Rangers to address wish list at Winter Meetings

Club to prioritize adding starting pitching, power bats

Rangers to address wish list at Winter Meetings

ARLINGTON -- At some point the rumors have to stop and deals have to be made.

The Winter Meetings are a good place to make that happen, as the Rangers explore the possibility of trading for White Sox left-hander Chris Sale or Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, or seek to consummate a deal with one of the remaining free-agent starters, whether it's Rich Hill, Derek Holland or Colby Lewis.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers mourn traveling secretary Lyngos

Award-winning employee passed away on Nov. 22 at the age of 49

Rangers mourn traveling secretary Lyngos

ARLINGTON -- They filled a private club at Globe Life Park on Thursday to pay loving tribute to Chris Lyngos, the Rangers' popular and hard-working former traveling secretary who passed away on Nov. 22 at the age of 49.

Family and friends, club officials, members of the media and Rangers players -- past and present -- were there to remember their dear friend who had graduated from Stephen F. Austin and wandered from job to job trying to figure out what to do with his life.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamels named Rangers' pitcher of the year

Lefty will receive award at club's annual banquet

Hamels named Rangers' pitcher of the year

ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamels has been selected as the Rangers' pitcher of the year by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

He will be honored at the 2017 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner, which takes place Jan. 20 at Gilley's Dallas. Tickets for the dinner are on sale at texasrangers.com/awards.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers finalize Minor League staffs for 2017

Owen slated to manage the club's Class A Hickory affiliate

Rangers finalize Minor League staffs for 2017

ARLINGTON -- Spike Owen, who was the Rangers' interim third-base coach this past season, has accepted a job as manager of Class A Hickory. Owen served as third-base coach while Tony Beasley was recovering from rectal cancer surgery.

Owen last managed at Class A Advanced High Desert in 2015. He was supposed to manage at Hickory before replacing Beasley, who is expected to resume his duties for the 2017 season.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers give holiday joy with annual Toy Drive

Rangers give holiday joy with annual Toy Drive

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have begun their participation in the 2016 Cowboy Santas Toy Drive. It is the sixth straight year that the club has been involved in the initiative.

The Cowboy Santas Toy Drive involves the collection of thousands of new, unwrapped toys that are distributed to children from low-income families in Tarrant County. Fans can drop off new, unwrapped toys or books at the Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop at Globe Life Park and the Rangers Fort Worth Team Shop at 316 Main St. during regular store hours. Items may also be dropped off at all Fort Worth Police and Fire Departments.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers to address roster at tender deadline

Club has seven players arbitration-eligible for 2017 season

Rangers to address roster at tender deadline

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have some 40-man roster cleanup to do going into the Winter Meetings with the non-tender deadline set for Friday at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Friday's deadline is when clubs must offer players contracts for 2017 or allow them to become free agents. The Rangers need to address the roster because they are full with 40 players on it.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martinez hoping winter ball pays off in spring

Right-hander in mix for spot in Rangers' rotation in '17

Martinez hoping winter ball pays off in spring

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez has returned from the Dominican Republic and he brought back a 23-inning scoreless streak with him.

The scoreless streak would seem to be the highlight of his time in the Caribbean, but Martinez said he enjoyed everything about pitching for the Toros del Este in the eastern city of La Romana.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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The Next Big Leaguers: Rangers' Ibanez

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Rangers' Ibanez

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers look to fill needs at Winter Meetings

Starting pitching, outfield help among priorities for 2017

Rangers look to fill needs at Winter Meetings

ARLINGTON -- The offseason is in full swing and it's still unclear how far the Rangers will go to obtain starting pitching or who will be their No. 1 target for center field.

There is also the possibility the Rangers could veer off both of their stated goals and try to reinforce an offense that has been significantly reduced now that Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gomez, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland are free agents. The club still has much to do and the prime location for its work will be at the Winter Meetings, which begin next week.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Clark to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

16-member committee to decide on Selig, Steinbrenner among 10 hopefuls

Clark to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

The Today's Game Era ballot for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be voted upon this Sunday at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md. Five former Major League players, three executives and two managers will be considered, and the results of the voting will be announced on MLB Network's "MLB Tonight" and streamed live on MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET.

The players named on the ballot are Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Mark McGwire. The three executives are John Schuerholz, Allan H. "Bud" Selig and George M. Steinbrenner. The two former managers are Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers give back to community for Thanksgiving

Former players, staff hand out care packages in advance of holiday season

Rangers give back to community for Thanksgiving

DALLAS -- King Bridge Crossing is a small, gated community tucked into West Dallas, across Fish Trap Lake from Pinkston High School and the Rangers Urban Youth Academy.

The houses are made of brick and wood, painted immaculately in light brown with manicured lawns and trimmed bushes, with backyards decorated in satellite dishes and barbecue grills. Nearby communities Villa Creek and Hampton at Lakewest have the same special character.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers mourn former traveling secretary Lyngos

ARLINGTON -- Chris Lyngos, the Rangers' popular and industrious traveling secretary from 1998-2014, passed away on Tuesday. He was 49.

A service of remembrance will be held at 4 p.m. CT on Thursday in the Jack Daniel's Club at Globe Life Park in Arlington. A family fund has been established through the Do It For Durrett Foundation, whose mission is to assist families affected by sudden loss.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers mulling fifth-starter options

Texas could re-sign Lewis, Holland; give former top prospects looks

Rangers mulling fifth-starter options

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers signed free-agent starting pitcher Andrew Cashner to a one-year contract this week, but general manager Jon Daniels said that does not close the door on re-signing either Colby Lewis or Derek Holland.

