Rangers Shopping Jeremy Jeffress, Open To Offers On Keone Kela

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

5:23pm: Texas is also willing to listen to offers on young righty Keone Kela, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). Kela, 24, opened the year on optional assignment after running afoul of teammates. That also cost him the opportunity to reach three full years of service, thus delaying his ultimate free agency, though Kela will still qualify for arbitration next year as a Super Two. He has been quite good since returning to the majors, throwing 32 1/3 innings of 2.51 ERA ball while maintaining 12.2 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9. Shoulder soreness drove him to the DL for a stretch recently, so health is also a factor in his potential value. 4:20pm: The Rangers are shopping right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (via Twitter). It’s unclear at this point just where interest may lie, but it’s certainly plausible to imagine a number of organizations taking a look at the veteran hurler. Jeffress, the former Brewers closer, was traded to Texas alongside Jonathan Lucroy at last year’s non-waiver deadline. But he has struggled in his new environs — particularly in 2017.

Rangers Shopping Jeremy Jeffress

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Rangers are shopping right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (via Twitter). It’s unclear at this point just where interest may lie, but it’s certainly plausible to imagine a number of organizations taking a look at the veteran hurler. Jeffress, the former Brewers closer, was traded to Texas alongside Jonathan Lucroy at last year’s non-waiver deadline. But he has struggled in his new environs — particularly in 2017. The 29-year-old righty has followed up last year’s 2.33 ERA, 6.5 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and 60.3 percent ground-ball rate with an unsightly 5.21 ERA through 38 frames. Jeffress’ strikeout rate remains nearly identical to his 2016 level, but his walk rate has spiked to 4.3 BB/9, his grounder rate is down to 54.9 percent, and his fastball velocity is down more than a mile per hour (though still at an average of 94.3 mph). Jeffress was worked hard in April, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News recently noted, and then ultimately required a DL stay for a back injury in June. His health, then, appears to be at least partially in question, and interested teams will also need to weigh Jeffress’s DWI arrest last year

Looking For A Match In A Yu Darvish Trade

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

With next Monday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline looming, there’s a chance right-hander Yu Darvish’s start on Wednesday will go down as his last in a Rangers uniform. If that 3 2/3-inning, 10-earned run disaster against Miami does represent the impending free agent’s swan song in Texas, it’ll be a shame for both parties. Darvish has generally been masterful since signing a six-year, $56MM contract in 2012 to emigrate from Japan. The 30-year-old has pitched to a 3.42 ERA and totaled upward of 18 wins above replacement across nearly 800 innings, making his deal well worth the investment for Texas, even when including the $51.7MM posting fee. Darvish’s pact is now on the verge of expiring, while the Rangers are the owners of a 49-52 record after their 22-10 drubbing at the Marlins’ hands. That uninspiring mark has helped make the Rangers irrelevant in the American League West, which the 67-34 Astros ran away with long ago, but they’re still a more manageable 4.5 games out in a parity-laden wild-card race

Darvish remains in demand on trade market

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

Yu Darvish had the worst outing of his Major League career on Wednesday, allowing 10 earned runs over 3-2/3 innings in a lopsided loss to the Marlins. Still, he remains in high demand ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline — in part because of developments elsewhere in the Majors on the same day.

Marlins score 22 at Texas; Beltre ejected for antics

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Marlins unloaded on Rangers starter Yu Darvish early, and Miami cruised to a record-setting 22-10 victory on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park for its fourth win in its last six games.

Red Sox Sale away with trip-ending shutout

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Chris Sale proved to be the perfect solution to a four-game Red Sox losing streak Wednesday, as the lefty ace fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners to claim the three-game series finale. The Red Sox completed a 2-4 road trip to Anaheim and Seattle, during which Sale won the first and last games, with Wednesday’s victory preserving Boston’s one-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East at 56-47.

Brewers Acquire Anthony Swarzak

Brewers Acquire Anthony Swarzak

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

TODAY: Milwaukee has announced the swap, making it official. YESTERDAY: The Brewers and White Sox have reportedly agreed to a trade that will send right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak from Chicago to Milwaukee in exchange for 25-year-old infield/outfield prospect Ryan Cordell. After signing a minor league deal with a $900K base salary this offseason, the 31-year-old Swarzak has broken out with the best season of his career. In 48 1/3 innings with the South Siders, he’s averaged 9.7 K/9 against 2.4 BB/9 with a 40.5 percent ground-ball rate en route to a 2.23 ERA.

Rockies Seeking Catching Upgrades, Bullpen Arms

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Rockies are looking to upgrade behind the dish and are interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Sullivan’s colleague, Thomas Harding, reports that the Rox also have some interest in Braves backstop Kurt Suzuki and Tigers catcher Alex Avila. All three of the options listed are set to hit free agency upon completion of the 2017 campaign, and none of the bunch is earning at a substantial rate. Lucroy’s $5.75MM salary is the heftiest of the bunch, while Avila is earning $2MM in 2017 and Suzuki is owed only the balance of a $1.5MM base salary (plus some modest incentives). The 31-year-old entered the season as one of the consensus top free agents on the 2017-18 market, but he’s seen both his bat and his glove take steps backward in his first full season with Texas. After being acquired just prior to last year’s non-waiver deadline, Lucroy raked at an exceptional .276/.345/.539 pace with 11 homers in 168 plate appearances down the stretch. However, he’s batting just .240/.293/.339 through 294 plate appearances this season and has begun to cede some playing time to Robinson Chirinos. Lucroy has caught 30 percent of those that have attempted to steal against him, but he’s also seen his once-vaunted framing numbers deteriorate to the point that Baseball Prospectus ranks him as one of the league’s worst pitch framers. It’s the opposite story for the 30-year-old Avila, who has broken out in a substantial way in 2017.

Brewers bulk up bullpen with deal for Swarzak

Brewers bulk up bullpen with deal for Swarzak

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

The NL Central-leading Brewers added a weapon to their bullpen on Tuesday, acquiring veteran right-hander Anthony Swarzak from the White Sox, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

Ace in cards? Yanks, Nats, Dodgers eye prize

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

The starting-pitching market is turning into a game of three-card monte, and everybody is trying to find the ace. According to a source, the Yankees, Nationals and Dodgers are all increasing their efforts to land a top-notch starter, but at the moment, only two are available for certain — Sonny Gray and Justin Verlander.