Texas Rangers: Andrew Miller

No more moves for Rangers at deadline

July, 31, 2014
7/31/14
3:45
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The non-waiver trade deadline came and went Thursday afternoon without any late activity from the Texas Rangers.

The two most-mentioned players -- right fielder Alex Rios and left-handed reliever Neal Cotts -- were the subject of trade talks, but nothing of substance occurred to force a deal.

"We exchanged proposals with a couple of clubs, but it just didn't line up," GM Jon Daniels said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday afternoon. "Ultimately that's Ok, we kinda come into it knowing a few things we were open to trying to do, especially where clubs are calling us. We had establish a level of value we wanted or we would just hold our guys. We didn't reach that so we're happy keeping the players we were asked about. We checked in on a few other things, controllable starting pitching primarily. The deal wasn't there and that's OK too."

The only trades the Rangers made this month were sending reliever Jason Frasor (July 16) to Kansas City and Joakim Soria (July 23) to Detroit for some young pitchers who can make an impact down the line.

Boston left-hander Andrew Miller was considered the best reliever on the market, and he was traded to Baltimore. With Miller off the market, it probably affected any potential deals for Cotts, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Wednesday's victory over the Yankees.

There were at least five teams in play for Cotts, and general manager Jon Daniels has said his goal is to obtain quality talent for the farm system for pending free agents. The Rangers expressed to Cotts' agent that they wanted him to return in 2015 even if he was traded.

As for Rios, some depleted power numbers (four home runs) and a bruised knee suffered Wednesday night might have scared off some suitors.

The Rangers have a $13.5 million team option on Rios for next year and, like with Cotts, are open to picking it up. Rios had roughly five teams interested in him and he had at least six clubs he could have vetoed a deal to, including the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Astros, Royals, Yankees and A's. Rios also has a $1 million buyout clause.

Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Andrew Miller

August, 25, 2011
8/25/11
2:00
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final game of this four-game series with the Red Sox matches RHP Alexi Ogando against LHP Andrew Miller. The game is at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 FM. A quick look:

Ogando (12-5, 3.30 ERA): He's trying to become just the ninth Rangers right-hander to win 13 games over the last 10 seasons. ...He took a no-decision Saturday in Chicago, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings to the White Sox. The Rangers lost, 3-2. ...He has pitched into the seventh inning in three of his last four outings. ...Ogando has never started against Boston, but gave up one run in 4 1/3 innings in four relief appearances in 2010. ...He is 7-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 home starts.

Miller (5-1, 4.99 ERA): He allowed one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Royals on Friday. ...It was his first start in August, though he's made two relief appearances during the month. ...He made six starts in July, going 3-1 with a 6.28 ERA. ...This is Miller's first career start against the Rangers. ...He pitched one inning of relief against Texas on Sept. 13, 2006, while he was with the Tigers. ...Miller is 9-17 with a 6.06 ERA in his career on the road.

Hitters: The current Rangers hitters are a combined 1-for-10 off Miller, with the injured Adrian Beltre having the only hit in six at-bats. ...Ian Kinsler is 0-for-1 and Yorvit Torrealba is 0-for-4. ...The Red Sox are 1-for-6 off Ogando. ...Marco Scutaro is 1-for-2 with a walk.

Upcoming matchups:

Fri. vs. LAA: LHP Derek Holland (11-5, 4.42) vs. RHP Dan Haren (13-6, 2.98), 7:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/TXA21/MLBN
Sat. vs LAA: LHP C.J. Wilson (13-5, 3.08) vs. TBD
Sun. vs. LAA: RHP Colby Lewis (11-9, 4.07) vs. TBD

Lobby talk: Wrapping up Day 3

December, 8, 2010
12/08/10
11:28
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- We wondered this morning if Day 3 would be pretty active and it certainly was. Here's a quick recap of what happened in Rangersland on Wednesday and the chatter in the lobby and beyond:

* Nolan Ryan expects that to get Cliff Lee, the Rangers will have to agree to a six-year deal. And the club appears willing to do that. They have put the ball in Lee's court and asked his agent to tell them what it would take to get Lee to Texas. Click here to read all about that.

* I like this approach by the Rangers. They want to shorten the bidding process and firmly believe Lee wants to stay in Texas. So here is his chance to give them the framework of a deal to do that. Read some of my thoughts here.

