Texas Rangers: Jose Contreras

Contreras among Rangers' roster cuts

March, 17, 2014
Mar 17
Veteran pitcher Jose Contreras was offered re-assignment to minor league camp, part of a flurry of roster moves the team made on Monday.

Contreras, 42, is weighing his options, which could include retiring.

Pitchers Nick Tepesch, Cory Burns and Miles Mikolas along with infielder Andy Parrino were optioned to Triple-A. Pitcher Daniel Bard, recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in January, was re-assigned to minor league camp along with outfielders Brad Snyder and Bryan Peterson, catchers Patrick Cantwell and Brett Nicholas and infielder Kensuke Tanaka.

The Rangers now have 30 players remaining in big-league camp.

Reaction: Early strikes an issue for Ogando

February, 28, 2014
Feb 28
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers starter Alexi Ogando said he learned a valuable lesson in his two-inning start Friday.

"I learned that you got to throw your first pitch for strikes and be aggressive and attack a lot more," Ogando said. "That’s what happened. I got behind in the count to a lot of batters I faced, and that’s something I’ll take to the next outing."

Ogando threw first-pitch strikes to just two of the nine batters he faced in the Rangers' 11-1 loss to the Royals at Surprise Stadium. It came one day after Yu Darvish threw first-pitch strikes to all eight batters he faced. Ogando wasn't able to follow suit and he gave up two runs (both earned) on four hits with a strikeout in his two innings. He threw 34 pitches and just 19 were strikes.

"It was my first outing and you learn," Ogando said. "But I’m healthy and that's what is most important, but I’m happy because I was able to learn."

Other notes:

* RHP Jose Contreras struggled with his command, giving up four runs on six hits with one strikeout in his lone inning of work. Contreras had some movement on his pitches, like the splitter, but couldn't find the plate consistently.

* RHP Matt West was one of the few Rangers pitchers to throw a scoreless frame. He threw 10 pitches with seven of them strikes, hit both sides of the plate and erased an error by shortstop Elvis Andrus with a double play ball off the bat of Jason Donald.

* 1B Prince Fielder made a nice, diving grab to his left to snag a hard-hit ball down the line off the bat of Eric Hosmer to end the fourth inning.

* INF Brent Lillibridge had an RBI single, hitting a two-strike fastball into center field to account for the only run.

* Alex Rios, who had been out with a toe issue, got three at-bats Friday and was 1-for-3.

* It was a good defensive day for shortstop Luis Sardinas, who showed off his range and throwing arm by making solid plays on soft grounders and retiring fast runners.

Lineups: Alex Rios will play DH

February, 28, 2014
Feb 28
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals continue their Surprise rivalry at 2 p.m. CT today. You can hear the game on texasrangers.com (with Matt Hicks and some contributions from me).

The lineups:

LF Shin-Soo Choo (L)
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Prince Fielder (L)
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Alex Rios
RF Mitch Moreland (L)
C J.P. Arencibia
CF Michael Choice
2B Kensuke Tanaka (L)

RHP Alexi Ogando
RHP Jose Contreras
RHP Matt West
RHP Cory Burns
RHP Nate Adcock
LHP Pedro Figueroa
RHP Armando Rodriguez

RF Norichika Aoki (L)
2B Jason Donald
1B Eric Hosmer (L)
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon (L)
C Salvador Perez
3B Mike Moustakas (L)
CF Lorenzo Cain
SS Christian Colon

RHP James Shields
LHP Chris Dwyer
RHP Jason Adam
RHP Sugar Ray Marimon
LHP Everett Teaford
RHP Michael Mariot
LHP Tim Collins

Leonys Martin a big fan of Jose Contreras

February, 19, 2014
Feb 19
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There might be no bigger fan of Jose Contreras in the Rangers' clubhouse than Leonys Martin.

There's a 16-year gap between Martin and the 42-year-old Contreras, and Martin almost seemed in awe to be on the same team -- a handful of lockers away in the clubhouse, in fact -- of a pitcher he watched while in Cuba.

"He was an awesome pitcher," Martin said. "It's exciting he's here."

Shortly after speaking with the media Tuesday, Martin went over and gave Contreras a hug as the two greeted one another. Martin said he watched Contreras pitch in the Olympics and in the 2005 World Series with the Chicago White Sox.

As for Martin, he's just focused on what's happening on the field as he tries to build on last year. Martin's offseason has been in the news since stories broke that he was allegedly kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico before coming to the United States. You can read the full story from December here.

"It's a part of life," Martin said about the impending legal situation. "I don't want to talk about it. Give me two more weeks."

Martin said he wants to prepare for the season and work on improving after hitting .260 with eight homers and 49 RBIs in 147 games, proving he could handle the center field job.

"I feel so comfortable right now," Martin said. "It was a good year for me. I feel so relaxed. I know a lot better how I can get better."

Three sign deals, invited to spring training

December, 5, 2013
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent right-handed pitchers Jose Contreras and Nate Adcock and outfielder Bryan Petersen to 2014 minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to major league spring training, the team announced Thursday.

Contreras, who will turn 42 on Friday, spent last season with the Pittsburgh and Boston organizations. His only major league action came with the Pirates in May, when he allowed five runs over five innings in seven relief outings. Contreras had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June of 2012 and spent spring training rehabbing.

Conteras has a 78-67 career record with a 4.57 ERA over 299 games (175 starts) with Yankees, White Sox, Rockies, Phillies and Pirates. If he appears for the Rangers next season, Contreras would be second to only Nolan Ryan among oldest players in club history.

Adcock, 25, split last season in the Kansas City and Arizona organizations, going a combined 8-6 with a 6.67 ERA in 26 games (19 starts) for Omaha and Reno in the Pacific Coast League.

Petersen, 27, batted .275 with 33 doubles, eight home runs and 49 RBIs in 136 games with New Orleans (AAA) in the Miami Marlins organization last season.

Winter league update: Neftali Feliz has a 1.80 ERA in five innings pitched with six strikeouts over 5 relief appearances for Este of the Dominican Winter League. ... OF Engel Beltre is hitting .364 (8-for-22) with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored over his last six games with Licey. ... LHP Joseph Ortiz has four straight scoreless appearances (4 2/3 innings pitched) with a pair of saves for La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League.



Adrian Beltre
.322 17 64 64
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 64
RA. Beltre 64
OPSA. Beltre .876
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182