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Nick Martinez purchased

  • P Nick Martinez purchased from AA Frisco
  • P Daniel McCutchen optioned to AA Frisco [ Link ]
  • C Chris Gimenez cleared waivers, but refused assignment to minors, now a FA

NOTES: The roster move to get our announced fifth starter on the roster was made here.  I think most Ranger fans had a collective scratching of the head when they said that Martinez was to make the club as the fifth starter.  I know I certainly didn’t know much about him.  Jamey Newberg probably did, but I didn’t.

I was wrong about Chris Gimenez.  He’s gone. He refused his assignment to the minors and is a free agent.   He never technically played for the Rangers in 2014, but he WAS on the opening day roster.

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First Roster Move of Season

  • C Chris Gimenez designated for assignment
  • P Daniel McCutchen purchased from AAA
  • P Michael Kirkman clears waivers, outrighted to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: That didn’t take long.  The third catcher (Chris Gimenez) has been DFA’ed to bring up some bullpen help in the form of Daniel McCutchen.  McCutchen played with Pittsburgh the last few years, and had decent numbers there, so hopefully he can do well here.  Kirkman, who seems to have run out of steam with Texas cleared waivers and went to AAA.   Gimenez probably will end up at AAA, I’d wager.

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Opening Day Roster Set

Well, here it is.  The big bomb of moves made to bring the roster to 25 for opening day.

  • IF Josh Wilson purchased from AAA
  • IF Adam Rosales designated for assignment
  • P Yu Darvish placed on 15 day DL, retro to Mar 21
  • IF Jurickson Profar placed on 15 day DL, retro to Mar 23
  • P Matt Harrison placed on 15 day DL, retro to Mar 29
  • C Geovany Soto placed on 60 day DL [ Link ]

This makes the opening day 25:

  • PITCHERS (11): Neal Cotts, Pedro Figueroa, Jason Frasor, Alexi Ogando, Martin Perez, Seth Rosin, Robbie Ross, Jr., Joe Saunders, Tanner Scheppers, Joakim Soria, Shawn Tolleson.
  • CATCHERS (3): J.P. Arencibia, Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez.
  • INFIELDERS (5): Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Donnie Murphy, Josh Wilson.
  • OUTFIELDERS (6): Jim Adduci, Michael Choice, Shin-Soo Choo, Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland, Alex Rios.

Some of these guys won’t be here long, as Darvish will likely miss just one start.   Donnie Murphy & Josh Wilson were both pickups the last week of spring, so it’s not a huge surprise they’re here, although I wonder how much of an impact they’ll make long term.   Chris Gimenez is a bit of a surprise, and I figure might be the first on the chopping block when it’s time to make a roster move.

Pitchers:  Joe Saunders..  I hear Darth Vader screaming “Nooooooooooooooooo” somewhere.  Shawn Tolleson & Seth Rosin, as well as Pedro Figueroa are unknowns to me – especially at this level.   The rest of the guys we know about, although I wonder how Scheppers will handle opening day.

Feels like a wobbly roster given how hurt we’ve been, but I’ve rooted for worse teams than this in the past.  I’ll give it a shot to see how it goes.

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JP Arencebia signed

  • C J.P. Arencebia signed to 1 year contract

NOTES: Well, I would have rather kept AJ Pierzynski, but JP can catch.  He’s another one of those guys much like Soto.  Great catcher.  Not a great hitter.  JP has some pop – can hit a few home runs, but not terribly much else.  Strikes out a lot.  Had 148 of them in 2013.

So basically, we’ll have Soto & Arencebia splitting the catching duties in 2014.   They say Soto will be the #1 guy with JP backing up, but my gut says it will be a lot closer to 50/50 than that statement.

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Minor League Signings

  • P Jose Contreras (yes, that one) signed to minor league contract w/ invite to spring training.
  • LF Bryan Petersen signed to minor league contract w/ invite to spring training.
  • P Nate Adcock signed to minor league contract w/ invite to spring training.

