Tag: AL West

Jurickson Profar Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Rangers 3B

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in search of an answer at second base, and a report Friday revealed they have held discussions involving Texas Rangers utility man Jurickson Profar. Continue for updates. Dodgers Exploring Profar Among Second Base Options Friday, Jan. 20 According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, L.A. is attempting to pry Brian Dozier away from the Minnesota Twins, but it has also looked into Profar as a fallback option. Rosenthal characterized a Profar trade as unlikely, but he has yet to land a defined role with the Rangers. The Curacao native was among the hottest prospects in baseball a few years ago as a second baseman, but injuries forced him to miss the 2014 and 2015 campaigns before he return to the majors in 2016. Profar appeared in 90 games for Texas last season, hitting .239 with five home runs and 20 RBI. The 23-year-old switch-hitter was utilized all over the field, as he appeared ...




Josh Hamilton, Rangers Agree to Minor League Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

Veteran outfielder Josh Hamilton reached an agreement Tuesday to re-sign with the Texas Rangers.  Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first reported the new deal and noted the contract includes an option for Hamilton to request his release if he's not on the April 1 roster. Heyman also stated the new pact is for the minimum MLB salary ($535,000), if he makes the team. Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram confirmed the minor league deal. Hamilton said he will try to play first base, per TR Sullivan of MLB.com. Hamilton also told reporters said he has been cleared to resume all baseball activities. The 35-year-old slugger has failed to make an impact in recent years due to a combination of nagging injuries and off-field issues. He missed the entire 2016 season with the Rangers after undergoing surgery, his third procedure in a 10-month span, to reconstruct the ACL in his left knee. In 2015, Bill Madden and Michael ...




Tyson Ross to Rangers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Looking to get a fresh start on his career, starting pitcher Tyson Ross has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers.  MLB.com's TR Sullivan reported the two sides agreed to a one-year deal. According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, Ross' contract pays out $6 million guaranteed. However, Ross can earn more through bonuses.  Ross spent the previous four seasons with the San Diego Padres before the team decided to non-tender him in December, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.   Discussing the decision not to give Ross a contract for 2017, Padres general manager A.J. Preller only heaped praise on the right-hander. "We've seen him the last few years; he's been one of the better pitchers in the league," said Preller, per AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. "He's got a lot of talent. He's a guy that works very hard. He's a leader by example." Coming into 2016, there was ...




Making Sense of Baseball’s Edgar Martinez, Designated Hitter HOF Debate

The Hall of Fame lists Frank Thomas as a first baseman. Not as a first baseman/designated hitter. Not as a designated hitter/first baseman. Thomas started 340 more games as a DH than he did at first base, but nowhere on his Cooperstown plaque or on his page on the Hall of Fame website does it even mention his time at DH. Paul Molitor is a third baseman, according to the Hall, even though he started 1,168 games as a DH and 786 at third base. When will we put a DH in the Hall of Fame? We already have. Just not Edgar Martinez. He was so good at the job that baseball named the annual DH award after him. He's so connected to the job that you get the feeling it's the biggest thing keeping him out of Cooperstown. He was, as ESPN.com's Jayson Stark wrote, "one of the great hitters of his generation." And yet until ...




Santiago Casilla to A’s: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Veteran reliever Santiago Casilla has found a new home this offseason, agreeing to a deal with the Oakland Athletics.   Robert Murray of FanRag Sports first reported Casilla and the A's were nearing agreement on a two-year deal. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed the deal. Casilla has spent the previous seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants, playing an integral role in the team's World Series wins in 2012 and 2014 with a 0.63 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14.1 innings over 20 appearances.  The 36-year-old did start to show signs of slowing down last season, though he was hardly the only Giants reliever who struggled in 2016. His strikeout and strikeout-to-walk rates were fine, but opposing hitters did seem to be squaring him up with greater ease. It's hardly a surprise to see Casilla start to take a step back. He has pitched in a lot of games for the Giants over ...




