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Baseball Trade Rumors App

As we head into the off season, we begin a phase of the baseball season that was never as fascinating to me when I was younger, but in the last decade or so, I became enthralled with all the movement of players and contracts and whatnot.   Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing as great as the game itself, but I’ve found my enjoyment of the process almost as great as the games themselves.  But not completely.  :)

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Main Unsorted News Page

I think social media has played a big part in my interest in all of this.  However, with all the official sources, the beat writers, players themselves, and just regular bloggers all in the mix, it can be a bit of a cacophony to keep track of without going nuts.

Enter “MLB Trade Rumors”.   This is a website that I’ve been following for years, and if you’re at all interested in baseball transactions, I can’t recommend them enough.  The website is available here, for free: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com – that’s been that way for awhile, and is a valuable tool.

However, we can’t always be around our computers, and there are mobile apps available for iOS & Android.   Those aren’t free, but are WELL worth the cost of the app.   The app costs $2.99, which is pretty darned cheap given what you get with it.  Officially the app is known as “Baseball Trade Rumors”, and not “MLB Trade Rumors” like the website is.  I suspect that has something to do with the name “MLB” and licensing, but that’s a non issue.  Ionly point it out in case you went searching for “MLB Trade Rumors” for the app name, you won’t find it that way.

The app is HUGE around certain times of the year (Winter meetings, Trade deadline, etc).   This is a great way to keep up with “up to the second” transaction rumors and whatnot.  There’s other ways to get this info for sure, but I’ve found given all the hard work it is to keep track of it all, these apps do a great job sorting it down to the individual nuggets you’d want.

Now, I have an iPhone and an iPad, so how the Android version works specifically, I can’t say.  My brother has that, and from what I can gather it is mostly the same – but I can’t speak from first hand experience there.  I can speak from the iOS app.

You can get notifications on your phone by team, by individual player, and by league.  You can also tell it to notify you of actual transactions and not just rumours, also sort by just one team set of news, the info is quite flexible in the app.

The notification system is the strongest point of this app for me, because otherwise it’s an app version of a website, and I could just look at the website for the same info.  But the notifications are the reason I bought this app.   In the screenshots below you can see a few examples of the ways you can set up things to be notified about.

This is a universal app, and works on the iPad too, but is one of the rare apps that I don’t like the iPad interface, and wish I could run the iPhone interface on the iPad just double spaced.  There is only one other negative thing I have to say about the app.  You can’t use it to send stories to your friends (via text msg, email, or Facebook).  The only thing you can do with individual entries is tweet them.  Which is fine, but I don’t always want to do that. Hopefully that gets changed in a future version.  But this is a minor quibble, and isn’t a dealbreaker for me.

Baseball Trade Rumors is probably my second most used iPhone baseball app (the first being the MLB At Bat app).  Mostly because this keeps track of trade info all the time, and I make use of the track by player feature, so I get notified on my phone when something happens with those players.   I don’t have very many apps in the Notification center on my iPhone to help conserve battery power, but this one definitely lives in the notification center!

If you’re a fan of transactions, I STRONGLY urge you to look into this.   Very useful tool.

$2.99 – [ App Store Link | Google Play Store ]

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How Many in 2014?

Usually towards the end of the year, we always hear about how many players the Texas Rangers have used overall in any particular season. The Rangers are usually towards the high end of that list. Injuries, callups, usually make for a long list, and you tend to forget the guys who are here so quick that they don’t even have time for the proverbial “cup of coffee”. I’ve done this for the last five seasons, and it’s worked out pretty well. I’ve also gotten some positive feedback on it, so it’s become a permanent feature here.  If you’d like to see the final tallies for the other years I’ve done this, you can still see them here: [ 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 ] Anyway, this post will get bumped whenever there is a player who is making his first appearance for the Texas Rangers in 2014.  I am going to count guys who get called up, but don’t play immediately (or sometimes don’t play at all), as they will be part of the 25 man roster officially. So here goes.

The most recent additions will be on the top of the list.