NOTES: Jose Contreras?  Seriously?!?  Why don’t we just bring back Mark Clark while you’re at it?

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Gentry Traded

  • OF Craig Gentry & P Josh Lindblom traded to Oakland A’s for OF Michael Choice & 2B Chris Bostick.

NOTES: Lindblom was most known as the guy traded for Michael Young’s departure from Texas.  His departure FROM Texas is no big deal, as he was a bust here.  Craig Gentry however was a bit of a surprise.  He was clearly the fastest guy on our team, and speed is not something you can coach.  While Michael Choice has some upside (and he’s a local boy, from Arlington), it is a bit of an eyebrow raiser.   I really liked Gentry, some I have to hope that Choice steps up and is incredibly good.   Here’s hoping.

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November Moves 2

  • SS Jose Contreras (not THAT one) signed to a minor league contract (Nov 26)
  • C Melvin Novoa signed to a minor league contract (Nov 26)
  • CF Rafael Ortega claimed off waivers from Colorado Rockies (Nov 27)
  • P Yonelvy Pichardo signed to a minor league contract (Nov 27)

NOTES: Uh, OK.

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Prince Fielder arrives

  • 2B Ian Kinsler traded to Detroit Tigers for 1B Prince Fielder & $
  • P Shawn Tolleson claimed off waivers from Los Angeles Dodgers
  • SS Luis Sardinas & P Lisalverto Bonilla were “selected” from AA Frisco
  • P Ben Rowen was “selected” from AAA Round Rock
  • P Edwar Cabrera was outrighted to AAA

NOTES: Obviously the big deal here is the trade of Ian Kinsler to Detroit.  Despite my calling him Capt Uppercut for several years now, and his horrible tendency to want to hit EVERY ball over the left field fence, he was here for a long time.  I’ll miss the presence in the lineup.  Next April it will feel weird having someone else (likely Profar) out there at second base.

Having said that, what you get back is Prince Fielder.  He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to have on my team, and I never quite thought I would.  He has one of those swings that our Home Run porch was made for.   We’ll have him through the 2020 season if the contract stays the same.  We’re getting $30 million from the Tigers to help pay for his contract.  That $30M will come here through the 2016-2020 seasons.

His stick is quite exciting to think about.  His defense, not as much.  I suspect if Mitch Moreland had figured out how to hit the ball before now, we wouldn’t have made this move.  But I’m quite excited to see what Prince Fielder can do in our Ballpark.  :)

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November Moves 1

Here’s a collection of minor moves in November 2013:

  • P Ross Wolf signed, assigned to AAA (Nov 4)
  • C Geovany Soto elected free agency (Nov 4)
  • P Travis Blackley elected free agency (Nov 4)
  • P Matt Harrison activated from 60 day DL (Nov 4)
  • P Edwar Cabrera roster status changed (Nov 4 – what the heck does that MEAN)
  • P Colby Lewis elected free agency (Nov 5)
  • C Geovany Soto signed to a 1 year contract (Nov 5)
  • SS Franklin Rollin signed to a minor league contract (Nov 9)
  • OF Angelo Santana signed to a minor league contract (Nov 11)
  • P Zach Russell signed to a minor league contract (Nov 11)
  • OF Brad Snyder signed to a minor league contract w/invite to spring (Nov 14)
  • OF Kalian Sams signed to a minor league contract (Nov 15)
  • OF Jake Smolinski signed to a minor league contract (Nov 18)

NOTES: This is another batch of guys whose names I am probably never writing again on here.   However, Geovany Soto was signed back after a procedural move through free agency.   When he was signed, it was said he would be “the man”, the #1 catcher.  I have never had a problem with his catching.  His hitting however, is more of a problem.   I agree we probably need him, but I’d feel better with someone stronger as the #1 catcher, though – just from an offensive standpoint.

Colby Lewis was technically granted free agency, but both sides have said they wanted to work something out, so he’ll be back.

