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Every Move the Texas Rangers Have Made this Off-Season... so far 2020 edition

Doing a quick once-over on the offseason moves

MLB: New York Yankees at Texas Rangers Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Updated as of February 11, 2020 1:18pm

I did this post last year and it seemed to be really helpful, at least to me who kept going back to it all season. I just found this to be a better way to see all the transactions if it’s categorized and listed out like this!

(Data on transaction dates, etc. from Baseball-Reference.com, CBS Sports, Spotrac.com, and John Blake’s twitter account)

THE BIGGEST MOVE

The biggest move the Rangers made this off-season? Moving out of Globe Life Park and in to Globe Life Field. There’s a lot of upside to this, mainly air conditioning.

SIGNED TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACTS

  • December 6- RHP Kyle Gibson, 3 year/ $30 million
  • December 13- RHP Jordan Lyles, 2 year/ $16 million
  • December 16- LHP Joely Rodriguez, 2-year/ $5.5 million (with 2022 club option)

SIGNED TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACTS

  • December 2- RHP Nick Goody 1 year/ $915,000
  • January 8- C Robinson Chirinos 1 year/ $6.75 million (With 2021 club option)
  • January 15- INF Todd Frazier 1 year/ $5 million (With 2021 option)

IN FINAL YEAR OF CONTRACT

  • Shin-Soo Choo, $21 million
  • Mike Minor, $9,833,334
  • Jeff Mathis, $3 million
  • Jesse Chavez, $4 million

SIGNED TO MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTS

  • November 27- INF/OF Rob Refsnyder, Spring training invite
  • December 5-

RHP Wei-Chieh Huang, Spring training invite (had been non-tendered December 2)
C Nick Ciuffo, Spring training invite

  • December 16-

RHP Matt Bush, 2 years
UTL Blake Swihart, Spring training invite
RHP Tim Dillard, Spring training invite
RHP Arturo Reyes, Spring training invite
LHP Brian Flynn, Spring training invite

  • December 19-

RHP Edinson Volquez, Spring training invite (will be competing for relief spot in ST)
RHP Ian Gibaut, Spring training invite (had been non-tendered December 2)
C Tim Federowicz, Spring training invite

  • January 2- OF Henery Ramos, Spring training invite
  • January 10- INF Yadiel Rivera, Spring training invite
  • January 22- RHP Juan Nicasio, Spring training invite
  • January 30-

RHP Derek Law, Spring training invite
3B Matt Duffy, Spring training invite

  • February 4- 1B Greg Bird, Spring training invite
  • February 7-

RHP Cody Allen, Spring training invite
LHP Brandon Mann

TRADES

RETIREMENTS

  • RHP Shawn Kelley…. maybe?

MESS OF TRANSACTIONAL INSANITY

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

  • October 31-

Declared free agency
LHP Jesse Biddle, signed minor league deal with Cincinnati Reds
INF Logan Forsythe, signed minor league deal with Philadelphia Phillies
RHP Edinson Volquez, signed minor league deal with Texas Rangers
DH Hunter Pence, signed with San Francisco Giants

  • November 1-

Team option declined
RHP Shawn Kelley
RHP Nate Jones

  • November 4- C Tim Federowicz Outrighted to minors, Elected free agency, signed minor league deal with Rangers
  • November 20-

Purchased from Frisco
RHP Demarcus Evans
RHP Tyler Phillips
CF Leody Taveras

Purchased from Down East
RHP Kyle Cody
3B Sherten Apostel
SS Anderson Tejeda

Designated for Assignment
LHP C.D Pelham, claimed off waivers by Chicago Cubs

  • November 25- RHP Adrian Sampson is released, signed to play in Korea
  • November 27- RHP Taylor Guerrieri outrighted to Nashville
  • January 10-

Avoid Arbitration
CF Joey Gallo, $4.4 million
RHP Rafael Montero, $785,000
INF Danny Santana, $3.6 million

COACHING/STAFF/FRONT OFFICE

  • October 28- Rangers Major League Player Development Field Coordinator Jayce Tingler named San Diego Padres Manager
  • November 11-

Corey Ragsdale promoted from Down East Wood Ducks manager to Rangers Field Coordinator
Ross Fenstermaker promoted to Senior Director of Professional and International Scouting.

  • January 2-

Darwin Barney appointed manager of Triple-A Nashville Sounds
Doug Mathis appointed as Major League bullpen coach

JEFFERY SPRINGS’ OFF SEASON

  • December 2- Not Offered Contract and Became Free Agent (non-tendered), designated for assignment
  • December 13- Signed as Free Agent ( 2020) (one-year contract)
  • January 15- traded to Boston