Despite reportedly having a thing for Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka, the Texas Rangers appear to not be among the finalists to sign the Japanese right-hander — or weren’t before Derek Holland was lost for months.
With all the talk of performance enhancing drug allegations hindering the credentials of players up for Baseball Hall of Fame consideration, former major league manager Bobby Valentine dropped a bit of a bombshell on Thursday.
Shin-Soo Choo has officially joined the Texas Rangers, a team that went into this offseason looking to remake its offense. Choo has collected 20 homers and 20 stolen bases three times in his career.
Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Rangers.
Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin was allegedly held for ransom in Mexico after leaving Cuba in 2010.
Wilson, who played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, will be placed on Texas’ restricted list.
At least five teams are said to be in the mix for Carlos Beltran. But the Yankees are “emerging” as the top bet to land the free-agent outfielder, according to the New York Post.
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski reportedly has no interest in pursuing free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.
Less than two years after boldly signing Prince Fielder to a $214 million contract, the Detroit Tigers traded the slugging first baseman to Texas in another blockbuster move.
The first person David Price looked for after pitching the Rays into the playoffs was third baseman Evan Longoria. Price yelled after the two locked eyes, and they embraced to start the celebration.
Every game is now a must-win for the Yankees. The team knows it. Their fans know it. Manager Joe Girardi knows it. “You’d have to have your head in the sand not to know,” the skipper said before Wednesday’s big win.
Dickey opened up to the Daily News about his feeling on A-Rod. “It’s like a kid learning that a superhero is cheating,” Dickey said.
Don Hooton said Rodriguez had done an outstanding job for the foundation but all the good work has been wiped out by the suspension.
Monday’s decision by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will define A-Rod’s career, overshadowing his 647 home runs.
No one is shedding a tear for A-Rod. Whether he misses 150 games or two seasons, engages himself in a long, bitter legal fight or finds himself with a Pete Rose-like lifetime ban, it doesn’t matter. His reputation cannot be restored.