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Baseball Fever Policy

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  • Rangers signings and transactions

    Instead of starting a thread for each one, I thought I'd put them all in this mega thread.

    Big news:

    They lost Beau Vaughan to the Rule 5 Draft. Woo.

  • #2
    Signed: C Robbie Alcombrack (Traverse City (Frontier)), C John Otness, SS Ray Olmedo
    Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: LHP Clay Rapada, 3B Esteban German


    • #3
      Rangers sign Brown

      ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have signed free agent infielder Matt Brown to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.


      • #4
        Victor Payano signed with the Rangers. Payano had a deal with the Red Sox in July for $900K that was voided due to shoulder concerns.


        • #5
          Named Bill Haselman manager of Bakersfield (Cal).

          I'd also like to report that after this offseason, I am retiring from reporting the daily team by team transactions (and the Baseball Fever community breathes a collective sigh of relief). It takes far too long to do.
          Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-09-2010, 11:33 PM.


          • #6
            Time To Unretire 'Tipper!

            Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post

            I'd also like to report that after this offseason, I am retiring from reporting the daily team by team transactions (and the Baseball Fever community breathes a collective sigh of relief). It takes far too long to do.
            Cowtipper: You retired just a few hours to early. You missed a big scoop. is reporting this morning on the Rangers' signing of Vladimir Guerrero and Khalil Greene.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Philly-brownsfan View Post
              Cowtipper: You retired just a few hours to early. You missed a big scoop. is reporting this morning on the Rangers' signing of Vladimir Guerrero and Khalil Greene.
              I'm not retiring yet, after this offseason I will be.


              • #8
                Rangers avoid arb with Nippert; sign Colby Lewis; avoid arb with McCarthy

                The Rangers and RHP Dustin Nippert avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $650,000 contract.
                A "Super Two" player, the 28-year-old right-hander was eligible for arbitration for the first time. Nippert was slowed by shoulder and rib cage injuries to start last season, but posted a 3.88 ERA in 20 games (10 starts) after coming off the disabled list in July, including a 1.86 ERA out of the bullpen.

                They signed Lewis to a two-year deal.


                Brandon McCarthy and the Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million contract, avoiding arbitration for the injury-plagued pitcher. McCarthy, acquired from the White Sox in a deal that sent pitcher John Danks to Chicago before the 2007 season, was 7-4 with a 4.62 ERA.

                1B Chad Tracy assigned to Texas Rangers.
                1B Justin Smoak assigned to Texas Rangers.
                RHP Tanner Scheppers assigned to Texas Rangers.
                RF Mitch Moreland assigned to Texas Rangers.
                LHP Kasey Kiker assigned to Texas Rangers.
                C Emerson Frostad assigned to Texas Rangers.
                Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-16-2010, 02:06 PM.


                • #9
                  They signed CJ Wilson, avoiding arbitration.



                  • #10
                    Rangers avoid arb with Ray and Hamilton

                    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with outfielder Josh Hamilton and relief pitcher Chris Ray on one-year contracts, the team announced Tuesday.

                    The Rangers signed 16-year-old Colombian catcher Jorge Alfaro for $1.3MM, reports Jesse Sanchez of

                    Named Joe Furukawa coordinator, Pacific Rim operations.
                    Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-20-2010, 04:53 PM.


                    • #11
                      They DFA'd Greg Golson.



                      • #12
                        Rangers sign Toby Hall and Elizardo Ramirez

                        The Texas Rangers announced Friday that they have signed catcher Toby Hall to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

                        Hall, 34, gives the Rangers depth at catcher should Jarrod Saltalamacchia experience any other setbacks in his return from shoulder surgery.

                        Also, right-hander Elizardo Ramirez, who spent 2009 in Oklahoma City and went 9-11 with a 4.63 ERA, has signed a Triple-A contract that does not include an invitation to big league camp.
                        Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-22-2010, 04:34 PM.


                        • #13
                          Rangers DFA Inglett, Peguero and Rapada signed

                          The Texas Rangers have added right-hander Colby Lewis to their 40-man roster, clearing space for the former supplemental first-round pick by designating infielder Joe Inglett for assignment.
                          P Clay Rapada - Signed to a Minor League Contract
                          P Jailen Peguero - Signed to a Minor League Contract

                          Released: RHP Dustin Brader, RHP Jake Geglein, RHP Brock Piper, 2B Dave Berg
                          Reinstated from inactive list: 2B Dave Berg

                          This is the same Dave Berg who served as a utility infielder for the Marlins and Blue Jays from 1998 to 2004. He signed with the Rangers in May 2006, only to retire about a month later.
                          Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-25-2010, 07:25 PM.


                          • #14
                            Rangers trade Golson, avoid arb with Francisco

                            NEW YORK -- Looking to replenish their outfield depth, the Yankees acquired Greg Golson on Tuesday from the Rangers in exchange for a Minor Leaguer.

                            In what general manager Brian Cashman termed a "minor move," the Yankees agreed to part with infielder Mitch Hilligoss in exchange for Golson, a 24-year-old who batted .258 with 40 RBIs in 123 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2009.

                  's T.R. Sullivan reports (via Twitter) that the Rangers have avoided arbitration with reliever Frank Francisco by agreeing to a one-year, $3.265MM contract.
                            Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-27-2010, 12:41 PM.


                            • #15
                              Brewers claim Inglett

                              MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers added another left-handed bat to the roster Wednesday by claiming the versatile Joe Inglett off waivers from the Rangers.

                              Inglett, 31, has appeared in the Majors with the Indians and Blue Jays and can play just about anywhere on the diamond. He saw most of his Major League action at second base in 2008 as a fill-in for the injured Aaron Hill and batted .297 that season. In 2009, Inglett logged 99 Major League plate appearances for Toronto and batted .281 with a .347 on-base percentage.