Total players in 2014: 64
Total pitchers used in 2014: 40 *
Total position players used in 2014: 27 *
Total players making major league debut: 17

  • #64 – Guilder Rodriguez (Sep 7, replacing Yu Darvish, who was placed on the 60 day DL)
  • #63 – Spencer Patton (Sep 4, was a Sep callup)
  • #62 – Lisalverto Bonilla (Sep 2, was a Sep callup)
  • #61 – Michael Kirkman (Sep 2, was a Sep callup)
  • #60 – Derek Holland (Aug 30, replaced Robbie Ross, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #59 – Ryan Rua (Aug 29, replaced Jim Adduci, who was placed on the DL)
  • #58 – Tomas Telis (Aug 25, replaced Shin-Soo Choo, who was placed on the DL)
  • #57 – Jon Edwards (Aug 15, replaced Robbie Ross, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #56 – Alex Claudio (Aug 13, replaced Yu Darvish, who was placed on the DL)
  • #55 – Mike Carp (Aug 4, replaced Chris Gimenez, who was placed on paternity list)
  • #54 – Phil Klein (Aug 1, replaced Ryan Feierabend, who was designated for assignment)
  • #53 – Jerome Williams (Jul 25, replaced Jake Smolinski, who was placed on the DL)
  • #52 – Nate Adcock (Jul 24, replaced Joaquim Soria who was traded to DET)
  • #51 – Geovany Soto (Jul 17, replaced Carlos Pena, who was designated for assignment)
  • #50 – Ryan Feierabend (Jul 13, replaced Aaron Poreda, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #49 – Matt West (Jul 10, replaced Phil Irwin, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #48 – Phil Irwin (Jul 8, replaced Nick Martinez, who was placed on the DL)
  • #47 – Roman Mendez (Jul 7, replaced Michael Choice, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #46 – Jake Smolinski (Jul 7, replaced Donnie Murphy, who was designated for assignment)
  • #45 – Neftali Feliz (Jul 4, replaced Ben Rowen, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #44 – Adam Rosales (Jun 30, replaced Luis Sardinas who was optioned to AAA)
  • #43 – Carlos Pena (Jun 24 – replaced Brad Snyder, who was designated for assignment)
  • #42 – Ben Rowen (Jun 11 – replaced Tanner Scheppers, who was placed on the DL)
  • #41 – Brad Snyder (Jun 10 – replaced Mitch Moreland, who was placed on the DL)
  • #40 – Miles Mikolas (May 14 – replaced Matt Harrison, who was placed on the DL)
  • #39 – Nick Tepesch (May 14 – replaced Martin Perez, who was placed on the DL)
  • #38 – Justin Germano (May 8 – replaced Scott Baker, who was designated for assignment)
  • #37 – Rougned Odor (May 8 – replaced Josh Wilson, who was designated for assignment)
  • #36 – Scott Baker (May 7 – replaced Daniel Robertson, who was optioned to AAA)
  • #35 – Matt Harrison (Apr 27 – replaced Luis Sardinas who was optioned to AAA)
  • #34 – Daniel Robertson (Apr 23 – replaced Pedro Figueroa, who went to DL)
  • #33 – Luis Sardinas (Apr 19 – replaced Jim Adduci, who went to DL)
  • #32 – Aaron Poreda (Apr 18 – replaced Tanner Scheppers, who went to DL)
  • #31 – Colby Lewis (Apr 14 – replaced Daniel McCutchen, who was designated for assignment)
  • #30 – Hector Noesi (Apr 13 – replaced Adrian Beltre, who went to DL)
  • #29 – Kevin Kouzmanoff (Apr 9 – replaced Seth Rosin, who was designated for assignment)
  • #28 – Yu Darvish (Apr 6 – replaced Nick Martinez, who was sent to AA)
  • #27 – Nick Martinez (Apr 5 – replaced Daniel McCutchen, who was sent to AA)
  • #26 – Daniel McCutchen (Apr 1 – replaced Chris Gimenez, who was designated for assignment)

