Rangers not expected to make a panic trade following Yu Darvish news

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The Rangers got some terrible news on Saturday morning, learning that ace Yu Darvish was diagnosed with a UCL sprain in his right elbow, which could ultimately result in Tommy John surgery. Though the Rangers had been linked to the Mets’ Dillon Gee and the Phillies’ Cole Hamels during the off-season, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that they’ll look for rotation replacements in-house first.

This means Ross Detwiler, Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez, Anthony Ranaudo, and Lisalverto Bonilla will all showcase their skills for spots at the back of the Rangers’ rotation this spring. Yovani Gallardo and Colby Lewis, who have each had terrible starts to the spring, appear to be the only locks in the rotation at this point. Derek Holland is dealing with shoulder soreness which has kept him from an intrasquad game and pushed back his scheduled bullpens, so he’ll be a bit behind his rotation mates in terms of spring progress.

If the Rangers were to talk to the Phillies about Hamels, any trade proposal would likely have to include 21-year-old catching prospect Jorge Alfaro.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).