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Nathan Gone

  • P Joe Nathan elected free agency
  • P Chaz Roe claimed off waivers from Arizona Diamondbacks

NOTES: I was a bit sad, but not completely surprised we didn’t keep Joe Nathan.  When we first signed him, I wasn’t sure how that would play out – coming back from an injury and all. But he was great when he was here.  I hope we can pull something together without him, as I doubt we’d bring in another FA closer, we would have just kept Nathan in that case.

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October Moves

There were a boatload of minor league signings and small procedural moves in October.  Other than making a single entry for all of them, I’m gonna list them together here, and date them.  Figure that’s a better move than creating individual entries for each.

  • P Matt West activated from 60 day DL (Oct 9)
  • OF Jeff Baker designated for assignment (Oct 9) – elected free agency (Oct 14)
  • P Edward Cabrera claimed off waivers from Colorado Rockies (Oct 16)
  • P Kyle Lotzkar signed to minor league contract (Oct 19)
  • P Aaron Poreda signed to minor league contract w/invite to spring (Oct 23)
  • P Eddy Morrobel signed to minor league contract (Oct 26)
  • OF Cristian Encarnacion signed to minor league contract (Oct 29)
  • P Colby Lewis activated from 60 day DL (Oct 31)
  • DH Lance Berkman elected free agency (Oct 31)

NOTES: Most of these are minor league signings, the bulk of which I wonder if I’ll ever write their names on this site again.  Jeff Baker’s DFA was a bit of a surprise, he was a decent off the bench cog, I thought.

Lance Berkman’s taking free agency is no big surprise here.   The bigger surprise will be if he does NOT retire after this move.  I don’t dislike the guy, but he didn’t really do much here save for the earliest part of the 2013 season.

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Joey Butler gone

  • OF Joey Butler claimed on waivers by St. Louis Cardinals

NOTE: Well, I didn’t hate the guy, but he wasn’t one of those moves that makes you go “Noooooooooo” when he’s gone.  Hope he does well in STL

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Various Moves

  • 1B Chris McGuiness activated
  • P Wilmer Font activated
  • P Roman Mendez activated
  • P Josh Lindblom had his roster status changed

NOTE: Now that the season is over, various procedural moves were made today. That last one was odd.  “had his roster status changed”.  Huh?  What’s that all about.  Overall comment..  zzzzzzzz

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Nelson Cruz returns

  • OF Nelson Cruz activated from suspended restricted list.
  • OF Joey Butler designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES:  Since we get to play a Game 163, it means Nelson Cruz is eligible to come off the restricted list to play.   To make room on the 40 man roster for that, we had to designate Joey Butler.   Now I’m writing this a couple of days after this actually happened, so I know what happened. We lost that game.

It has to suck for Joey Butler, I suppose, losing one’s 40 man spot to make room for Nelson Cruz’ return from a steroids suspension when Cruz goes 0-4 with a strikeout, and we lose the game and the season is over.

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Ogando Back

  • P Alexi Ogando activated from DL

NOTES: Well, Ogando is back again.   Don’t hold out a lot of hope that it will go well.  He’s been spotty this year at best.  Had a few moments here and there of greatness, but has mostly been meh/hurt.

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September Callups Pt II

  • OF Engel Betre recalled from AAA
  • OF Joey Butler recalled from AAA
  • OF Ross Wolf recalled from AAA
  • OF Joe Benson outrighted to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: While this isn’t part of the initial big glut of callups on Sep 1st, we did add a few more players on Sep 3rd, that can only really be viewed as “Additional September Insurance”.  None of these guys were DEMANDING (by performance) to be with the big club.  :)

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September Callups / Moves

Well, here’s the usual gaggle of rookie callups, broken veterans who will get like two at bats all month, you know the drill.  It’s the September 1st pile of roster moves.  Here goes:

  • DH Lance Berkman activated from DL
  • P Cory Burns recalled from AAA
  • C Robinson Chirinos recalled from AAA
  • P Nick Tepesch activated from DL
  • CF Jim Adduci purchased from AAA
  • P Neftali Feliz activated from DL
  • P Michael Kirkman activated from DL
  • CF Joe Benson designated for assignment
  • P Justin Miller released [ Link ]

NOTES:  Quite a few guys coming off the DL in this group.  Nothing really a surprise. Extra catcher as a backup, some extra bullpen help.   Feliz finally takes the field in 2013…  The biggest surprise was the purchasing of Jim Adduci.   He’s 28, and has been bouncing around the minors for awhile.  Be nice to see the kid get a shot. Hopefully he can turn it into more than just a September callup and done.