#25 to #1: Neal Cotts, Pedro Figueroa, Jason Frasor, Alexi Ogando, Martin Perez, Seth Rosin, Robbie Ross, Jr., Joe Saunders, Tanner Scheppers, Joakim Soria, Shawn Tolleson, J.P. Arencibia, Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Donnie Murphy, Josh Wilson, Jim Adduci, Michael Choice, Shin-Soo Choo, Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland, Alex Rios.  (the original 25 is not in any particular order)

Players making their Making Major League Debut are bolded

Roster Notes:

  • * The total number of pitchers/position players do not add up because Mitch Moreland (May 6), Chris Gimenez (Jul 10), & J.P. Arencebia (Aug 13) all pitched an inning and count as both a position player and as a pitcher.
  • Apparently the Rangers don’t officially count guys who are called up and sent down without actually playing (Miles Mikolas) – but I do.
  • In 2014, the Rangers have just one in the original opening day 25 that were making their major league debuts (Seth Rosin).  The previous years’ counts in that regard were two in 2013 (Leury Garcia & Smokin’ Joe Ortiz), 2012 (Darvish & Ross), one in 2011 (Mason Tobin), none in 2010, one in 2009 (Elvis Andrus), and one in 2008 (Kaz Fukumori).
  • We have 11 players making their debut as Texas Rangers: Pedro Figueroa, Seth Rosin, Joe Saunders, Shawn Tolleson, J.P. Arencibia, Chris Gimenez, Prince Fielder, Donnie Murphy, Josh Wilson, Michael Choice, Shin-Soo Choo.  
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Guilder Rodriguez purchased

  • IF Guilder Rodriguez purchased from AA Frisco
  • P Yu Darvish moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: This seems like a “reward the long time minor leaguer” with a callup.   21 games left in the season, and you call up a guy with 13 years of experience covering slightly over 1,000 games.   Not the long term answer of course, but a nice move by the team for a guy like that.

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Adios, Wash

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September Callups

  • P Lisalverto Bonilla recalled from AAA
  • IF Luis Sardinas recalled from AAA
  • P Nick Tepesch recalled from AAA
  • P Michael Kirkman purchased from AAA
  • P Tanner Scheppers moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, this is the September callups.  Oddly enough, of the five names above, only one of them is truly “new”.  The rest have made appearances for the Rangers somewhere before.   That’s the way this season has gone.   Bonilla is the other guy we got in the Michael Young trade. I’ll be curious to see what Bonilla can do, the rest of the guys we know about already.

There’s actually one more we’ll bring up on Thursday, but he’s not ready quite yet, I believe for a personal reason.

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Several Roster Moves

  • P Robbie Ross recalled from AAA
  • P Derek Holland activated from 60 day DL and recalled
  • P Nick Tepesch optioned to AAA
  • IF/OF Nick Carp designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, this isn’t the big “September callup”, but it kind of feels like it.  Robbie Ross was called up to cover Miles Mikolas, who was scratched.   Nick Tepesch was sent down, and Nick Carp was DFA’ed.    However, oddly enough Derek Holland was formally activated today, which is odd, as he’s not starting until Tuesday in Kansas City.  That they’d bring him up a few days ahead of time was a bit of a puzzler.   Nice to see him come back, I’m sure it’s more for his head than anything else, as it won’t make any difference in the standings.  :)

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Adduci to concussion DL

  • 1B/OF Jim Adduci placed on 7 day concussion DL
  • IF/OF Ryan Rua purchased from AAA
  • P Phil Irwin placed on release waivers [ Link ]

NOTES: Jim Adduci was placed on the concussion DL after banging his head on the wall sliding to catch a foul ball.   Felt bad for him, because while no one wants any injury to happen, I hate seeing ones like that, where they get hurt hurt just playing the game, not doing anything dumb, or stupid or anything like that.

Ryan Rua is the latest in the line of “who” filling our 25 man roster this season.

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Tomas Telis purchased, Choo done for season

  • OF Shin-Soo Choo placed on 15 day DL (retro to Aug 24)
  • OF Michael Choice recalled from AAA
  • C Tomas Telis purchased from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, the barrage of injuries continues, even way past the point where it will make any difference.  Shin-Soo Choo has been officially shut down for the rest of the 2014 season with a bone spur in his elbow.  It’s only year one, so I’m not ready to put his contract signing up there with Chan Ho Park, but so far, this feels like bust.  I hope he turns it around next year.   Michael Choice was called up, another guy I had super high hopes for when the season started.