* I looked up the top state income tax rate in New York and it's 8.97 percent. That's a lot of money Lee could save by going to Texas. And it means the Rangers' offer doesn't have to equal the exact same dollar amount to be a better one, either. Just a thought.

* But now that the Red Sox got Carl Crawford, you can bet the Yankees will step up for Lee now. That could make things more difficult on Texas. We'll see.

* GM Jon Daniels said the club is not in a rush to sign a designated hitter, even as some big bats come off the board. Paul Konerko agreed to a three-year deal with the White Sox.

"We liked the player, but we were never really engaged to the point where we thought it was realistic," Daniels said.

A baseball official told me the Rangers were interested, but couldn't commit to the dollars without knowing what was going on with Lee. That's another reminder of why this needs to get resolved so the club can move forward with its other offseason plans.

* The Rangers remain interested in Jim Thome, even though he's a left-handed hitter. They have looked at a gaggle of others, including Manny Ramirez and Marcus Thames. The Rangers did not attend a workout session for Magglio Ordonez and don't appear very interested at this point.

* Texas was interested in Carl Crawford, meeting with his representatives on Wednesday. But by late Wednesday night, Crawford was a Red Sox outfielder. So cross him off the list.

* The relief market has been slowed by teams waiting on Lee. So that's an area the Rangers are likely to address more in the coming weeks, assuming they'd like to bring some more depth to spring training there. But they are also pleased with their current bullpen, so that's not a high priority.

* The Rangers have checked into Brandon Webb and Jeff Francis and met with Andrew Miller and his representatives yesterday.

* Vladimir Guerrero continues to be the club's top option at DH. He wants a multi-year deal and the Rangers want a one-year deal. So something could be worked out if Guerrero can't find that multi-year deal he wants (and so far he hasn't). The Rangers did meet with his agents on Tuesday.

* Texas does have interest in Matt Garza, but I'm hearing right now the Rays are asking a high price, so nothing is likely to happen quickly on that front.

* The Rangers are also still checking in on Zack Greinke, though the Royals are also talking about many prime prospects. It's likely the Royals will wait until after Lee signs before getting serious.

* Buzz is that Texas could end up getting in on Carl Pavano, but I don't think the interest level is high on the Rangers part right now.

* Names to watch in the Rule-5 draft for Texas on Thursday: Kasey Kiker, Chad Tracy and Joseph Ortiz. Jason Cole has some other players to note in his report here on LoneStar Dugout. Check it out.

* Michael Young said he wants to be a Ranger, telling FoxSports.com: "I’m a Ranger. I have no interest in playing for a different organization. The idea of suiting up for a different team in spring training doesn’t appeal to me at all."

* Daniels said it's very unlikely the club would move Young. Here is what Daniels had to say on the topic.

Lobby talk: Texas and guys not named Cliff

December, 7, 2010
12/07/10
7:03
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There's a little more activity in the lobby of the Dolphin Resort this afternoon as the crowds have increased around the large (fake) Christmas tree. After talking with a gaggle of baseball officials, here are a few things worth noting (in terms of guys not named Cliff Lee. You can check out the latest on that here):

* The Rangers continue to search for a right-handed bat that can play another position, preferably first base. It's not high in the priority list, but they are discussing some names. Paul Konerko makes sense because he's a right-handed batter that can play first base, but the price and years may be a little more than the Rangers want to go. But that could be dependent on where Cliff Lee ends up.

Among the players the club has at least shown some interest in: Matt Diaz (non-tendered by Braves, but can play outfield), Jim Thome (the club has had interest in him before and even though he's a left-handed hitter; he has a track record of success, though he is 40), and Marcus Thames (he's dealt with some injury issues, so he could come cheap).

* Texas has had success in the past with pitchers that have dealt with injuries or some down years but have some talent. They have met with the agent for Brandon Webb, though interest in him is based on what kind of risk they'd have to take on (in other words, would he get an invite for camp and not be guaranteed a roster spot, etc.).

* The Rangers met with the agent for Jeff Francis this week. The starter is another one of those injury risks. He had shoulder surgery in 2008 and started 19 games in 2010 but missed some time with shoulder tendinitis. He was 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA.

* Texas also met with Andrew Miller and his representatives. Miller, who is in town to meet with teams personally, is a 6-foot-7 lefty that can touch 97 mph with his fastball. But he's struggled so far in his brief major league career. The 25-year-old was 1-5 with an 8.54 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts) in 2010 for Florida. Boston traded for him in the offseason, but non-tendered him. So he's a free agent.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182