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Rangers trade Beliveau; no Borbon deal yet

April, 16, 2013
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The Rangers made a trade Tuesday. It's just not the one involving outfielder Julio Borbon.

Left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday for cash considerations. Beliveau, who had been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, was designated for assignment on April 8 to make room for Triple-A catcher Robinson Chirinos in a separate deal with the Rays.

As for Borbon, the Rangers continue to try to deal the 27-year-old outfielder, who was designated for assignment last Tuesday. They have 10 days to trade him or put him on waivers, so the clock is ticking. Borbon would have to clear waivers before the Rangers can send him to Round Rock, but that is not expected to happen.

Rangers trade for catcher Chirinos

April, 8, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers added to their depth at catcher Monday, acquiring Robinson Chirinos from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

It's the first trade between the Rangers and the Rays, who are in town to start a three-game series Monday night.

Chirinos has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. The 28-year Venezuelan didn't play in 2012 after suffering a concussion in spring training when a foul tip hit his mask. He played in six games for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League and was 2-for-9 for the Rays this spring. Chirinos split his time in 2011 between Durham (AAA) and Tampa Bay, batting .218 (12-55) with one home run and seven RBIs in his only major league action. He was part of the Rays' trade with the Chicago Cubs in 2011 that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Cubs.

The Rangers designated left-hander Jeff Beliveau for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Chirinos.

Notes: Mike Olt to get more reps in minors

March, 19, 2013
MESA, Ariz. -- Highly-regarded prospect Mike Olt was one of four players optioned to Round Rock (AAA) on Tuesday as part of 12 roster moves announced by the Texas Rangers.

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Olt saw a lot of time this spring at third base and also played a few games in right field, a new position for the 24-year old whom the Rangers see as a key future contributor to their team.

With Mitch Moreland at first base and Adrian Beltre at third, Olt needed to add another position to his arsenal to increase his versatility and clear a path to the major leagues. He is expected to play both third and outfield with Round Rock.

"He'll go down there, get the repetitions, play everyday and get into game mode and the rest will take care of itself," manager Ron Washington said. "We get to the point in spring where we are going to play the regular guys more and he just needed to go somewhere where he could get regular work. That is why we sent him down.

"He did extremely well (in the outfield)."

Olt struggled at the plate early in the spring and Washington commented that he wanted to see the powerful, 6-foot-2, 210-pounder swing the bat more often. His play didn't diminish the positive outlook on his future in the lineup. However, with depth in the outfield, more seasoning will improve his chances to earn a regular spot on the major-league roster.

"It's good to be able to get more reps and get back on track," Olt said. "I view this as a positive. They want me up here as an everyday guy, not a bench guy, so I'll get my reps and get back on track."

Olt leaves major league camp with a .194 average this spring with two home runs and five RBIs.

A supplemental pick in the 2010 MLB Draft (49th overall), Olt split time between Double-A Frisco and Texas last season. He hit .152 in 33 big-league at-bats with no home runs, five RBIs and 13 strikeouts. This season would mark the first time Olt plays in Triple-A.

LHP Jeff Beliveau, OF Engle Beltre and RHP Wilmer Font were also assigned to Round Rock.

In addition to those moves, Texas announced eight players were reassigned to minor-league camp: 1B Brandon Allen, C Juan Apodaca, RHP Colin Balester, LHP Neal Cotts, C Jose Felix, RHP Evan Meek, INF Brandon Snyder, OF Aaron Cunningham and RHP Yoshinori Tateyama.

Including the three Rangers still playing in the World Baseball Classic, Texas has 45 players on its major league spring training roster.

Other team notes:

  • A delayed broadcast of today's game can be heard at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN 103.3 FM.

  • LHP Derek Holland will make his first appearance since returning from the WBC. He allowed five runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings against Tucson in a minor-league start for Round Rock (AAA).

  • Joe Nathan pitched two scoreless innings in a game with High-A Myrtle Beach and allowed one hit and no walks while striking out four.

  • LHP Matt Harrison is scheduled for a minor league game Thursday.

  • Going into Tuesday, Elvis Andrus had a 10-game hitting streak, batting .393 (11-28) in that span.

  • Jeff Baker was third in the majors and second in the Cactus League with a .467 batting average going into Tuesday's play.

  • Wednesday marks the third and final off day during the spring schedule. The club does not have another off day until April 1, the day after opening the season in Houston.

  • Nelson Cruz and Leurys Garcia (Dominican Republic) will be in San Francisco for tonight's WBC final before returning to the Rangers. Jurickson Profar (Netherlands) went 0-for-3 with a walk in last night's semifinal against Puerto Rico, also committing a throwing error. It was Profar's only WBC game, as he was an injury replacement for the semifinals.

  • Derek Lowe is scheduled to start for the Rangers on Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is not likely to pitch three innings again, as he did in Monday's emergency start in place of Yu Darvish.
  • Rangers-Brewers matchup interrupted again

    March, 8, 2013
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    MARYVALE, Ariz. -- There is another item to add to the short list of guarantees in life; when the Texas Rangers travel to Maryvale to face the Milwaukee Brewers for a Cactus League game, it will be called because of rain.

    At least that is the trend for the last three years, including Friday when the game was suspended after four innings. Texas led 2-0 at the time.

    The game technically entered a rain delay a little more than an hour after the first pitch, but the delay could have just as easily been due to high winds, cold temperatures, or just a general lack of interest, as neither team fielded many regulars.

    The Rangers were also rained out in visits to Maryvale Baseball Park in 2011 and 2012. Last season's game was called after four innings, while the 2011 game ended before it got started.

    The last time the Rangers and Brewers were able to complete a game was on March 27, 2010.

    During the little bit of time the teams did play, Jeff Beliveau and Michael Kirkman each pitched two scoreless innings and allowed a combined three hits.

    Manager Ron Washington said pitchers who were scheduled to throw today but were unable to due to the cancelled game will make up their work Saturday when the Rangers play two split-squad games.

    Mike Olt among eight with 2013 contracts

    February, 12, 2013
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    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers announced that eight players have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for the 2013 season. The players, all pre-arbitration eligible, include seven pitchers and infielder Mike Olt.

    The full list:

    Jeff Beliveau ($492,000)
    Cory Burns ($492,000)
    Justin Grimm ($491,000)
    Michael Kirkman ($495,800)
    Justin Miller ($490,000)
    Neil Ramirez ($490,000)
    Robbie Ross ($497,400)
    Mike Olt ($492,000)

    Texas now has 25 of its 40 players on the roster under contract for the 2013 season.

    Rangers claim LHP Jeff Beliveau from Cubs

    December, 21, 2012
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    Left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers from the Chicago Cubs on Friday. He goes on the club’s 40-man roster, putting them at a full 40 for now.

    Beliveau, 25, made is big league debut in 2012 in the Cubs’ bullpen, going 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Iowa and was 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA in 44 innings (37 appearances). He was designated for assignment on Dec. 12 when the Cubs signed third baseman Ian Stewart.

    Beliveau, the 2011 Cubs minor league pitcher of the year, was taken by Chicago in the 18th round of the 2008 draft. He has averaged 11.6 strikeouts-per-nine-innings in his five-year minor-league career.



    Colby Lewis
    10 5.18 133 170
    BAA. Beltre .324
    HRA. Beltre 19
    RBIA. Beltre 77
    RA. Beltre 79
    OPSA. Beltre .879
    ERAC. Lewis 5.18
    SOY. Darvish 182