The Rangers completed a $16 million, two-year contract with free agent right-hander Jordan Lyles, finalizing a deal that had been agreed upon before this week's winter meetings.
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The White Sox hope to tap Nomar Mazara's potential, while the Jays and Mets found rotation help at a fair cost.
The Rangers have traded outfielder Nomar Mazara to the White Sox for top prospect Steele Walker, the teams announced Tuesday.
Buster and Hembo analyze Stephen Strasburg's 7-year/$245M deal and how it impacts the free agency of Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole. Then, ESPN's Clinton Yates (and Nationals homer) offers his own reaction to the signing before discussing the trade market for Kris Bryant and why it's important for baseball's sake that Madison Bumgarner remain with the Giants (12:55). Plus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold on the Cardinals' offseason plans (22:37) and...does Scott Boras deserve a spot in Cooperstown?
Left-hander Joely Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Jeff Passan ESPN
Left-hander Joely Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a two-year, $5.5 million deal that includes a club option for a third year, a source tells ESPN. The 28-year-old Rodriguez spent the last three years with the Chunichi Dragons.
With the MLB winter meetings underway in San Diego, Buster welcomes ESPN's Alden Gonzalez (20:51) and Jesse Rogers (31:51) to discuss the latest in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, landing spots for Anthony Rendon, the trade markets for Kris Bryant and Wilson Contreras and more. Plus, Tim Kurkjian on last night's Hall of Fame inductions and Sarah Langs with her take on the changes coming to Mets ownership (11:02).
From the ace in the spotlight to why this year's meetings could actually produce some major moves, here's what you need to know as the hot stove's main event begins.
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Right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal, sources tell ESPN
Hoping for a busy week of moves in San Diego? So are we. Here are some deals that would get everyone talking.
William Weinbaum ESPN
The Twins announced plans Wed. to increase the length & height of Target Field's safety netting, becoming the 14th team to install or commit to extensions since a toddler's 5/29 head injury on a foul liner in Houston. They join the Astros, Braves, Brewers, Chisox, D-backs, Dodgers, Jays, Nats, O's, Phils, Pirates, Rangers & Royals.
The Rangers will honor the retired numbers of Adrian Beltre, Pudge Rodriguez, Michael Young, Johnny Oates, Nolan Ryan and Jackie Robinson with the outfield dimensions and markers at new Globe Life Field.
With the MLB Hot Stove already cookin', Buster and Bob Nightengale discuss possible landing spots for the biggest names left in free agency. Plus, a special offseason "Hembo Knows" (22:13) and some Bleacher Tweets with a Texas twist (33:21).
Every club could use a Stephen Strasburg or a Gerrit Cole. But some buyers have extra incentive to break the bank for an ace.
Kris Bryant to Cincy? Anthony Rendon on the Rangers? We dream up a major hot stove splash for every squad.
Some baseball executives believe that Anthony Rendon will be the first high-profile free agent to sign.
Right-hander Nick Goody and the Rangers agreed to a $915,000, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.
Former Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Rangers, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Right-hander Adrian Sampson has been placed on unconditional release waivers by the Texas Rangers, a move that allows him to pitch in South Korea.
If you could have one thing you really wanted for your favorite team, what would you be willing to give up?
Will Gerrit Cole end up with the Angels? Can the Astros afford to keep their team together? We answer big offseason questions for the AL West.
Jeff Passan ESPN
The Texas Rangers have expressed interest in Josh Donaldson as they head into an offseason in which they have money to spend. The Rangers are making third base and starting pitching a priority, and Donaldson is coming off a phenomenal season with Atlanta.
Sorry, Detroit: Your team follows in the footsteps of other recent biggest losers. Where did every other club fall?
Elvis Andrus again declined to opt out of his contract and is staying with the Rangers, his team of the last 11 seasons.
The Texas Rangers have declined 2020 contract options for relievers Shawn Kelley and Nate Jones, and newly acquired catcher Welington Castillo. They all became free agents.