How All Of The Rangers Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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The Rangers set up their franchise for years to come in 2007, when they pulled off a trade of ALL – Star Mark Teixeira – to acquire several players in the franchise that they are still seeing solid returns.
My absolute favorite transaction tree is finding out the Michael Choice branch of trades.
It dates back to the team signing Todd Van Poppel as a Free Agent before the 1998 season.
The rest of them were picked up via another route.
You have to give it up for the Rangers brass bringing in Adrian Beltre prior to the 2011 year.
All this guy has done is hit .312/.356/.536 – with 106 HRs and 333 RBI in 1939 AB worth, or about 3 years worth.
Add in a 3rd, 7th and 15th AL MVP place vote, 2 ALL – Star selections, 2 Gold Gloves and 2 Silver Slugger Awards.
Like Beltre, Rios has thrived in the Rangers lineup, featuring a .306/.340/.463 – with 44 Extra Base Hits and 28 SB in a mere 458 AB.
Rios is leading the AL in 3B during the 2014 campaign with 8. In 117 Games Played with Texas, the man has 140 Hits.
Both of these men might be trade chips soon if the squad can’t get back into the mix, however their value has been heightened in the Rangers uniform.
There is a Team Option for Rios for 2015, and Beltre has another year next season, with a Vesting Option for 2016.
At 2493 hits for his career, Beltre has a legitimate shot a 3000 base knocks. Can he manage 507 more with Texas before it is over?
Beltre led the league in hits for 2013, with 199 of them.
Of course the organization will need Prince Fielder to recover from his ailments in 2014, to help change the course of the offense.
The franchise traded away Ian Kinsler for his services.
A lot of players were signed in the last 8 months to fill the gap for injury.
The Catchers situation looked to be in grave straits when Geovany Soto had knee surgery and J.P Arencibia put up anemic numbers.
The Backstoppers have also scored 19 runs, and this is all in 178 AB. Nice production. Chirinos is riding a 2 game consecutive HR streak.
Even with the injuries sustained, this team has a fighting chance to compete this season if the Starting Pitching can heal up, or the brass can make a trade.
Texas Rangers 2014 Hitters Age/Position (Roster Tree)
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
Rougned Odor (20) 2B: Signed by the Texas Rangers as an amateur free agent in 2011.
Elvis Andrus (25) SS: July 31, 2007: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Beau Jones (minors), Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Texas Rangers for Ron Mahay and Mark Teixeira.
Neftali Feliz (26) RP: Is currently with Round Rock in AAA. Contributed mightily to 2 World Series Births.
Matt Harrison (28) SP: Has played with the club since 2008, is recovering on the 60 DAY DL with spinal nerve inflammation.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (29) C: July 31, 2010: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later, Roman Mendez (minors), Chris McGuiness and cash. The Boston Red Sox sent Michael Thomas (minors) (August 14, 2010) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.
Miles Mikolas (25) P: Has seen time in the pen and as a Starter in Round Rock, is only a matter of time until he gets called up to the big club.
Michael Thomas (25) C: Was released June 15, 2011 by Texas.
Roman Mendez (23) P: Continues to pitch for Round Rock in the PCL as a Reliever.
Beau Jones (26) RP: Granted Free Agency after 2011.
Alex Rios (33) RF: August 9, 2013: Traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later. The Texas Rangers sent Leury Garcia (August 11, 2013) to the Chicago White Sox to complete the trade.
Chris Bostick (21) 2B/SS: Is currently in A+ with Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League.
Lisalverto Bonilla (23) P: Is with AAA Round Rock as a Reliever.
Mike Johnson (38) P: October 15, 2001: Granted Free Agency.
Transaction Dates Linked to that of Baseballreference.com
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