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Tuesday Morning Texas Rangers Update

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Good morning.

Evan Grant writes that, perhaps buoyed by a potentially descending Astros team, the Rangers and Angels are back at their early-2010s arms race.

Jeff Wilson notes that Globe Life Field is expected to open on time even after Saturday’s fire so, no, the Rangers likely won’t have to return to Globe Life Park to play some games on a modified football field.

Grant writes that no delays are anticipated at The Field but the construction crew will have to replace 2,000 square feet of roof area.

T.R. Sullivan looks back at the ten best defensive plays by the Rangers over this decade. (I’d argue Elvis’ diving stab and glove-flip to a sprinting Kinsler in the World Series should be here.)

MLB dot com’s David Adler notes that the Rangers made the Joely Rodriguez signing official and inked a few noteworthy NRI minor league deals.

Jim “Ralph” Bowden gives teams a grade for their work this winter so far because that is a thing people will click to read.

Count the Rangers among the early winners of the offseason thus far according to Richard Justice.

Jamey Newberg has a profile of new Rangers prospect Steele Walker, a personality that appears to be not baseball-boring. So there’s that.

Will Leitch identifies the very best player from each team from this decade and, yeah, it’s Adrian Beltre for the Rangers. Maybe pull a Witten, AB. :(

And, finally, Delino DeShields offered a classy goodbye. Good luck in Cleveland, ‘Lino!

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Well guys... This is extremely bitter sweet for me. I really don’t know where to start, but I would first start by thanking the Texas Rangers organization for taking a chance on me in the rule 5 draft in 2014 and giving me an opportunity to live my childhood dream of playing in the big leagues. You guys don’t understand how much I loved playing with Texas across my chest every single night. Thanks to all of my teammates for opening your arms and allowing me to feel like I was a part of your family. Y’all truly made it fun showing up to the ballpark everyday. Thanks to the coaches for keeping me motivated and continuing to push me to be better. Thanks to the fans for all of the support and the love that I’ve received from playing here in the state of Texas. I’ve never felt so much love like I have from you all and I appreciate it more than you know. Thanks to the medical and strength team for keeping me durable and healthy. Thanks to the clubhouse staff for being present and making life a little easier so that I can go perform at a high level everyday. Thanks to the media team for being genuinely good people with good intentions. Y’all have always believed in me and I’m grateful for that. Last but not least to the people that are behind the scenes that I’ve gotten to know on a personal level, and y’all know who you are, I appreciate you also. From the bottom of my heart I love you Texas Rangers nation and I’m going to miss every single one of you guys top to bottom. Thank you for the endless amount of memories. Texas will always be home to me. To my new club the Cleveland Indians, I’m really excited to get the chance to meet you guys and start this new chapter in my career. I’ve heard nothing but great things. I promise y’all will get the best of me and know that I’m going to leave it all out on the field every night. I can’t wait to get going with you guys this spring. Let’s get it !

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Have a nice day!