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Tobin Shows Explosive Stuff When Healthy

Jeff Wilson -Premium Content

The Rangers arrived at the Winter Meetings with 39 spots taken on their 40-man roster, and departed Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort with it all filled up. But the addition wasn't Cliff Lee or Zack Greinke or Vladimir Guerrero. It was Mason Tobin, who hasn't pitched since 2009 or above Class A. But the Rangers liked him enough to ask the Cubs to select him for them in the Rule 5 draft.

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Ranger’ Profar Continues To Make A Good Impression

Jeff Wilson -Premium Content

While the Rangers' scouting department and front office can hang their hat on an American League pennant, they can also boast about the jewel of their 2009 class of Latin prospects. Shortstop Jurickson Profar topped general manager Jon Daniels' list of instructional league stars this fall. Still four months away from his 18th birthday, Profar already has an extra gear that most prospects don't have.

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Rangers Deal Saltalamacchia To Red Sox

Evan Grant -Premium Content

As the Rangers wheeled and dealed at the trade deadline, they included only one surprising name in the group of prospects shipped off: Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Rangers dealt Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox for three minor leaguers and about $350,000 before the deadline. The trade created a spot on the 40-man roster for newly acquired infielder Cristian Guzman.

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Neftali Feliz Is Now The Rangers’ Closer

Evan Grant -Premium Content

The Rangers' top prospect is now the Rangers' top reliever. Righthander Neftali Feliz, who has spent the last two seasons as the club's top-ranked prospect, according to Baseball America, was moved into the closer's role before the first week of the season. Feliz, who turns 22 on May 4, was moved into the role after right-hander Frank Francisco suffered blown saves in consecutive outings.

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Frustrating Fracture

Evan Grant -Premium Content

The long road back from labrum surgery is bumpy enough, but when you throw in a fractured bone in the wrist, it gets even tougher. While the rest of his teammates are packing up to leave spring training, Rangers 2004 first-round pick Eric Hurley is still trying to get his recovery back on track. Hurley, who hasn't pitched since July 27, 2008, looked to be about a month behind pitchers at the start of spring training, but a month in, it was discovered that Hurley had a fractured scaphoid bone in his left (non-pitching) wrist.

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Scheppers On A Fast Track For Rangers

Evan Grant -Premium Content

The 2009 pitching draft pick on everybody's mind this season is Washington's Stephen Strasburg. Sure, that's following the trend. But for trendsetters, it would be wise to keep an eye on Rangers righthander Tanner Scheppers. It's entirely possible Scheppers could beat Strasburg to the majors. The Rangers are hoping he's a second-half option for the pitching staff. The second half of 2010.

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Rangers Pitchers Looking For Second Chance

Evan Grant -Premium Content

Once nothing more than a Quixotic quest, it appears the five years the Rangers spent trying to clear the names of pitching prospects Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando is about to pay off with U.S. entry papers. Rangers officials have been told that the pair, who have been banned from the U.S. since 2005 for their part in facilitating a Dominican Republic-based human trafficking ring with sham weddings, will be given waivers to enter the U.S. for the 2010 season.

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Shuffling The Deck

Evan Grant -Premium Content

For the second time this decade, the Rangers have consolidated their pro and amateur scouting departments under the direction of one man. The Rangers will hand the reins to A.J. Preller, who has overseen the international scouting effort and the pro scouting department since Jon Daniels took over as general manager following the 2005 season.

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