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Free agent starting pitcher Kyle Gibson officially signed with the Texas Rangers yesterday, and said that part of the reason he chose the Rangers was their experience working with players who have ulcerative colitis, which impacted him last season.

Free agent starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and the Rangers reportedly agreed to a two year deal yesterday.

Jeff Wilson says locking up Gibson and Lyles positions the Rangers to make a strong run at Anthony Rendon.

T.R. Sullivan writes that, with the Winter Meetings starting next week, the Rangers are aiming high, and Anthony Rendon appears to be a realistic target.

Evan Grant asks if the Rangers have what it takes to make them a desirable destination for free agent targets. He also details in this piece the offers made to Wheeler by the Rangers and the Chicago White Sox.

The Rangers closed the roof at their new ballpark for the first time on Friday, the DMN reported.

Nine pitchers in 2017 were demoted or released immediately after a bad outing at Minute Maid Park. We now know the Astros were cheating that year, and Molly Knight reached out to the nine — which included then-Rangers Anthony Bass and Dillon Gee — for their reactions to that fact.