"We are still in the market for starting pitching, and they are both starting pitchers," said Daniels, who has been in contact with the agents of both players.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The prize of Texas: Cutch? Edwin? Sale?

GM Daniels: 'I don't want to rule anything out'

The prize of Texas: Cutch? Edwin? Sale?

ARLINGTON -- Andrew McCutchen. Edwin Encarnacion. Chris Sale.

Those are the three most intriguing players to the Rangers this offseason. One is a free agent, and the other two are available by trade.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers claim lefty Rollins off waivers

Rangers claim lefty Rollins off waivers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have claimed left-handed reliever David Rollins off waivers from the Cubs. The move comes just four days after the Cubs had claimed him off waivers from the Mariners.

Rollins made a combined 31 relief appearances for the Mariners over the past two seasons and was 1-2 with a 7.60 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP. He relies mainly on a fastball clocked at 91-92 miles per hour, and he also has a slider and a changeup.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas native Cashner excited to join Rangers

Club announces 1-year deal with free-agent right-hander

Texas native Cashner excited to join Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Andrew Cashner received interest from multiple teams when he entered the free-agent market this offseason. The Rangers were way ahead of the competition.

"This is where I wanted to play," Cashner said.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pudge lands on HOF ballot for first time

14-time All-Star catcher won 7 Silver Sluggers, 13 Gold Gloves

Pudge lands on HOF ballot for first time

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers played in the 1999 Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown, N.Y., and they were given a private tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum the night before.

Ivan Rodriguez remembers the night well.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers announce baseball operations promotions

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reorganized their front office with several significant staff promotions, including three new assistant general managers, three special assistants/scouts and somebody to serve as quality control over their pitching development.

In all, the Rangers promoted seven from within the organization on Monday. The moves came after assistant general manager Thad Levine left the organization to become general manager of the Twins.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers claim righty Wagner, outright Sampson

Rangers claim righty Wagner, outright Sampson

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have claimed right-hander pitcher Tyler Wagner off waivers from the D-backs on Friday. Wagner, a former teammate of Joey Gallo at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, has been used as a starter for most of his Minor League career.

Wagner missed most of last season with a strained right latissimus dorsal muscle and did not pitch after May 13. He had a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances for the D-backs, and was 1-4 with a 5.06 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Reno.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trevino leads Saguaros to Fall League West division title

Rangers' No. 20 prospect notches pair of hits as Surprise locks up championship berth

Trevino leads Saguaros to Fall League West division title

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Aided by a throwing error, the Surprise Saguaros rallied for three runs in the fifth inning Thursday to beat the Salt River Rafters, 4-2, at Surprise Stadium. With the victory, the Saguaros clinched a spot in the Arizona Fall League Championship game Saturday against the Mesa Solar Sox.

Rangers No. 20 prospect Jose Trevino led the Saguaros at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double and scoring twice. Trevino is excited to have the opportunity to play in the championship game.

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Brendan Kennealy is a senior sports journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers hire Hill to oversee new ballpark process

ARLINGTON -- Jack Hill, who helped oversee the construction of the Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, is rejoining the Rangers to do the same for their new ballpark.

The Rangers announced on Thursday that Hill has been hired as senior vice president for project development to oversee construction management and development of the new ballpark scheduled to open in 2020. City funding for the $1 billion ballpark was approved last week.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers prospects questioned in hazing

Report: At least eight Texas DSL prospects under MLB investigation

Rangers prospects questioned in hazing

A group of Texas Rangers prospects were questioned and as many as four potentially face charges from police in the Dominican Republic after a video surfaced that allegedly shows the sexual assault of a teammate, according to a report.

Eight Rangers Minor Leaguers were questioned regarding an October hazing incident at the organization's complex in the Dominican Republic, according to Yahoo Sports. Authorities intend to charge individuals as appropriate for any misconduct.

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Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Banister finishes second in AL MOY vote

Banister finishes second in AL MOY vote

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister finished second to Terry Francona of the Indians in voting for the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Banister was hoping to become the second manager to win the award in consecutive seasons, following Bobby Cox of the Braves (2004-05). Banister won in 2015 and is the first Rangers manager to finish second since Ron Washington in 2010.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers positioned to go after Sale on trade market

Rangers positioned to go after Sale on trade market

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are in good position to make another strong run at pitcher Chris Sale if the White Sox are serious about trading him this offseason.

The Rangers had pursued Sale in July, and they have made starting pitching their priority this offseason. So Sale's situation is something they are monitoring carefully.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers announce Spring Training schedule

Rangers announce Spring Training schedule

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will open their 2017 Cactus League schedule on Feb. 25 against the Royals at Surprise Stadium, according to their Spring Training schedule announced on Tuesday.

Texas closes its Spring Training schedule with two games against the Royals on March 31-April 1 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers open the regular season against the Indians on April 3 in Arlington.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Desmond turns down Texas' qualifying offer

Desmond turns down Texas' qualifying offer

Free-agent outfielder Ian Desmond has declined the Rangers' $17.2 million qualifying contract offer for the 2017 season, the team announced Monday.

Desmond's 2016 season was a success after Texas signed him to a one-year, $8 million deal in February. The converted shortstop hit .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs and was selected to the American League All-Star team.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lucroy to catch for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Lucroy to catch for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy will play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to MLB Network contributor Joel Sherman.

The 30-year-old catcher, who was traded to Texas from the Brewers just prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Aug. 1, will be participating in his second WBC tournament, also having competed for Team USA in 2013.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.