Rangers reportedly still interested in Mike Lowell

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According to Jim Reeves of ESPNDallas.com the Rangers are “scouring other camps to try to find that right-handed hitting role player … to fill the role of backup first baseman/third baseman” and “keep coming back to” Mike Lowell.
Reeves quotes a “club source” as saying that the Rangers “believe they can still basically get Lowell for the player they were willing to give up over the winter, Max Ramirez.” The deal that would have sent Lowell and $9 million from Boston to Texas for Ramirez was nixed when a pre-trade physical exam revealed that he needed thumb surgery.
Lowell also has hip problems and is currently sidelined by a bruised knee, so the Rangers are also said to be monitoring veterans like Kevin Millar, Fernando Tatis, and Wes Helms for the same backup/platoon job. At the time of the initial trade they hadn’t yet signed Vladimir Guerrero, so Lowell likely would have been in line for a more prominent role.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.