Rangers considering options at first base/DH

Daniels also looking at corner outfield spot for 2017

Rangers considering options at first base/DH

ARLINGTON -- When Jon Daniels first became the Rangers' general manager 12 years ago, he said he was asked the same two questions almost every day.

"When are you going to get some pitching and how old are you," Daniels said. "We tried to do something about the pitching."

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Rangers to retire Pudge's uniform number

Rangers to retire Pudge's uniform number

DALLAS -- The Rangers have made it official: No. 7 is being retired.

The Rangers brought their 2017 Awards Banquet to an end on Friday night by announcing they are retiring Ivan Rodriguez's number this season. Former general manager Tom Grieve made the announcement at the end of the banquet, although the official ceremony won't be until August on a date to be determined.

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Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte

Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte

The baseball world mourned the unexpected deaths of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and third baseman Andy Marte on Sunday.

Ventura, 25, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Marte, 33, also died in a separate car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.

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Beltre admits Andrus is a 'kid on the field'

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Beltre admits Andrus is a 'kid on the field'

Ever wonder how Adrian Beltre puts up with teammate Elvis Andrus, what with all the unwanted head-touching and infield pantomiming? That's easy: He simply thinks of the shortstop as a child. 

At Rangers Fan Fest on Saturday, Beltre revealed that he's prepared for his children when he gets home because he's spent all day with the shortstop. 

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Beltre likes Rangers squad, wouldn't mind more

With free agents available, veteran likes idea of club signing another big bat

Beltre likes Rangers squad, wouldn't mind more

DALLAS -- Adrian Beltre said he likes the team the Rangers have right now.

"I'm ready to go to war with this team," Beltre said at the Texas Rangers Awards Banquet on Friday night.

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Rangers give Loney Minors deal, spring invite

Rangers give Loney Minors deal, spring invite

DALLAS -- The Rangers have signed first baseman James Loney to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, according to Major League sources. The club has not confirmed the deal.

The contract is not likely to handcuff the Rangers' ability to sign free-agent first baseman Mike Napoli if the two sides can reach an agreement on length and value of a deal.

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Yu focused on elbow, not contract

Yu focused on elbow, not contract

DALLAS -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is approaching free agency, but he doesn't seem too worried about it.

"It's not about my contract," Darvish said at Friday's Texas Rangers Awards Dinner. "Coming back from Tommy John [surgery] for the second year, I want to see how my body reacts and how I do. ... Show what kind of pitcher I am."

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Cancer-free, Beasley back in action for Rangers

Third-base coach was diagnosed just before Spring Training last season

Cancer-free, Beasley back in action for Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Third-base coach Tony Beasley was back on the field for the Rangers this week, hitting fungoes, teaching the game of baseball and doing all things he loves to do.

His year-long battle with rectal cancer is over.

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Rangers prepare for 2017 Fan Fest

Rangers prepare for 2017 Fan Fest

ARLINGTON -- The 2017 Texas Rangers Fan Fest presented by AT&T will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for season-ticket holders and $5 for children 13 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased here, and tickets can also be purchased at the Globe Life Park First Base Ticket Office beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday. The First Base and Home Plate Gates at Globe Life Park will open at 8:45 a.m. for fans to enter Fan Fest. Parking at Globe Life Park is free for the event.

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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 Class of '17 learn they're headed to the HOF

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Watch Class of '17 learn they're headed to the HOF

Few of us will ever know what it's like to play baseball professionally. Even fewer will know what it's like to reach the apex of that profession and make into a Major League game. And even fewer still -- 317, to be exact -- will know what it feels like to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

But we plebeians can get a little glimpse of what it feels like to learn you're going to be a Hall of Famer. All three members of the Class of 2017 were caught on camera at the exact moment they got the phone call informing them that they're headed to Cooperstown in July, and you can watch the emotions flow forth below.

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Patient Rangers announce deal with righty Ross

Coming off thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, hurler won't return until he's 100 percent

Patient Rangers announce deal with righty Ross

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers feel they have signed an elite starting pitcher in free-agent right-hander Tyson Ross, even if it's not an immediate impact.

The Rangers admit Ross is not expected to be ready for Opening Day while finishing his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Instead the goal is to get him back 100 percent healthy and in position to finish the 2017 season strong.

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New Hall of Famers reflect on highest honor

New Hall of Famers reflect on highest honor

NEW YORK -- It doesn't matter when a player is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame once he gets in. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are the latest members, and they all shared the same sentiment on Thursday: They are just grateful to be there.

The trio was elected by eligible voters of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results that were announced on Wednesday night. They shared the same stage for the first time on Thursday during an afternoon media conference at the St. Regis Hotel.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Choo ready for spring, 'not ready for full-time DH'

After injury-plagued '16, veteran could have new role; Andrus also working out, feeling healthy

Choo ready for spring, 'not ready for full-time DH'

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, after a Thursday morning workout at a local high school, was asked if all his body parts were working.

"Yeah ... geez," Choo said wearily. "I feel good. A lot of people, first thing they ask me is about my health. I'm tired of being asked that, but after what happened last year ... my body feels good. I am ready for Spring Training."

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Puerto Rico shaped Pudge's HOF career

Growing up idolizing Clemente inspired catcher to excel

Puerto Rico shaped Pudge's HOF career

Some years ago, I was in Manati, Puerto Rico, and I watched Carlos Beltran take batting practice on a high school field. In between pitches, he was trying to explain what it was like growing up as a baseball player in Puerto Rico.

"The first gift I got," Beltran said, "was a ball and a bat.

