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Corey Kluber allowed one run over six innings in Thursday's intrasquad game. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kluber allowed two hits, struck nine, and walked zero in the outing. He wound up throwing 80 pitches and appears ready to start the season without any workload limitations. The 34-year-old made just seven starts in 2019 and was traded to the Rangers over the offseason.


Ronald Guzman has officially joined his teammates for Rangers workouts. (Source: Jeff Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear why Guzman was not participating with the team, but he is working out now in preparation for Opening Day. He's in line to potentially platoon at first base against RHP this season.


Joey Gallo tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gallo tested positive via a saliva test given by Major League Baseball but has twice gotten a negative test result while using nasal swabs. This is yet another confusing part of MLB's testing protocol but it is certainly good news for Gallo. He'll need to test negative again in 24 hours to re-join Rangers workouts.

Category: Injury Updates


Lance Lynn struck out eight over six scoreless innings in a simulated game on Tuesday. (Source: TR Sullivan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lynn threw 83 pitches today and should have no problem being ready for a normal workload come Opening Day. The 33-year-old is coming off a monster 2019 season in which he struck out 246 batters across 208 1/3 innings.


The Rangers added RHPs Edinson Volquez and Juan Nicasio to their summer camp roster. (Source: Chris Halicke on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The two veterans were in spring training as non-roster invitees. They'll both serve as pitching depth for Texas this year.

Category: Transactions


The Rangers added Juan Nicasio to their 60-man player pool. (Source: Chris Halicke on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team also added Edinson Volquez to their summer camp roster. The two veterans will serve as pitching depth this season.

Category: Transactions


The Yankees signed 3B Matt Duffy to a minor-league contract. (Source: New York Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Duffy was released by the Rangers during the shutdown and latches onto the Yankees on a minor-league deal. He slashed .252/.343/.327 with one homer, 12 RBI and 12 runs scored across 169 plate appearances for the Rays in 2019. Duffy won’t provide fantasy value unless the Yankees are stricken with injuries in the infield.

Category: Transactions


Joely Rodriguez (lat) is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez is dealing with a strained lat and will not be ready by Opening Day. He figures to play a key role in the Rangers bullpen once he is able to return. Rodriguez owned a 1.64 ERA in the Japan Central League last season.

Category: Injury Updates


The Athletic's Levi Weaver notes that Kyle Gibson has ulcerative colitis and will not be required to participate in the truncated MLB season. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Gibson's condition is an autoimmune disorder which makes him "high risk" amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 32-year-old has not yet said whether or not he will participate this year and it's unclear when MLB will need to know by. Gibson signed a three-year, $28 million contact with the Rangers this offseason.


Justin Foscue signed with the Rangers for $3.25 million as the fourteenth overall pick from the recent MLB draft. (Source: Jon Heyman)

Fantasy Impact: The second baseman out of Mississippi State signs an under-slot deal, as MLB reported that the assigned value was a little over $4 million. The 21-year old is a high-floor, low-ceiling prospect with the potential to be an average major leaguer.

Category: Transactions


Cody Allen (forearm) has been throwing at Globe Life Park during the COVID-19 shutdown. (Source: Rangers.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Allen signed a minor league deal with the team in February and then put up an 11.25 ERA in four Cactus League appearances. Still, there's a reasonable chance he makes the Rangers' bullpen in a shortened season with expanded rosters. However, it remains very unlikely that he provides any fantasy value this year.

Category: Injury Updates


Willie Calhoun (jaw) went on MLB Network Radio and said that he is back to 100 percent. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Calhoun got hit by a pitch in the face before spring training was suspended but continues to progress. The 25-year-old is still trying to gain back some of the weight he lost but should ultimately be ready for whenever the 2020 season gets underway. Calhoun smacked 21 homers in just 83 games last year while posting an .847 OPS.

Category: Injury Updates


Danny Santana was removed from Friday's Cactus League game due to calf tightness. (Source: John Blake on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was definitely a precautionary move by the Rangers, who played their first spring game today. It isn't anything to be worried about yet. Santana shockingly hit 28 homers and stole 21 bases a season ago.

Category: Injury Updates


Rangers manager Chris Woodward says Jose Leclerc will enter spring training as the Rangers' closer. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Leclerc struggled mightily at times throughout the 2019 season, eventually losing his closing job to Shawn Kelley. He wound up bouncing back towards the end of the year and will get another chance to hold down the job in 2020. Leclerc still showed elite swing-and-miss potential last year, striking out 100 batters in just 68 2/3 innings.


Greg Bird and the Rangers have reached an agreement on a minor league contract that includes an invite to spring training. (Source: George A. King III on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bird showed some serious power potential during his time with the Yankees but a plethora of injuries has held him back. He'll get a fresh start in Texas and isn't worth investing in for fantasy purposes right away. However, if he stays healthy and gets off to a fast start there could be some upside here.

Category: Transactions


Nomar Mazara was traded from the Rangers to the White Sox on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Steele Walker. (Source: TR Sullivan on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Mazara battled multiple injuries and had an up-and-down campaign for the Rangers in 2019. He slashed .268/.318/.469 with 19 home runs, 66 RBI, 69 runs scored and four stolen bases across 469 plate appearances last year. At just 24 years old, Mazara should slot in as the everyday right fielder and could breakout in 2020 with a new change of scenery.

Category: Transactions


Jordan Lyles signed a two-year, 16 million dollar contract with the Rangers on Friday. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lyles will most likely slot as the number two starter behind Mike Minor. He owned a 12-8 record, 4.15 ERA, 1.32 WHIP with 146 strikeouts across 141 innings with the Brewers/Pirates in 2019. Lyles will see a significant downgrade in his home ballpark, but can be drafted as a back of the rotation starter in mixed league league formats. Despite ending 2019 on a high note, Lyles overall numbers will take a hit with the move to Texas.

Category: Transactions


Shin-Soo Choo went 1-for-2 with three walks, two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Choo set a career-high in home runs with 24 and stole 15 bases which were the most he's had in a season since 2013. He had shown he still has plenty of life left in him to contribute next season and beyond. Choo finished 2019 slashing .265/.371/.455 with 24 home runs, 61 RBI, 93 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 660 plate appearances.

Category: Game Recaps


Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored in the Rangers 6-1 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Andrus ranked sixth in the majors with 31 steals this year. He had yet another productive season and continues to generate fantasy value with his legs. Andrus finished 2019 slashing .275/.313/.393 with 12 home runs, 72 RBI, 81 runs scored and 31 stolen bases in 648 plate appearances.

Category: Game Recaps


Scott Heineman went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs, a stolen base and three walks in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Heineman is slashing .213/.306/.373 with two homers, seven RBI and eight runs scored in 25 games. The stolen base was the first of his major-league career after he was caught stealing on his first two attempts.

Category: Game Recaps