Source: Rangers add Ross on 1-year deal

Right-hander made only one start for Padres in 2016

Source: Rangers add Ross on 1-year deal

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent starter Tyson Ross, according to Major League sources.

The Rangers have not yet announced the deal, but Ross has chosen to sign with the Rangers over the World Series champion Cubs. Sources confirmed Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan's report that the contract is worth $6 million plus incentives.

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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 avoid arbitration with Dyson, 6 others

Rangers avoid arbitration with Dyson, 6 others

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers reached agreements with all seven of their arbitration-eligible players Friday.

The Rangers reached one-year agreements with closer Sam Dyson at $3.52 million, pitcher A.J. Griffin at $2 million, catcher Robinson Chirinos at $1.95 million, reliever Jeremy Jeffress for $2.1 million, infielder Jurickson Profar at $1,005,000, reliever Tanner Scheppers at $975,000 and reliever Jake Diekman at $2.55 million.

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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.

Harrison enjoying retirement ahead of award

Left-hander will be recognized by Rangers before FanFest in Dallas

Harrison enjoying retirement ahead of award

ARLINGTON -- Matt and Meghan Harrison spend one day a week volunteering at a North Carolina animal rescue shelter.

"She is the shift leader, and I'm cleaning up dog poop," Harrison said. "You can tell which one is having all the fun."

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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.

Tyson Ross has the smoothest possible delivery

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Tyson Ross has the smoothest possible delivery

Before missing all but one start in 2016 due to shoulder inflammation, Tyson Ross was an unheralded ace. Despite only one All-Star Game to his name and never being named to make a Cy Young ballot, Ross' 3.07 ERA between 2013-15 was just behind David Price and Max Scherzer -- two pitchers who have combined for three Cy Youngs and $427 million on their current contracts -- and his 9.6 K/9 was between two Cy Young winners in Felix Hernandez and Jake Arrieta.

On Friday, it was reported that Ross signed a one-year, $6 million deal with Texas as he looks to bounce back from the injury. 

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Mintz spends offseason coaching Down Under

Baseball veteran served as Rangers' Class A manager in 2016

Mintz spends offseason coaching Down Under

ARLINGTON -- The Adelaide Bite are in good position to make another strong run at the Claxton Shield, but they still have three big series remaining with Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

That's why manager Steve Mintz sat his players down this week and reminded them what's at stake in the final month of the Australian Baseball League 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 sign Cuban infielder La O

Rangers sign Cuban infielder La O

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have signed Cuban infielder Luis Y. La O to a Minor League contract, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

The Rangers have not confirmed or announced the signing. Sanchez reported that La O will receive a $110,000 signing bonus.

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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.

Meet the Rangers' newest farm team: The Wood Ducks

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Meet the Rangers' newest farm team: The Wood Ducks

I'm sorry, but I simply must ask the question: How much wood would a Wood Duck duck if a Wood Duck could duck wood? 

We may get the answer this season as the new Class A Carolina League affiliate of the Rangers, the Down East Wood Ducks of Kinston, N.C., unveiled their logo on Wednesday.

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Beloved Rangers press box attendant Beaton dies

Longtime fixture at Arlington Stadium and the Ballpark in Arlington was 86

Beloved Rangers press box attendant Beaton dies

ARLINGTON -- Bob Beaton, who served as the beloved press box attendant at Arlington Stadium and the Ballpark in Arlington, passed away on Dec. 24. He was 86.

Beaton was a retired accountant and originally from New Jersey when he took over running the press box in 1988. He retired after the 2014 season, and he was honored with the dedication of a plaque in the press dining room on May 15, 2015.

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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.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Gomez's dad tried to mimic his son's bat-breaking powers

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Gomez's dad tried to mimic his son's bat-breaking powers

Ever seen a player break a bat over his knee? It seems pretty hard, unless you possess the kind of unrivaled strength as Bo Jackson.

