Rangers connected to slugger Encarnacion

First baseman/designated hitter reportedly seeking four- or five-year deal

Rangers connected to slugger Encarnacion

The market for free-agent designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion continues to be fluid as the Winter Meetings get underway.

The Rangers and Indians are expressing interest in the 33-year-old slugger, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and Yahoo's Jeff Passan, respectively.

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

Rangers have the assets to make a splash

GM Daniels says club could swing another big trade if right deal came along

Rangers have the assets to make a splash

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Winter Meetings could determine whether the Rangers will make a big trade for somebody like White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen or another impact player.

General manager Jon Daniels said on Sunday night, the eve of Day 1 of the Meetings, that the Rangers still have the depth in their Minor League system to pull off such a trade, as they did with Cole Hamels at the July 2015 Trade Deadline. The Rangers needed five Minor League players plus veteran pitcher Matt Harrison to acquire Hamels and left-handed reliever Jake Diekman.

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Rangers let go of Hoying, tender 7 contracts

Club's 40-man has one open spot heading to Meetings

Rangers let go of Hoying, tender 7 contracts

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers on Friday tendered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players and did not tender a deal to outfielder Jared Hoying, making him a free agent. Hoying is not eligible for arbitration. The club's 40-man roster sits at 39.

Friday's deadline at 7 p.m. CT was when clubs had to offer players contracts for 2017 or allow them to become free agents. The roster moves give the club room for trades or free agents going into next week's Winter Meetings.

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Rangers in on trade talks leading to Meetings

Daniels targeting upgrades in starting pitching, center field

Rangers in on trade talks leading to Meetings

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers head into the Winter Meetings still focused on starting pitching, and general manager Jon Daniels said they were more involved in trade discussions than pursuit of free agents.

What remains hanging out there is if the club will pull off an impact trade for a starting pitcher. White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is everybody's primary target -- especially the Rangers' -- but teammate Jose Quintana and Rays right-hander Chris Archer may be in play as well.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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