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Joely Rodriguez's ankle is free from pain, but he has not been able to throw consistently, meaning that he is a couple of weeks behind most other relievers. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez's Opening Day roster spot is in jeopardy, and he is a risky draft day selection given his multiple 2020 injuries. He is a name to keep on the radar though, given the Rangers' lack of options in the closer role.

Category: Injury Updates

Rangers GM Chris Young says catcher Sam Huff was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Huff is going to undergo treatment for two weeks before being re-evaluated with an MRI. The 23-year-old impressed in his 10-game sample in the big leagues last season, hitting .355 with three home runs. Huff will likely begin the season in Triple-A but hopefully this hamstring injury doesn't keep him sidelined for long.

Category: Injury Updates

Rangers manager Chris Woodward acknowledged that Jose Leclerc will get save chances, though he isn't officially naming a closer just yet. (Source: Jeff Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Texas has some other interesting arms in their bullpen, including Jonathan Hernandez and Joely Rodriguez, but Leclerc should be the favorite for saves if he's healthy. The 27-year-old appeared in just two games last season as he dealt with shoulder problems.

Texas Rangers reliever Demarcus Evans sustained a lat injury during the offseason so he won't be able to throw off a mound until mid-March, according to Levi Weaver of The Athletic. (Source: Levi Weaver on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old made his major league debut with Texas last season and looked sharp, despite only throwing four innings. The lat injury will set him back but he has the ability to start the year on the major league roster after posting a 0.90 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 60 innings between High-A and Double-A back in 2019. He's a name to keep an eye on.

Category: Injury Updates

The Rangers have designated reliever Jimmy Herget for assignment. The right-hander was the odd man out as Texas was required to clear a 40-man roster spot after acquiring Josh Sborz from the Dodgers. (Source: John Blake on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A former Reds prospect, Herget landed with the Rangers for the 2020 season and posted a 3.20 ERA in 20 games. He added 14 walks and 17 strikeouts. While the 27-year-old has a limited sample size, his promising stats from last season could result in some trade interest as he waits in DFA limbo.

Category: Transactions

Dane Dunning revealed that he had a COVID-19 diagnosis back in December, according to Rangers beat writer Evan Grant. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dunning's symptoms were a "lost sense of smell and taste, fever, etc" according to Grant, who also mentioned that the recently acquired pitcher "has had no lingering effects." It's great news that Dunning is feeling healthy now and is ready to roll for spring training. He came over from the White Sox in the offseason as part of the Lance Lynn deal and should open the season in the Rangers' rotation.

Category: Injury Updates

The Rangers traded SS Elvis Andrus, C Aramis Garcia and cash to the Athletics in exchange for DH/OF Khris Davis, C Jonah Heim and and RHP Dane Acker. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Andrus will head to Oakland where he will be the team’s starting shortstop replacing Marcus Semien, who signed with the Blue Jays in the offseason. The 32-year-old is under contract through 2022 and will be owed $28.5 million. Andrus struggled in 2020, slashing .194/.252/.330 across 111 plate appearances. A change of scenery might help Andrus’ fantasy value and he’ll look to rebound after a disappointing 2020 campaign.

Category: Transactions

Isiah Kiner-Falefa and the Rangers avoid arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million deal. (Source: Levi Weaver on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kiner-Falefa will move to SS and replace Elvis Andrus this season. He slashed .280/.329/.370 with three home runs, 10 RBI, 28 runs scored and eight stolen bases across 228 plate appearances in 2020. Kiner-Falefa is expected to hit in the top of the order and with his added positional eligibility could be a late round bargain in upcoming fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions

Joey Gallo and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.2 million deal. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gallo avoids arbitration by settling for a one-year, $6 million contract. He struggled to keep his average above the Mendoza line, slashing .187/.311/.416 across 226 plate appearances in 2020. Gallo has elite power, but his low batting average makes him more of an intriguing option in points leagues.

