The Rangers' search for a new manager has moved into the interview stage. Triple-A Round Rock manager Steve Buechele and pitching coach Mike Maddux interviewed on Tuesday.
The Rangers have reached a two-year working agreement with the Class A Advanced High Desert Mavericks of the California League.
One day after the regular season ended, the first managerial moves were made on Monday as the Twins dismissed Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons on the job and the Astros named A.J. Hinch their next manager.
The Rangers never have a dull offseason, and this winter should be far from the exception. Start with the anticipated managerial search that may or may not result in interim manager Tim Bogar getting the job, and the offseason will only get more interesting from there.
The Rangers set Major League records by using 64 players in 2014, including 40 pitchers. There were 23 rookies among those 64 players, as the Rangers used the disabled list a Major League-high 26 times. By the end of the season, the Rangers had 12 players on the 60-day disabled list.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said finding a manager is his first order of business this offseason. Interim manager Tim Bogar, Triple-A manager Steve Buechele and pitching coach Mike Maddux will be interviewed, as well as a handful of candidates from the outside the organization.
The A's rode a Sonny Gray shutout to a 4-0 victory over the Rangers on Sunday, the final day of the season, punching their ticket to Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game in Kansas City.
Voting is underway through Sunday exclusively at MLB.com to help decide the 16th annual winners of the Hank Aaron Award, given by "The Hammer" himself during the upcoming 110th World Series to the outstanding offensive performer in each league.
Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski will get about a one-week break when the season ends. Then he will head to winter ball, playing for Obregon in the Mexican League.
The Rangers needed eight pitchers to get the job done, but they were able to forestall the Athletics' postseason celebration with a 5-4 victory on Saturday night.
Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings and the Rangers' five-game winning streak came to an end with a 6-2 loss to the Athletics on Friday night at Globe Life Park.
This is September and the Rangers have been out of postseason contention since at least June. But manager Tim Bogar said the club's late-season surge still matters.
Michael Kirkman is alive and well in the Rangers' bullpen. His re-emergence is the latest bit of evidence that those who throw left-handed may never run out of chances.
Last week, MLBPipeline.com handed out year-end awards for top hitting and pitching prospects. As much as Kris Bryant and Tyler Glasnow were deserving recipients, it was clear there were many other fantastic performances in 2014 that deserved some attention. With that in mind, MLBPipeline.com announced its 2014 All-Prospect Team on Friday.
Adrian Beltre's walk-off homer in the ninth followed a seven-inning gem from Colby Lewis as the Rangers defeated the AL Wild Card-hopeful A's, 2-1, and won their fifth straight game on Thursday night.