Rangers GM Jon Daniels will listen to trade offers for Elvis Andrus

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The Rangers have a glut of infield depth which could push the club to make shortstop Elvis Andrus available in a trade. Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio reports that GM Jon Daniels will listen to trade offers for Andrus. Daniels added that the club’s starting pitching, catcher, and left field/DH needs would be solved best via trade than through free agency.

Andrus, 26, wasn’t very productive this past season, hitting .263/.314/.333. While he was able to steal 27 bases, he was also thrown out a league-leading 15 times for an unimpressive 64 percent success rate. The shortstop is signed through 2022 after signing an eight-year, $120 million contract extension in April 2013.

Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name

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The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.

Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.

As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.

Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.

The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”