It was that same Jackson that Carlos Gomez's father was attempting to copy with a video uploaded by the Rangers outfielder on Tuesday, and ... well ... 

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Harrison receiving Rangers' Alumni Award

Harrison receiving Rangers' Alumni Award

ARLINGTON -- Former Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison will be honored as the 2017 winner of the Mark Holtz Alumni Award at the club's awards banquet on Jan. 20 at Gilley's Dallas.

Harrison, acquired in a 2007 trade with the Braves, was with the Rangers from 2008-15, going 50-35 with a 4.21 ERA in 135 games, including 103 starts.

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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.

Look for Rangers to roll dice on low-risk deal

Texas has history of taking chances on former stars

Look for Rangers to roll dice on low-risk deal

ARLINGTON -- Want one bold, off-the-wall prediction for the Rangers before the offseason is over? Want one transaction that nobody sees coming and takes everybody by surprise?

One that is possibility, if not totally realistic.

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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.

Former Rangers pitcher, coach Brown dies at 73

'Oklahoma Curveballer' played for Senators, Rangers, Indians and Expos

Former Rangers pitcher, coach Brown dies at 73

ARLINGTON -- Former Rangers pitcher Jackie Brown, who was known as the "Oklahoma Curveballer" and later became a Major League pitching coach for three organizations, has passed away after a long illness. He was 73.

Brown pitched for the Washington Senators in 1970-71, the Rangers in '73-'75, the Indians in '75-'76 and the Expos in '77. He had a career record of 47-53 with a 4.18 ERA in 214 games, including 105 starts.

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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.

MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Former scout Johnson on discovering Pudge

Q&A: Former scout Johnson on discovering Pudge

Sandy Johnson signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates out of high school in 1958, and he is quick to point out on that the following year, while playing for Class D San Angelo/Roswell, he tied for fifth on the team in home runs with Willie Stargell. They each hit seven home runs.

"He developed more power along the way," Johnson said, laughing.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers announce Winter Caravan schedule

Rangers announce Winter Caravan schedule

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will make 12 Winter Caravan stops at various Academy Sports + Outdoors stores over the next three weeks, as well as visiting both their Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock and Double-A team in Frisco.

Manager Jeff Banister will be among the Rangers who will visit Round Rock on Jan. 17. The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. CT at the United Heritage Conference Center, with bench coach Steve Buechele, closer Sam Dyson and broadcaster Eric Nadel also expected to attend.

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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.

Snider inks Minor League deal with Rangers

Snider inks Minor League deal with Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers signed veteran outfielder Travis Snider to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, the club announced on Friday.

Snider, a left-handed hitter, is an eight-year Major League veteran with the Blue Jays, Pirates and Orioles, who did not play in the big leagues last season. He spent 2016 at Triple-A Omaha in the Royals' organization, where he hit .245 with three home runs, 29 RBIs and a .350 slugging percentage in 84 games.

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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.

Raymond named new lead TV broadcaster

Former Rangers pitcher Nitkowski joining as analyst

ARLINGTON -- Dave Raymond is taking over as the Rangers' lead television broadcaster and former pitcher C.J. Nitkowski is joining as an analyst, the club announced on Friday.

Raymond replaces Steve Busby, who had been a part of Rangers broadcasting for more than 26 years, including the past four as the lead TV broadcaster. Nitkowski will partner with Tom Grieve as an analyst and will work approximately 100 games.

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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 tab HKS to design new ballpark

Dallas-based firm to focus on intimate old-style setting for fans

Rangers tab HKS to design new ballpark

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have hired the architectural design firm of Dallas-based HKS to design their new ballpark.

The goal is to create a new "benchmark" for new baseball parks in the future with the focus being on an intimate old-style setting for fans.

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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.

