How All Of The Texas Rangers Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)

 

The Rangers had back to back World Series Appearances in 2010 and 2011 - and have 4 straight seasons of collecting 90+ Wins - with 370 victories overall.  2014 has been an injury plagued season, robbing the club perhaps of putting forth a 5th consecutive 90 win campaign.  Despite this, the organization has done spade work to be mentioned as a top franchise over the last 5 years.  This Roster Tree proves a little of this.

The Rangers had back to back World Series Appearances in 2010 and 2011 – and have 4 straight seasons of collecting 90+ Wins – with 370 victories overall. 2014 has been an injury plagued season, robbing the club perhaps of putting forth a 5th consecutive 90 win campaign. Despite this, the organization has done spade work to be mentioned as a top franchise over the last 5 years. This Roster Tree proves a little of this.

How All Of The Rangers Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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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.

Out of all of the players the team currently has, only Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland and Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar are comprised of team draft picks – with the latter being hurt right now.

The rest of them were picked up via another route.

Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios have done their best to keep the 35 - 35 Rangers afloat in the AL West.  If the team can't stay anywhere near contending in a few weeks, the management may decide to trade both of these men at their peak values.  Beltre is signed through the 2016 year, while Rios may be added with a Team Option for 2015.  The RHB are collectively in the top 10 for BA in 2014, and both have exceeded their career BA's since donning Texas uniforms.

Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios have done their best to keep the 35 – 35 Rangers afloat in the AL West. If the team can’t stay anywhere near contending in a few weeks, the management may decide to trade both of these men at their peak values. Beltre is signed through the 2016 year, while Rios may be added with a Team Option for 2015. The RHB are collectively in the top 10 for BA in 2014, and both have exceeded their career BA’s since donning Texas uniforms – and being in their 30’s.

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.

The team also pulled off a nice little trade to pick up Alex Rios for Leury Garcia last year when Nelson Cruz faced his Biogenesis suspension.

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 team has actually seeing nice numbers from Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez. They have combined to hit .281, with 6 HRs and 27 RBI, aided by 12 – 2B and 7 HR.

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.


Adrian Beltre (35) 3B:  January 5, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Shin-Soo Choo (31) OF:  December 27, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Robinson Chirinos (30) C:  April 7, 2013: Traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Texas Rangers for player to be named.

Prince Fielder (30) 1B: November 20, 2013: Traded by the Detroit Tigers with cash to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler.

Ian Kinsler (31) 2B:  Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round of the 2003 amateur draft.

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.

Chris McGuinness (26) 1B:  December 30, 2013: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Miles Mikolas.

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.

Ron Mahay (42) RP: December 13, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Mark Teixeira (34) 1B:  Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2001 amateur draft.

Leonys Martin (26) CF:  Signed by the Texas Rangers as an amateur free agent in 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.

Leury Garcia (23) 2B/3B: Signed by the Texas Rangers as an amateur free agent in 2007.

Mitch Moreland (28) 1B/RF:  Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round of the 2007 amateur draft.

Michael Choice (24) OF: December 3, 2013: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Chris Bostick (minors) to the Texas Rangers for Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom.

Chris Bostick (21) 2B/SS:  Is currently in A+ with Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League.

Craig Gentry (30) CF:  Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round of the 2006 amateur draft.

Josh Lindblom (27) P:  December 9, 2012: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with Lisalverto Bonilla (minors) to the Texas Rangers for Michael Young and cash.

Lisalverto Bonilla (23) P:  Is with AAA Round Rock as a Reliever.

Michael Young (37) 2B/3B/1B/DH:  July 19, 2000: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Darwin Cubillan to the Texas Rangers for Esteban Loaiza.

Darwin Cubillan (41) P: May 8, 2001: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Montreal Expos for Mike Johnson.

Mike Johnson (38) P:  October 15, 2001: Granted Free Agency.

Esteban Loaiza (41) SP: July 17, 1998: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Texas Rangers for Warren Morris and Todd Van Poppel.

Warren Morris (40) 2B:  Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 5th round of the 1996 amateur draft.

Todd Van Poppel (42) SP:  June 20, 1997: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Donnie Murphy (31) UT:  March 26, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Texas Rangers from the Chicago Cubs.

Josh Wilson (33) UT:  December 12, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Luis Sardinas (21) 2B/3B/SS:  Signed by the Texas Rangers as an amateur free agent in 2009.

Kevin Kouzmanoff (32) 3B:  December 12, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Chris Gimenez (32) C/1B/LF:  April 9, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Dan Robertson (28) OF/2B:  April 23, 2014: Purchased by the Texas Rangers from the San Diego Padres.

Jim Adduci (29) LF/1B:  November 12, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Brad Snyder (32) PH/OF/1B:  November 14, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Geovany Soto (31) C:  December 3, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Jurickson Profar (21) 2B/SS: Signed by the Texas Rangers as an amateur free agent in 2009.

Transaction Dates Linked to that of Baseballreference.com

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Losing Prince Fielder for the year is somewhat catastrophic to the team, but it doesn't have to be a death sentence to the 2014 year.  The big 1B was not part of the 15 - 9 start the team put forth, before a rough 8 - 15 slide since then.  Once Fielder left for good, the team is holding steady at 13 - 12 since.  Pitching will save the day, and the organization may look to add some players that don't require a ton of assets to ascertain.  If the club has bad next month,, it could also be time to sell some players off and retool for 2015.

Losing Prince Fielder for the year is somewhat catastrophic to the team, but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence to the 2014 year. The big 1B was not part of the 15 – 9 start the team put forth, before a rough 8 – 15 slide since when he was reinserted for his last stint this year. Once Fielder left for good, the team is holding steady at 12 – 12 since. Pitching will save the day, and the organization may look to add some players that don’t require a ton of assets to ascertain. If the club has bad next month,, it could also be time to sell some players off and retool for 2015.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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