Rangers Release Phil Irwin

Aug 29, 2014 | No Comments

The Rangers announced that they have released right-hander Phil Irwin in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for infielder/outfielder Ryan Rua, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Round Rock. Rua will replace outfielder Jim Adduci, who has been placed on the 7-day concussion list, on the active roster. Irwin, 27, made one appearance for the Rangers this season, making a spot start back in early July and allowed three earned runs in four innings of work. That performance was similar to the lone spot start he made with the Pirates in 2013. Those two outings combined make up the entirety of Irwin’s Major League experience, but he does have a respectable 4.15 ERA with 9.5 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in 104 career innings at the Triple-A level. He was on the disabled list with Round Rock prior to this transaction. The 24-year-old Rua, a 17th-round pick of the Rangers back in the 2011 draft, has posted a combined .306/.378/.488 with 18 homers between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock

Pipeline Inbox: Will Syndergaard find MLB success?

Aug 29, 2014 | No Comments

Who will have a better big league career with the Mets, Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler? Which Arizona Fall League team is the most stacked? Jim Callis answers these questions and more in this week’s Inbox.

Rangers Notes: Lewis, Bridwell, Rosales

Aug 29, 2014 | No Comments

It’s definitely not the race the Rangers hoped to be leading in late August, but Texas is currently in position to land the first overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft.  As you can follow on MLBTR’s Reverse Standings, the Rangers currently have the game’s worst record at 52-81, narrowly putting them “ahead” of the Rockies (53-80), Diamondbacks (55-78) and Astros (57-78).  Houston, of course, is in line for two top-five draft choices since the team is already guaranteed the #2 pick in 2015 as compensation for failing to sign first overall selection Brady Aiken this past summer. Here’s the latest from Arlington… Colby Lewis wants to return next season and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News figures the team wouldn’t hesitate to re-sign him aside from the troubling issue of Lewis’ struggles at Globe Life Park.  Lewis has a 7.17 ERA in 13 home starts this season, as opposed to a 3.69 ERA in 11 road starts.  Overall in 2014, Lewis has a 5.44 ERA in 137 1/3 innings, though ERA predictors such as FIP (4.35), xFIP (4.30) and SIERA (4.15) indicate that he has been unlucky this year, possibly due to a .365 BABIP.  The veteran right-hander returned to action this season after being sidelined since July 2012 due to injuries, and his minor league deal with Texas is up after the season. The Rangers have long been interested in Orioles right-handed pitching prospect Parker Bridwell and have attempted to acquire him several times over the last three years, MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko reports

Pipeline Preview: Nola, Severino aim to finish strong

Aug 29, 2014 | No Comments

Friday, in their final starts of the season, Aaron Nola and Luis Severino, ranked Nos. 46 and 65 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, are set to square off, as Reading begins a four-game series at Trenton.

Adduci day to day after banging head on catch

Aug 29, 2014 | No Comments

Jim Adduci had to leave Thursday’s game, a 4-2 loss to the Astros, after hitting his head hard while making a terrific running catch in foul territory.

Choo’s surgery set for Friday, when Rios returns

Aug 28, 2014 | No Comments

Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday to have a bone spur removed from his left elbow. On the same day, Alex Rios is expected to be back in the lineup after dealing with a badly bruised right thumb.

On fantasy waiver wire, stick to reliable options

Aug 28, 2014 | No Comments

While some fantasy owners are anticipating the arrival of Minor Leaguers after Sept. 1, smart owners will scour their waiver wire for safer options who can help right away. This is not the time of the season for speculative additions. Instead, owners should be focused on adding reliable producers who will back up their star assets during the final weeks of the season.

Incaviglia paying dues as independent league skipper

Aug 28, 2014 | No Comments

Twenty-eight years ago, Pete Incaviglia went straight from the campus of Oklahoma State University into the cleanup spot in the Rangers’ Opening Day lineup. He never spent a day in instructional league. Incaviglia never rode the buses. He never caught the 5:30 a.m.

Singles hitters deserve just due for underrated stat

Aug 28, 2014 | No Comments

Nobody ever made a commercial about singles hitters. Fans dig the long ball. The bombs make the highlight shows, not the bingles. Singles can add up to something if you string a few together, but they’re no better than walks, right? Wrong. there are many reasons why singles are underrated and deserve their just due.

AL West Notes: Angels, Zduriencik, Chirinos

Aug 27, 2014 | No Comments

Wade LeBlanc struggled in his lone start for the Angels and found himself designated for assignment the next day, but manager Mike Scioscia explained to reporters, including MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, that the poor outing wasn’t necessarily the cause of the DFA. “This isn’t a reactionary move to a bad outing from last night to say that we’re looking past Wade LeBlanc,” said Scioscia. “Right now, in the short term, we have to because we really don’t have many options for these next couple days, and you need a fresh arm out there.” The Halos are on the hunt for additional starting depth in the final days of August, but it remains to be seen whether GM Jerry Dipoto and his staff can add yet another arm from outside the organization. Here’s more on the Angels and the AL West… Angels owner Arte Moreno is remaining adamant that his team will not cross the $189MM luxury tax threshold next year, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from rival clubs. The Halos already have $140MM worth of luxury tax commitments on the books, and adding an arm like Bartolo Colon would add $10MM more to that commitment (luxury tax is calculated based on the average annual value of a player’s contract). That makes both Scott Feldman and A.J. Burnett difficult fits as well