In other news, Tomas Telis (who?) was purchased from AAA, and becomes the 57th overall player the Rangers will have used on the big club this year when he actually starts.   He’ll also be the 13th player making his major league debut for us in 2014.   Just wow.

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Geovany Soto traded to A’s

  • C Geovany Soto traded to Oakland A’s for cash [ Link ]

NOTES: The parade of backup catchers being moved out continues with Geovany Soto being moved to the A’s.  He’s not going to be here in 2015 anyway.  Would have liked some sort of spare part at least, but it was a trade for cash.  I always liked Soto when he came up with the Cubs originally.  Shame he lost his ability to hit almost after his first season in the bigs.  Good catcher, can’t hit worth a darn, though.

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Geovany Soto traded to A’s

  • C Geovany Soto traded to Oakland A’s for cash [ Link ]

NOTES: The parade of backup catchers being moved out continues with Geovany Soto being moved to the A’s.  He’s not going to be here in 2015 anyway.  Would have liked some sort of spare part at least, but it was a trade for cash.  I always liked Soto when he came up with the Cubs originally.  Shame he lost his ability to hit almost after his first season in the bigs.  Good catcher, can’t hit worth a darn, though.

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C Chris Gimenez traded to Indians

  • C Chris Gimenez traded to Cleveland for $100,000 in cash [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Gimenez I liked.  He wasn’t going to be a Pudge, but he was an OK backup.   However, likely not going to be here next season, so probably good to give him some playing time elsewhere for the rest of the season.   He was outrighted to the Rangers minors system, and with their season over, moving him elsewhere probably allows him to play in the bigs for the rest of the 2

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Chris Gimenez traded to Indians

  • C Chris Gimenez traded to Cleveland for $100,000 in cash [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Gimenez I liked.  He wasn’t going to be a Pudge, but he was an OK backup.   However, likely not going to be here next season, so probably good to give him some playing time elsewhere for the rest of the season.   He was outrighted to the Rangers minors system, and with their season over, moving him elsewhere probably allows him to play in the bigs for the rest of the 2014 season.

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Jon Edwards Purchased

  • P Jon Edwards purchased from AAA
  • P Robbie Ross optioned back to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, so much for the second go around of Robbie Ross. Back to the pile with him.   In his place is another guy who I’ve never heard of pitching for the Rangers.  It’s very much a theme this season.

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Robbie Ross Back

  • P Robbie Ross recalled from AAA
  • P Nate Adcock optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: The way this season has gone, might as well try Robbie Ross again.   Not confident there, though.

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Darvish to DL

  • P Yu Darvish placed on 15 day DL
  • P Alex Claudio purchased from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, it was inevitable.   Darvish is on the DL.  Initial reports are saying “elbow inflammation”.   Not the words I wanted to hear about him.   That phrase in my mind leads to larger problems.  Hope we’re not going there.

This is also the 24th roster move the Rangers have made this season because of the disabled list – a major league record.

As for Alex Claudio, hope the kid comes up and isn’t knocked around, be nice to have a kid come up and do well.  Especially this season.

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Soto back from DL – again

  • C Geovany Soto activated from DL
  • P Jerome Williams designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Soto is back again.  Jerome Williams is gone.  Can’t think of anything terribly exciting to say about either move at the moment.  Still annoyed at the DFA of Gimenez from a few days ago.  :(

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Chris Gimenez DFA

  • C Chris Gimenez removed from paternity leave list and designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTE: That’s a pretty uncool thing to do, IMO.  I know about the “business” of all of it, but man, cutting the guy loose when he’s home dealing with a brand new baby?   I lost a job I loved dearly six days before my son was born, and that sucked.   Really did not enjoy hearing this news – not from a baseball standpoint, but from a human standpoint.  Bleargh.  :)