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Ortiz Back

  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz recalled from AAA
  • P Ross Wolf optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Yawn.

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Several Small Moves

There were several small moves over a few days, I was going to lump together into one post here.   None require a huge amount of commentary, IMO.  :)

  • SS Brendan Harris signed for the rest of 2013, assigned to AAA (Aug 21)
  • P Neil Ramirez traded to Chicago Cubs to complete trade for Matt Garza (Aug 23)
  • P Nick Tepesch & Matt West sent on rehab assignments (AA & AZL respectively – Aug 27)
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Blackley Up, Ogando to DL

  • P Travis Blackley recalled from AAA
  • P Alexi Ogando placed on 15 day DL, retro to Aug 14
  • P Matt West recalled from A and placed on 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: Travis Blackley was recalled from AAA after being assigned there a week ago when we got him on a trade.  The corresponding roster moves from the 25 man were to put Ogando on the DL (again?), and a procedural move with A ball pitcher Matt West going on the 60 day DL.

Curious to see what Blackley has.  As I said, one doesn’t think a contending club would import pitching from the worst team in the majors.

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Travis Blackley acquired

  • P Travis Blackley acquired via trade from Houston Astros for PTBNL or $ [ Link ]
  • OF Manny Ramirez released from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES:  I’m not sure what to make of Blackley.  They must have seen something, as you don’t bring in a pitcher from the worst team in baseball unless you’re sure of something.

Also, the Manny Ramirez experiment is over.  If he could hit well enough, he would have been in the majors by now.  One has to think he’s done for good now.   Hey, I believe we still own the technical rights to Ricky Williams (yes, the NFL Ricky Williams).  What’s he doing?  :)

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Adam Rosales AGAIN

  • OF Adam Rosales claimed off waivers from A’s.  AGAIN.  [ Link ]

NOTES:  Can we stop it with Adam Rosales?  Pick one.  We either want him or not.

Rosales was claimed on Aug 12th, and activated on Aug 13th.  OF Engel Beltre was optioned to AAA to make room for Rosales on the 25 man.

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Rios Activated

  • OF Alex Rios activated
  • OF Joey Butler optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, that didn’t last long for Butler, he was sent back to AAA to make room for Alex Rios.  However, Butler fared better than Adam Rosales, he got his first major league start  and hit during the short time he was here.   I wrote about Rios the other day, so I’ll leave this unremarked.  :)

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Cruz gone, other moves

  • OF Nelson Cruz placed on restricted list, after 50 game suspension for PED use
  • SS Adam Rosales designated for assignment
  • OF Engel Beltre recalled from AAA
  • RF Joey Butler purchased from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Nelson Cruz was suspended 50 games for PED use.  Can’t say I’m thrilled about that, because his bat was working well this year.  It might improve our RF defense a bit, but there’s no doubt his offense will be missed.   Adam Rosales, who we just got a couple of days ago from the A’s was DFA’ed.  He ended up being claimed back by the A’s on waivers a day after this, which is hilarious to me.   Engel Beltre is back, and we purchased Joey Butler, who is looking to make his major league debut.    This move definitely skews our roster younger by their corresponding moves.

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Adam Rosales claimed

  • SS Adam Rosales claimed on waivers from Oakland A’s
  • OF Engel Beltre optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Uh, OK.   Not sure I get this one, but there you are.   Neftali Feliz & Michael Kirkman were sent out on rehab assignments, too.  That’s more interesting to me than the technical roster move here.