Category: Transactions

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the Texas Rangers are trading RHP Rafael Montero to the Seattle Mariners. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We have yet to hear what Texas is receiving in return for Montero. Passan also notes that Seattle is attempting to upgrade their bullpen this offseason. Montero saved eight games for the Rangers this past season, and there's a chance he could enter the ninth-inning mix for the Mariners next season.

Category: Transactions

Lance Lynn traded to White Sox

Tue, Dec 8th 12:21am EST
By Jon Mathisen

Lance Lynn has been traded to the Chicago White Sox for Dane Dunning and another prospect, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was an expected move as trade rumors had been swirling around Lynn, who is entering the final year of a three-year contract, since the offseason began. The 33-year-old has been excellent over his last two seasons with the Rangers, earning a 3.57 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and a 335:84 K/BB ratio over 46 starts (292 1/3 innings). The White Sox get a quality arm to pair with ace Lucas Giolito and the rebuilding Rangers get a former first-round in pick in Dunning along with another prospect.

Category: Transactions

The Texas Rangers declined the team option on Corey Kluber, as the veteran right-hander will enter free agency. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is not out of the picture for the Rangers to re-sign Kluber to a team friendly deal, but the righty also has ties to the New York Yankees. Kluber only pitched a single inning this year, but boasts a 3.16 career ERA.

Category: Transactions

Shin-Soo Choo suffered a mild ankle sprain in a collision in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Astros. (Source: John Blake on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Choo just reached the end of his large contract with the Rangers, and he isn't sure if he will retire. He finished 2020 with a .229 average, five homers, 13 runs, 15 RBI, and six steals in only 32 games. He is still capable of being an asset in deeper leagues if he chooses to continue playing.

Category: Injury Updates

In Sunday's 8-4 win against the Astros, Leodys Taveras stole two bases. He went 2-for-5 with one run, two RBI, two steals, and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: On the season, Taveras finished with four home runs, 20 runs, six RBI, and eight steals with a .227 batting average. He spent the majority of the season in the leadoff role. Monitor the news and notes coming into the 2021 season because Taveras could be a nice source of runs and steals if he improves his on-base skills.

Category: Game Recaps

In Sunday's 8-4 win against the Astros, Rougned Odor hit two home runs. He went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs, four RBI, one walk, and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Odor crushed those two home runs with an exit velocity of 107.9 mph and 101.2 mph. He finished the 2020 season with ten home runs, 15 runs, 30 RBI, and a .167 batting average. Think twice before drafting Odor coming into the 2021 season.

Category: Game Recaps

In Sunday's 8-4 win, Jordan Lyles tossed three innings while allowing four hits, two earned runs, two walks, and four strikeouts. He didn't factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Lyles had a rough 2020 season with a 7.02 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, and 36 strikeouts in 57.2 innings. He only logged one quality start on the season.

Category: Game Recaps

In Saturday's 6-1 win against the Astros, Jeff Mathis hit a three-run home run off of Brandon Bielak. He went 1-for-4 with one home run, one run, three RBI, and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: On the season, Mathis has three home runs, six runs, nine RBI, and one steal with a .161 batting average. He isn't fantasy relevant.

Category: Game Recaps

In Saturday's 6-1 win against the Astros, Nick Solak stole his seventh base. He went 3-for-3 with one RBI, one walk, and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: Solak continues to produce in 2020 as many fans and analysts hoped he would. He raised his batting average to .267 with two home runs, 26 runs, 23 RBI, and seven steals. With the added positional eligibility entering 2021, Solak should be a priority in fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps

Kyle Gibson threw six shutout innings in Saturday's 6-1 win against the Astros. He allowed six hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: This is the Gibson roller coaster ride after giving up seven earned runs last start and then a complete game shutout two starts ago. He'll be an unreliable streaming pitcher coming into 2021.

Category: Game Recaps

In the 10th inning, Brett Martin recorded the win against the Astros. He threw one inning and allowed one hit and one unearned run.

Fantasy Impact: Martin initially allowed the potential game-winning run. However, the Rangers rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning and thus Martin received the win. He isn't fantasy relevant.

Category: Game Recaps