Andrus wins Durrett Hardest Working Man Award

Rangers shortstop to be honored Jan. 20 at Dr. Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner

Andrus wins Durrett Hardest Working Man Award

ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has been selected as the 2016 winner of the Richard Durrett Hardest Working Man Award, the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced on Thursday.

Andrus will be honored at the 2017 Dr. Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. CT 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.

MLB.com Columnist

Phil Rogers

Pudge's impact on teams was Hall-worthy

Rodriguez helped to change fortunes of Rangers, Marlins and Tigers

Pudge's impact on teams was Hall-worthy

Quick study? No question.

In the decade he was in his prime, everything about Ivan Rodriguez was quick.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ryan helped form historic '99 Hall class

Trio marked largest group of first-ballot inductees to Cooperstown

Ryan helped form historic '99 Hall class

It's been just under two decades since George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Robin Yount were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as part of a historic class.

Thursday marks the 18th anniversary of the election of the Hall of Fame Class of 1999, which included an unprecedented three first-ballot inductees in Brett, Ryan and Yount. The class also featured four selections by the Veterans Committee: Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Frank Selee and Joe Williams.

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

Rangers look to take next step in 2017

Prospects, back end of rotation question marks as Texas eyes World Series

Rangers look to take next step in 2017

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have played past 162 games in six of the past seven years. That impressive run includes four division titles, two pennants, one American League Wild Card playoff and one tiebreaker game.

All that is missing is a World Series title.

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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.

One call away: Rollins recounts busy offseason

Lefty reliever has been claimed five times in one month

One call away: Rollins recounts busy offseason

CHICAGO -- David Rollins knows the spiel by heart. It started with the Mariners in November. Someone from the team calls to tell the left-hander that he was put him on waivers and has been claimed by another team. The new team will then call to welcome him to its organization.

In one month, Rollins has gotten the combo of calls five times, including twice apiece by the Rangers and the Cubs, his current club.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Impressive in '16, Bush likely to stay in 'pen

Righty notched 2.48 ERA as reliever in rookie season, hopes to 'stay healthy and stay strong'

Impressive in '16, Bush likely to stay in 'pen

ARLINGTON -- Cooler heads are prevailing in the case of Rangers pitcher Matt Bush.

Texas is planning on keeping him in the bullpen even though there had been some chatter this offseason about moving him to the rotation. Staying in the bullpen appears to be Bush's preference after his successful rookie season as a setup reliever.

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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.

Watch Yu throw a left-handed curveball

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Watch Yu throw a left-handed curveball

Since coming to the Major Leagues back in 2012, Yu Darvish has shown the ability to make a baseball do just about anything he wants. There are breaking balls that flutter, breaking balls that dance, even breaking balls that made us question the very fabric of our reality.

There was just one problem -- all of that came as a right-handed pitcher. And so, his mastery of ordinary pitching complete, Darvish has moved on to his other hand. Unsurprisingly, he's already pretty good.

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Record year? 10 milestones within reach in '17

Beltre, Pujols hoping to join Ichiro in 3,000-hit club; Trout, Colon, Kershaw also chasing history

Record year? 10 milestones within reach in '17

The calendar has flipped to 2017, and New Year's resolutions aren't the only thing to look forward to.

We saw Ichiro Suzuki's entry into the 3,000-hit club and Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira each breaking into the 400-homer club in 2016. More history is on tap this year, giving fans plenty of reasons to start counting with each hit, homer, strikeout, save, etc.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2-Year's Eve Party at Napoli's for Texas?

Texas also expected to bring Hamilton back on Minors contract

2-Year's Eve Party at Napoli's for Texas?

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are a team that could use offensive reinforcements, and it continues to look likely that reunions with Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton are their next steps in addressing the situation.

Major League sources indicate the Rangers are moving closer to a deal with Napoli, with discussions centered around a two-year deal. An agreement is not yet imminent, but both sides are highly motivated to get a deal done, even though there remains interest in Napoli from other clubs, including possibly Oakland and Baltimore.

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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.