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Wed.'s HoF election will likely expand list of expansion teams' players in Hall. Expos (Raines & Guerrero), M's (Martinez), Astros (Bagwell) & Padres (Hoffman) candidates could join their teams' Carter & Dawson, Griffey Jr. & Johnson, Biggio and Gwynn. Pudge Rodriguez would be first electee whose primary team was expansion Tex/Was.

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Pudge Rodriguez just misses on ESPN's ballot

ESPN's 17 Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots, and Ivan Rodriguez received 12 votes (70.6 percent). That missed the 75 percent threshold by only one vote. ESPN's HOF ballot

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Rangers agreed to a 1-year deal with Tyson Ross. Ross made only one start last season due to an injury that required Thoracic Outlet surgery. In 2015, he had the third-lowest hard-hit rate in the majors (8.8%). The 2 pitchers who ranked better among ERA title qualifiers were Clayton Kershaw (8.3%) and Jake Arrieta (8.7%).

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Rangers bullpen in Olney's top 10

The Rangers are well set up around Matt Bush with right-handers (closer Sam Dyson, Jeremy Jeffress) and left-handers (Jake Diekman, Alex Claudio). Where does the Texas relief corps rank on Buster Olney's list? Top bullpens (Insider)

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Top catchers: A Giant among backstops

Salvador Perez won another Gold Glove and Jonathan Lucroy can mash, but no one gets it done at the plate and behind it like Buster Posey.

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It's about that time

Spring training is nearly here! Texas pitchers and catchers will begin workouts in Surprise, Ariz. on Feb. 15 and will be joined by the full squad on Feb. 21.

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Is Ivan Rodriguez the greatest catcher ever?

Would you take Pudge behind the plate over, say, Johnny Bench? Here's where soon-to-be-Hall of Famer Rodriguez ranks among baseball's best backstops.

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Is Beltre baseball's best third baseman?

Adrian Beltre is approaching milestones that are usually rewarded with Hall of Fame induction. The veteran seems to be closing in on the end of his career with a flourish as one of the elite players at his position. Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list? Top third basemen (Insider)

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Is Odor baseball's best second baseman?

Rougned Odor is a dynamic player and still unfinished at age 22. He had 70 extra-base hits, including 33 homers, but also racked up 135 strikeouts and only 19 walks. Where does Odor rank on Buster Olney's list? Top second basemen (Insider)

Texas ranks high, but has work to do

Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels are the best one-two punch in the AL West, but the back end of the Rangers' rotation remains a question mark. Bowden: Midwinter Power Rankings (Insider)

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Which MLB sluggers are on deck to sign next?

Cancel the next 'Party at Napoli's' in Cleveland, because Mike Napoli is looking elsewhere after the Encarnacion deal. Who will sign next, and where?

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All-Unemployed Team's starting rotation: Jason Hammel, Doug Fister, Colby Lewis, Tyson Ross, Jered Weaver

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Rangers still in need of first base help

Texas seems to be heading toward a reunion with Mike Napoli, who is coming off a great season with Cleveland. If no deal is reached, there are still several free-agent first basemen available. Contenders' holes (Insider)

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Who could be the Rangers' Ben Zobrist?

Texas' best bet at getting Joey Gallo in the lineup might be in a utility role. The slugger wouldn't play in the middle of the diamond, but could be an option at first, third and as a corner outfielder. A Zobrist for every team (Insider)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs7657th
Batting Average.2625th
On Base Percentage.32215th
Slugging Percentage.4336th
Earned Run Average4.3722nd
Quality Starts848th
WHIP1.3722nd
BAA.26021st

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