Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:10:09 -0800
The Texas Rangers are still looking for help in the bullpen despite having RPs Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers and Joakim Soria.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:14:09 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz made his fourth relief appearance in 10 days Friday, Nov. 29, in the Dominican Republic Winter League. He's in the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery and will be competing with RPs Tanner Scheppers and Joakim Soria for the closer role next year. Feliz pitched 15 1/3 innings from rookie ball to the big leagues last season. He struck out three of the 10 hitters he faced in his first three winter ball outings and allowed only one hit while topping out at 95-97 mph. "Health-wise, he's probably 95 percent with his delivery and all of that," pitching coach Gary Ruby said. "He's thrown very hard, and the changeup has been way above average. The breaking ball needs some work, but he's really close." Feliz is receiving two days of rest after each appearance.
Fantasy Tip: Feliz has plenty of time to get to 100 percent health. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks between now and spring training, he should be considered the favorite to take the ninth-inning duties over Soria or Scheppers.
Sun, 03 Nov 2013 10:36:09 -0800
Texas Rangers RPs Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers are expected to be candidates for the closer job next season. SP Alexi Ogando could also be an option if the team adds another starting pitcher.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:18:14 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan voided his contract option for the 2014 season Friday, Nov. 1, making him a free agent. The Rangers picked up their side of the option.
Fantasy Tip: The Rangers could re-sign Nathan, but that's unlikely since he's looking for a multi-year deal and the club has plenty of other holes to fill. Look for either Joakim Soria or Tanner Scheppers to enter the season as the closer in Texas.
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:38:42 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan would prefer to negotiate a multi-year deal. The team has three days to decide whether to exercise his $9 million option for the 2014 season or give him a buyout of $750,000. Nathan can void the option after finishing at least 55 games this season. "I want at least two years," Nathan said. "The last couple of years, I think I've proven that I'm healthy. I think I've proven to lots of skeptics and critics that I can handle a two-year deal or maybe two and an option." Nathan had 43 saves, a 1.39 ERA and 73 strikeouts this year.
Fantasy Tip: Texas has both Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers who would be more than capable of filling the closer role if the Rangers decide to let Nathan walk. Soria will be pitching in his first full season back after Tommy John surgery, too.
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 12:09:25 -0700
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan is expected to decline his $9.5 million option for the 2014 season and become a free agent. However, a formal decision is unlikely to be made until after the World Series is over. If Nathan leaves Texas, RPs Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers appear to be the top candidates for the closer's role.
Sun, 28 Jul 2013 01:38:08 -0700
The Texas Rangers may deal CL Joe Nathan before the deadline, mainly because the team believes it has a deep enough bullpen to withstand the hit the club would take by trading Nathan. RP Joakim Soria, who closed for the Kansas City Royals, could take over if Nathan is dealt, and the club gets RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) back from Tommy John surgery in about one month.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:36:18 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said RP Joakim Soria is available out of the bullpen Monday, July 8. Washington said Soria would be available in back-to-back situations if he can keep his pitch count down. "I feel good," Soria said. "As long as I feel good, I don't see why not."
Sun, 07 Jul 2013 11:43:04 -0700
Confirming a previous report, the Texas Rangers have activated RP Joakim Soria (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list.
Sun, 07 Jul 2013 00:33:05 -0700
Updating a previous item, Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria (elbow) was not activated Saturday, July 6, from the disabled list, but he could return Sunday, July 7.