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Mike Carp

  • IF Mike Carp acquired on waiver claim from Boston Red Sox
  • P Alexi Ogando placed on 60 day DL [ Link ] – Aug 3
  • IF Mike Carp added to active roster
  • C Chris Gimenez placed on paternity list [ Link ] – Aug 4

NOTES: Mike Carp was claimed on waivers from Boston on Sunday and then added to the roster on Monday.  He’s a player that had an awesome 2013 season, and then fell down in 2014, and was dfa by Boston.  A friend of mine who is a Sox fan says he can be a great player if you give him time to play, something he didn’t really get in 2014 in Boston.   We shall see.  :)

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Phil Klein purchased

  • P Phil Klein purchased from AAA
  • P Ryan Feierabend designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: The pitching carousel continues.

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New Texas Rangers Logo

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This is a bandage over top of the Texas Rangers logo, which will be sponsored by Band-Aid™ brand adhesives. Rob Matwick, Executive Vice President, Business Operations says, “The money brought in by this new sponsorship will help improve the already extensive medical facilities already deployed (by necessity) by the Texas Rangers”.

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New caps, jerseys, and other merchandise bearing the new logo are available immediately at the Texas Rangers Team Shops at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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Jerome Williams purchased

  • P Jerome Williams purchased from AAA
  • OF Jake Smolinski placed on 15 day DL (retro to Jul 22)
  • P Justin Marks designated for assignment
  • P Joseph Ortiz activated from 60 day DL and optioned to AA
  • 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: The last two there were mostly just procedural.  Smokin’ Joe Ortiz was activated, but optioned immediately.  Kouzmanoff, who I was bummed went to the DL (and someone probably won’t play for the Rangers again) was moved to the 60 to make room.

However, the bigger news is Jerome Williams.  Formerly of the Angels, he was purchased on Friday to make the start for the Rangers, becoming the 32nd pitcher used this season (including the two position players Mitch Moreland & Chris Gimenez).   Kind of a bummer about Smolinski, I was digging that kid.  But hey, we’d gone a few days without someone being hurt – it was overdue!

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Nate Adcock purchased

  • P Nate Adcock purchased from AAA
  • P Mitch Moreland moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: With Soria gone to Detroit, Nate Adcock is brought up to take his spot on the 25 man roster.   Moreland was moved to the 60 day DL to make room for Adcock on the 40 man.    Hmm.  another pitcher.  We’ve used a couple this year already.  :)

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Soria traded to Detroit

  • P Joaquim Soria traded to Detroit Tigers for P Jake Thompson and P Corey Knebel. [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, with this season in the tank, moving some of the more valuable (but not TOO valuable) pieces was inevitable.  As many have said, you don’t need a real hot closer when you have the worst record in baseball, so we moved Soria to Detroit for two minor league pitchers.   I don’t know much about these kids other than what I heard on the Rangers post game show last night.  But the one thing that I think is the coolest about them is the fact that they were both in the Top 10 prospect list for the Detroit organisation.

Also, as a lesser thing, both inbound pitchers are from Texas, one of them from Rockwall, which is like a 2 minute drive from where I live.  From a baseball standpoint, that does’t mean anything, but it’s always cool to have local boys in the organization.

I’ll miss Soria. I liked his pickup originally, but the brain said we didn’t need him, even if the heart didn’t want to let him go.

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Adduci back

  • 1B Jim Adduci activated from 15 day DL
  • P Matt West optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Jim Adduci is off the DL for Monday’s game in Yankee stadium.  He’s one of those guys I always liked having on the team.  Kind of reminds me a bit of Herbert Perry.  Never going to light the world on fire, but a good, solid guy to have around.  Hope he is properly healed, and can help us.  We certainly need it.

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Ryan Feierabend purchased

  • P Ryan Feierabend (#68) purchased from AAA
  • P Aaron Poreda optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Ryan Feierabend becomes the 50th different player the Rangers have used on the big league club in 2014.  That sets a new major league record for most players on the roster before the All-Star break.

In other news, Jim Adduci was assigned to AA Frisco for a rehab assignment, and Engel Beltre was removed from his rehab assignment, and remains on the 60 day DL.