What Carlos Correa Must Do to Reach Superstar Offensive Potential in 2017

The Houston Astros may have disappointed in 2016 after their big coming-out party in 2015, but don't worry. They could be a juggernaut in 2017 if everything goes right. That entails a lot of things, of course. But perhaps the most pressing matter at hand is Carlos Correa living up to his potential with the stick. That might read like a segue into a finger-wagging segment in which Correa is derided for having a bad sophomore year after winning the American League Rookie of the Year in 2015. But the thing is, he was mostly quite good in 2016. Correa played in 153 games and put up an .811 OPS with 20 home runs and 13 stolen bases. Per FanGraphs' WAR stat, he was a top-five shortstop. Per Baseball-Reference.com's WAR stat, he only narrowly missed being the best shortstop in the league: Corey Seager: 6.1 Carlos Correa: 5.9 By this measure, the 22-year-old already owns 10.1 ...




Jarrod Dyson to Mariners for Nathan Karns: Latest Trade Details, Reaction

The Seattle Mariners made a move to upgrade their outfield Friday when they acquired Jarrod Dyson from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, according to the News Tribune's Bob Dutton.   MLB.com's Greg Johns confirmed the report, and the Mariners made the move official shortly thereafter.  "Jarrod brings us a winning pedigree, along with elite-level defense and baserunning," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said, according to a team press release. "He joins players like Leonys Martin and Jean Segura in creating a disruptive element on the bases to our offensive game while also enhancing our ability to prevent runs on defense." After the Mariners announced the trade, Dyson posted a message on Twitter thanking the Royals organization: Dyson is not going to bring much power to the table considering he's tallied seven career home runs and 101 RBI since he debuted in 2010, but he will offer the Mariners a major upgrade on the ...




Rajai Davis to A’s: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Outfielder Rajai Davis signed with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported Davis' one-year deal worth $6 million from the A's. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed the deal, adding Davis can receive another $450,000 in performance bonuses. Davis, 36, had a solid season in 2016 for the Cleveland Indians, hitting .249 with 12 home runs, 48 RBI, 74 runs scored and an AL-high 43 stolen bases. While he is probably best served platooning in the outfield—he often sat against left-handed pitching with the Indians—he can still offer solid production. He has a .780 career OPS against left-handed pitching, but he actually hit better against righties (.708) than southpaws (.670) in 2016, per Baseball-Reference.com.  While Davis' offensive numbers were nothing special, he provided one of 2016's most dramatic moments with a game-tying two-run homer off Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of Game 7 ...




Ben Revere to Angels: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

The Los Angeles Angels have added free agent Ben Revere to their outfield mix for 2017.   ESPN's Buster Olney and the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reported Revere's agreement with the Angels. Olney wrote Revere's deal is for one year and $4 million. The Angels will be hoping Revere is due for a bounce-back season in 2017. The 28-year-old never got going last season with the Washington Nationals, suffering an oblique injury on Opening Day that kept him out until May 6. He wound up losing his starting spot to Trea Turner in the second half.  Revere's performance when he did play was lacking. He hit just .217/.260/.300 in 103 games with an OPS more than 100 points below his career mark (.662), per Baseball-Reference.com.  Despite his own numbers, Revere never caused problems for the Nationals. He told Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post in August that winning was all he focused on: I don’t want to be the ...




Carlos Beltran Signing Puts Astros One Step Away from AL Favorites

The last time Carlos Beltran was in a Houston Astros uniform, he was punishing baseballs left and right as he led the team deep into the postseason. It could be deja vu all over again 11 months from now. After parting ways back in 2004, Beltran and the Astros reunited Saturday. Buster Olney of ESPN.com was first to report the Astros had signed the 39-year-old switch-hitter to a one-year, $16 million contract. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Beltran's contract also features a full no-trade clause. Go ahead and score another one for an Astros lineup that has reached full ignition this winter. The Astros already had a core of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer, Evan Gattis, Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel. Now they have Brian McCann and Josh Reddick in addition to Beltran. Per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, here's how they could line up on Opening Day: The only major changes I'd make are ...




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