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Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schepeprs (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday, Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: Scheppers didn't return in the 2014 season after being diagnosed with an inflamed right elbow in early June. He said his arm felt great after the bullpen session, and he plans to throw again next week. Though he ended up missing more time than initially expected, he should be good to go by the start of the 2015 season, as he'll transition back to the bullpen and work as a reliever.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Darvish (elbow) will get an MRI on his elbow in November, ESPN Dallas reports.
Impact: Darvish was shut down before the end of the 2014 season with elbow inflammation. If the MRI goes as expected, he'll be able to undergo a normal offseason program, and should be good to go by the start of spring training.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Rios will become a free agent after the World Series.
Impact: After Wednesday's decision, Texas could still work out another deal for Rios to return next season. Rios hit .280 with four home runs and 54 RBIs in 131 games this year. He sprained his left ankle in August and didn't play after Sept. 4 because of an infected thumb.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Rangers announced Wednesday that they have declined their $14 million option for 2015 on Rios (thumb), making the outfielder a free agent, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.
Impact: The move wasn't especially surprising after the famously inconsistent Rios noticed a downturn in productivity this past season, with thumb and ankle injuries limiting him to just four homers and 17 stolen bases over 131 games. He figures to land a multi-year deal in free agency and should be healthy for spring training, but since he'll be entering his age-34 season in 2015, it seems doubtful that he'll reemerge as a 20/20 player again.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: The Texas Rangers have acquired infielder Ed Lucas from the Miami Marlins on a waiver claim.
Impact: The Rangers got the 32-year-old Lucas on Friday. Lucas hit .251 with one home run and nine RBIs in 69 games for Miami last season. He played all four infield spots, and also saw time in left field and right field.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Rangers claimed Lucas off waivers from the Marlins on Friday.
Impact: Lucas, 32, has hit just .255/.302/.323 in 163 career games at the major league level, but he's displayed slightly above-average on-base skills at Triple-A (.338 OBP), and can play all around the infield and even the corner outfield spots if needed. While he's no lock to break camp with the big club next spring, he could fill a utility role until Jurickson Profar (shoulder) is healthy.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kouzmanoff (back) has elected free agency, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: While rehabbing from surgery to repair a herniated disc, Kouzmanoff suffered a setback and was forced to undergo another procedure, which officially ended his season. The 33-year-old has played in just 13 games in the major leagues since 2011 (all this season) and is highly unlikely to receive any major league offers this winter.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arencibia has elected free agency, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: Arencibia enjoyed some success immediately upon his return to the big club in July, compiling a .255/.300/.617 batting line with five homers and 16 RBI that month, but things predictably went south shortly thereafter. All told, Arencibia hit .177/.239/.369 in 63 games with the major league team, resulting in his outright assignment to Triple-A at the end of the year. He'll explore his opportunities elsewhere, but Arencibia seems destined to open 2015 as organizational filler.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beltre was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
Impact: Beltre finished the season on the DL, after undergoing surgery to insert a rod in his left leg. Once healthy, he will offer organizational outfield depth.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rodriguez was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
Impact: He saw some action with the Rangers in September, but with a significantly healthier club to start camp this upcoming season, Rodriguez's 40-man spot needed to be cleared.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kouzmanoff was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
Impact: He missed the second half of the 2014 season after undergoing back surgery, and if he makes a full recovery, he could offer organizational depth at the corner infield spots.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Figueroa was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
Impact: The lefty underwent Tommy John surgery early in the season, but could be healthy enough to contribute at some point in 2015.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arencibia was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
Impact: Arencibia had a hot stretch at the plate last season, but over the course of his career he actually has a negative WAR (Fangraphs version), so it's no surprise to see the Rangers remove him from the 40-man roster as there will be an influx of healthy, young players to the roster this spring.
Thu. Oct 2, 2014 | STATS
News: The Texas Rangers have received right-hander Alfredo Figaro on a waiver claim from Milwaukee.
Impact: The 30-year-old Figaro spent most of this season with Triple-A Nashville, going 5-2 with two saves and a 3.71 ERA in 42 games. He was 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in six relief appearances over three stints with the Brewers. In 52 major league games for Detroit from 2009-10 and Milwaukee the last two seasons, he is 5-8 with a save and a 5.04 ERA. He also pitched two seasons in Japan.