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Joe Posnanski is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, an Emmy Award-winning writer and has been awarded National Sportswriter of the Year. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guzman makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

Dodgers' Bellinger ranks first, Pirates' Bell, Mets' Smith follow once again

Guzman makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

No position in the big leagues places a greater premium on power than first base, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that MLBPipeline's list of the Top 10 first-base prospects is loaded with sluggers. Four of them have plus pop, led by Cody Bellinger's 65 grade on the 20-80 scouting scale, and the rest all have average or better power. Meanwhile, the top four first basemen all ranked among the top six a year ago, while Bellinger and Casey Gillaspie leaped into the top half of the list.

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Dyson keeps same approach despite new status

Dyson keeps same approach despite new status

ARLINGTON -- The resume Rangers right-hander Sam Dyson brings into the 2017 season is a lot different than the one he had a year ago at this time.

The demeanor?

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Rangers' Andrus soon to become a father

Rangers' Andrus soon to become a father

ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is going to be a husband and a father.

Andrus announced earlier this winter that he is engaged to Cori Febles. On Thursday, Andrus announced on Twitter that he is going to be a father as well.

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No nudge needed: Pudge to Hall in first try

Backstop elected to Class of 2017 with 76 percent of BBWAA votes

No nudge needed: Pudge to Hall in first try

ARLINGTON -- Ivan Rodriguez wanted this badly. He wanted badly to be in the Hall of Fame, and he wanted to go in on the first ballot.

Rodriguez knew it would be close, even though he is one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game.

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Vlad comes up just short in first Hall vote

Former Ranger named on 71.7 percent of ballots; 75 percent needed

Vlad comes up just short in first Hall vote

ARLINGTON -- Ivan Rodriguez is going to the Hall of Fame, but two other notable former Rangers are still on the outside waiting their turn.

Vladimir Guerrero, who was with the Rangers in 2010 when they went to the World Series, came close by earning 317 of 442 ballots cast. But candidates needed to be on 332 ballots to earn 75 percent, and Guerrero fell short at 71.7 percent in his first year on the ballot.

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Pudge's batch of batterymates a who's who

From Ryan to Rivera to Strasburg, Cooperstown's newest catcher guided talented hurlers

Pudge's batch of batterymates a who's who

Ivan Rodriguez got the call to Cooperstown on Wednesday, when the Baseball Writers' Association of America officially made him only the second catcher in history to earn induction to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

"Pudge" received 76 percent of the vote in large part because of his prowess behind the plate, where he caught nearly 2,500 games, led his league in caught-stealing percentage nine times and won 13 Gold Glove Awards. Between the ages of 19 and 39, Rodriguez donned the mask for six organizations, and from the very beginning until the very end, he teamed up with many talented pitchers.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Trevino makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

Converted infielder Kelly, Mejia grab top spots, Alfaro remains No. 3

Trevino makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Heading into 2016, MLBPipeline's two top-rated catching prospects were Willson Contreras and Gary Sanchez. You may have heard something about their exploits last year. Contreras took over the starting job on a Cubs team that won its first World Series in 108 years, while Sanchez tied an 86-year-old record for fewest games needed (51) to hit 20 homers.

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Gallo focused on taking next step in 2017

Gallo focused on taking next step in 2017

DALLAS -- Joey Gallo knows he didn't hit well in his limited opportunities for the Rangers in 2016.

Gallo also knows as long as Adrian Beltre is healthy and on the roster, he not going to be playing third base for the Rangers. He also knows his chances of playing first base for the club could hinge on the recent signing of Josh Hamilton to a Minor League deal and the club potentially adding another first baseman on the free-agent market.

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Texas signs Gee to compete for rotation spot

Texas signs Gee to compete for rotation spot

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, while waiting on free-agent right-hander Tyson Ross to undergo his physical, added another veteran candidate to their rotation by signing righty Dillon Gee on Tuesday to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Gee was born and raised in Cleburne, Texas, and he played collegiate baseball at UT-Arlington. He spent last season with the Royals, going 8-9 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts and 19 relief appearances.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mendez named fifth-best LHP prospect in MLB

Hader leaps from No. 6 to top of list, Groome slides into No. 2 spot

Mendez named fifth-best LHP prospect in MLB

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Exactly half of last year's Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects list graduated off of prospect lists during the 2016 season. The top three -- Julio Urias, Blake Snell and Steven Matz -- all had large impacts, with Urias even pitching in the postseason. Four of the other five are still on the list, including new No. 1 Josh Hader.

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Diekman to miss time after stomach surgery

Diekman to miss time after stomach surgery

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will be without left-handed reliever Jake Diekman for at least the first half of the 2017 season while he recovers from upcoming stomach surgery.

Diekman is scheduled to undergo the procedure on Jan. 25 to help alleviate his chronic ulcerative colitis. Diekman has dealt with that condition for many years and surgery was always a possibility.

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Top prospect Mendez likely to open '17 at Triple-A

Righty attending minicamp, will be honored as Rangers' Minor League Pitcher of Year

Top prospect Mendez likely to open '17 at Triple-A

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are holding a minicamp for many of their young players this week in Arlington. It could be a significant week for some of them.

Left-hander Yohander Mendez said it was significant for him last year, and he'll be honored at the Rangers' awards banquet Friday night in Dallas as the club's Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Mendez said getting a week to work with the Major League coaching staff and being around veterans was invaluable for him in preparing for last 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.

Former Rangers GM O'Brien dies at 87

Career included time as GM of Mariners, Angels, Rangers

Dan O'Brien Sr., a baseball lifer who was president and general manager of the Mariners as well as general manager of the Rangers and Angels, passed away in Dallas on Tuesday. He was 87.

O'Brien's big league career was bracketed by 18 years in the Minor Leagues, beginning in 1955, and stints with the Arizona Fall League and USA Baseball.

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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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