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MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, folks...

It was a busy day for the Texas Rangers yesterday.

Chris Woodward, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach, is the Rangers new manager, though no official announcement has been made yet.

Levi Weaver has a write-up on Woodward.

Kevin Sherrington offers his thoughts on Woodward.

The DMN has five things Rangers fans should know about Woodward.

The Rangers acquired Drew Smyly and a player to be named later from the Chicago Cubs yesterday for a player to be named later.

The Chicago Cubs, by virtue of moving Smyly, can afford to exercise the option on Cole Hamels for 2020, which otherwise would have resulted in the Rangers paying Hamels $6 million buyout.

The Rangers made a host of roster moves yesterday, most notably declining the option for 2019 on catcher Robinson Chirinos.

Levi goes over the Drew Smyly trade and the various roster decisions the Rangers made yesterday.

Hanser Alberto was claimed on waivers by the New York Yankees yesterday.

Levi talked to Matt Blood, the new farm director for the Rangers, about his background and his role with the team.

Jeff Wilson runs down some potential Texas Rangers targets among the free agents on the market.

Charles Leblanc and Yanio Perez each had solid days at the plate yesterday in Arizona Fall League action.