southlake Miracle League campers Thursday at Carroll High School.

Alongside Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers and bench coach Steve Buechele, Choo spent the afternoon teaching 25 Miracle League players the basics of hitting, catching and pitching. Hosting the Miracle League Baseball Clinic was a natural fit for Choo, who focuses his foundation time on helping children in the community.

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Madison Pelletier is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Rangers extend Spanish broadcast contract

Rangers extend Spanish broadcast contract

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reached a multiyear contract extension with Deportes Media to continue their Spanish broadcasts on ESPN Deportes 1540 AM.

The agreement includes coverage of most regular-season and playoff games as well as select Spring Training games. The station will complement its play-by-play coverage with Rangers-themed programming.

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Rangers, Dodgers to square off at Alamodome

In Big League Weekend's third year, teams to play pair of exhibitions

Rangers, Dodgers to square off at Alamodome

The Rangers and the defending National League West champion Dodgers will play a pair of exhibition games in the Alamodome in San Antonio next March as part of the Big League Weekend, which returns for its third year.

The announcement was made Wednesday by officials from Ryan Sanders Baseball and the Rangers, who will be under the direction of first-year manager Jeff Banister. The Dodgers had their Double-A affiliate in San Antonio for 23 years.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Rangers look to Banister to institute change

New manager has opportunity to steer healthy club in right direction

Rangers look to Banister to institute change

PHOENIX -- The Texas Rangers had a fairly simple storyline in 2014. That would be the injuries.

This is a perfectly reasonable explanation. Perfectly legitimate, too. But not the entire story.

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Rangers' Faces of Freedom sends veterans to D.C.

DALLAS -- Tears welled up in the eyes of 69-year-old Elivorio Luna early Tuesday morning at Love Field when the Vietnam War veteran was asked about the emotions he would feel on his first trip to Washington D.C.

Luna, a United States Marine who served 13 1/2 months in Vietnam -- most of them in ground combat in the Da Nang region in 1968 -- was preparing for a visit to the National Mall to view the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War monuments as part of the Rangers' and Southwest Airlines' Faces of Freedom program.

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Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Darvish to have MRI on right elbow next week

Rangers optimistic righty will be able to begin throwing program after exam

Darvish to have MRI on right elbow next week

PHOENIX -- Yu Darvish will undergo an MRI on his right elbow on Nov. 20, with the Rangers optimistic he'll be cleared to begin a full throwing program aimed at getting him ready for the start of the 2015 regular season.

"All reports are positive," general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday at the General Managers Meetings. "He feels very good. We'll get 100-percent clearance on him then to start his throwing program in December."

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Beltre to be honored as Rangers Player of Year

Beltre to be honored as Rangers Player of Year

Named Rangers Player of the Year, third baseman Adrian Beltre will be among those honored at the 2015 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Jan. 23 at Dallas Omni Hotel.

Tickets for the dinner, which honors a number of baseball personalities, went on sale Tuesday at texasrangers.com/awards and are $100 each, with tables of 10 available for $1,000. Proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. CT, with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m.

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

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Inbox: Who is the Rangers' true staff ace?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers questions from Rangers fans

Inbox: Who is the Rangers' true staff ace?

Email your questions to Rangers beat reporter T.R. Sullivan for future Inbox consideration.

Do you honestly see Yu Darvish as the ace of this team? To me, it seems that Derek Holland has earned that right, as a true team player/leader. I know Yu has good numbers, but what has he really accomplished since signing with the Rangers? I personally believe this is Holland's team and wish he would get the respect he deserves.
-- Dean R., McKinney, Texas

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Rangers eye free-agent catcher to complement Chirinos

Hundley an option on open market, or club could look to sign a familiar face

Rangers eye free-agent catcher to complement Chirinos

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will not forget about their catching situation as they move into the offseason. The intriguing question is if they will remember some of the catchers who have been here before or if they will spend a little extra money to sign Nick Hundley.

The Rangers aren't looking for a big fix at catcher. The club liked what Robinson Chirinos did last season, and it likes what the future holds for Jorge Alfaro, Tomas Telis and others in its farm system.

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Beltre in elite group with fourth Silver Slugger

All-Star joins Boggs, Schmidt, Williams as only third basemen to win more than three

Beltre in elite group with fourth Silver Slugger

ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was selected for his fourth Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award and his third in the last five seasons.

The award goes to the top offensive player at each position. Beltre also won one with the Dodgers in 2004, the Red Sox in 2010 and the Rangers in 2011. He is the fourth third baseman to win the award at least four times since its inception in 1980.

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Rangers Baseball Foundation presents $10,000 grant

ARLINGTON -- Celeste High School in Hunt County, northeast of Dallas, is the latest benefactor of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

The Foundation is presenting a grant for $10,000 in conjunction with Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company to the Jordan Casey Wright Foundation of Celeste. The presentation was made by Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson, Globe Life executive Corey Jones and Texas Rangers Foundation executive director Karin Morris on Friday at a rally at the high school.

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Rangers' De Leon rakes in Fall League win

17-year-old has four RBIs in victory for Surprise over Glendale

Rangers' De Leon rakes in Fall League win

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On a daily basis, Rangers prospect Michael De Leon is proving that age is just a number.

The 17-year old is the youngest player in the history of the Arizona Fall League, but his age has hardly been a factor as he continues to prove he belongs.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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Young named special assistant to GM by Rangers

Former player to have voice in all aspects of baseball operations

Young named special assistant to GM by Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was quick to point out Wednesday one of Michael Young's new duties as his special assistant.

"Michael's already agreed to handle all tough conversations with players changing positions," Daniels said.

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Eli Young Band's House Party set for Saturday

Eli Young Band's House Party set for Saturday

ARLINGTON -- Globe Life Park will be swaying to the music this weekend with the second annual Eli Young Band's House Party beginning at 5 p.m. CT on Saturday.

Tickets for the House Party are on sale at texasrangers.com/eliyoungband or by calling 972-RANGERS. Tickets will also be on sale at the Globe Life Park box office on the day of the event.

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Magadan hopes to help Rangers get swagger back on offense

Hitting coach looks for Texas to rebound with improved attitude at plate in 2015

Magadan hopes to help Rangers get swagger back on offense

ARLINGTON -- Dave Magadan, having agreed last week to return as the Rangers' hitting coach, is busy mapping out a mission for his hitters in 2015 as they try to recover from the trials and tribulations they went through in '14.

Magadan does not want his hitters to forget about what happened this past season. Instead, he wants them to use it to cop an attitude for next season.

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Andrus, Banister headline an Evening with the Rangers

Andrus, Banister headline an Evening with the Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Manager Jeff Banister and shortstop Elvis Andrus will headline an Evening with the Rangers on Dec. 17 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Banister and Andrus will attend as special guests. Couples attending the event will be able to pose for photographs and receive an autographed baseball from Banister and Andrus as well as a Rangers goody bag. There will be a question and answer session with Banister and Andrus as well as other special features. Guests will also be treated to a multi-course holiday dinner.

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