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Every Move the Texas Rangers Have Made this Off-Season... so far

You can’t keep track of who left and who arrived without this handy rundown

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Updated as of February 10, 2019 11:52pm

While this off-season has felt pretty boring, which is to be expected in a rebuild, the Texas Rangers have made multiple small moves with the occasional “big” move sprinkled throughout. A lot of moves I even completely forgot about.

So I decided to make a list and categorize all the Rangers moves in one place and hopefully made in the least confusing way and hopefully at least one of you finds this interesting/helpful so the too many hours of work I put into this will have a little pay off.

(I did not include the players that were claimed and then designated because what’s the point? They were here for like three seconds of insignificant time and then claimed by Baltimore or Chicago.)

(Data on transaction dates, etc. from


  • November 20- Catcher Jeff Mathis, 2 year / $6.25 million
  • November 30- RHP Jesse Chavez, 2 year / $8 million
  • December 18- RHP Lance Lynn, 3 year / $30 million


  • January 9- RHP Shelby Miller, $2 million
  • January 11-
    OF Nomar Mazara, $3.3 million
    OF Delino DeShields, $1.4 million
  • January 22- RHP Zach McAllister, $1 million
  • January 24- INF Asdrubal Cabrera, $3.5 million
  • January 29- RHP Shawn Kelley, $2.75 million, 2020 option


  • November 15-
    C Jett Bandy
    RHP Walker Weickel
  • December 17-
    RHP Matt Bush, Spring training invite
    RHP Tim Dillard, Spring training invite
    LHP Zac Curtis, Spring training invite
    INF Chase d’Arnaud, Spring training invite
  • January 4-
    RHP Adrian Sampson, Spring training invite
    RHP Rafael Montero, Spring training invite
  • January 9-
    RHP Jeanmar Gomez, Spring training invite
    OF Danny Santana, Spring training invite
  • January 22-
    RHP Taylor Guerrieri, Spring training invite
    RHP Michael Tonkin, Spring training invite
    C Tony Sanchez, Spring training invite
  • February 1- RHP Jason Hammel, Spring training invite
  • February 4- RHP David Carpenter
  • February 5-
    RHP Ricardo Rodriguez
    LHP Chris Nunn
  • February 7-
    OF Hunter Pence, Spring training invite
    INF/RHP Matt Davidson, Spring training invite


  • November 2- Drew Smyly from Chicago Cubs (for player to be named, 3-player deal)
  • December 11- Trade INF/OF Drew Robinson to the Cardinals for 3B Patrick Wisdom
  • December 13- Trade LHP Alex Claudio to Brewers for sixth overall selection in the Competitive Balance Round A of the 2019 MLB draft
  • December 21- Three way trade with Tampa Bay and Oakland:
    Rangers send Jurickson Profar to Oakland
    Rangers get 2B Eli White (Now the Rangers No. 12 prospect) and future considerations from Oakland
    Rangers get LHP Kyle Bird, LHP Brock Burke (Now the Rangers No.6 Prospect) and RHP Yoel Espinal from Tampa Bay
    Rangers send RHP Rollie Lacy to Tampa


  • October 25- Trainer Kevin Harmon.
  • November 20- 3B Adrian Beltre
  • January 16- RHP Shawn Tolleson


*italicized are subsequent player move / transactions after the Rangers move

  • October 29- Tony Barnette declares free agency, signed with Cubs 1 year/ $750,00 2020 option
  • November 2-

INF Hanser Alberto claimed off waivers by the Yankees, claimed off waivers from the Yankees by Baltimore

  • Declined 2019 options on:

RHP Doug Fister Elected free agency
C Robinson Chirinos Elected free agency, signed with Houston Astros 1 year / $5.75 million
LHP Matt Moore Elected free agency, signed with Detroit Tigers 1 year / $2.5 million
LHP Martin Perez Elected free agency, signed with Minnesota Twins 1 year / $4 million

  • Assigned outright to Nashville (PCL):

C Carlos Perez Elected free agency, signed with Baltimore Orioles
OF Ryan Rua Elected free agency
LHP Brandon Mann Elected free agency, signed to play in Japan
RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx Elected free agency, signed with Chinese Professional Baseball League
RHP Clayton Blackburn Elected free agency, signed with Cincinnati Reds

  • November 20-
    Assigned outright to Nashville (PCL):

RHP Eddie Butler Elected free agency, signed to play in Korea
RHP Ronald Herrera

  • Selected the contracts of:

RHP Edinson Volquez from Nashville (PCL)
OF Scott Heineman from Nashville (PCL) Had left/non-throwing shoulder surgery in December, expected to miss first month of regular season
RHP Wei-Chieh Huang from Frisco (Texas)
LHP Taylor Hearn from Frisco (Texas) (the Rangers No. 7 prospect)

  • January 4- Claimed RHP Luke Farrell from the Angels


  • October 25- Promoted Matt Lucero to head trainer
  • November 3- Chris Woodward named Manager
  • November 14-
    Luis Ortiz, hitting coach
    Don Wakamatsu, bench coach
    Jayce Tingler, major league player development field coordinator
    Tony Beasley, third base coach
    Hector Ortiz, first base coach
  • November 16- Named Julio Rangel pitching coach.
  • December 4-
    Oscar Marin, bullpen coach
    Callix Crabbe, assistant hitting coach
    Regan Wong, physical therapist
    Promoted Jacob Newburn to assistant trainer
  • December 11- Brandon McCarthy named a special assistant to the general manager