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1988 Texas Rangers

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1987 / 1989

70-91, Finished 6th in AL West (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Bobby Valentine (70-91)
GM: Tom Grieve, Scouting Dir: Sandy Johnson
Scored 637 runs, Allowed 735 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 70-91

Ballparks: Arlington Stadium · Attendance: 1,581,901 (11th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 102, Pitching - 102 · one-year: Batting - 102, Pitching - 103

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1987 / 1989 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from October 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 13, 1987

Traded Dave Owen to the Kansas City Royals. Received a player to be named later. The Kansas City Royals sent Rufus Ellis (minors) (October 13, 1987) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.

October 15, 1987

Nick Capra granted Free Agency.

Keith Creel granted Free Agency.

Ed Jurak granted Free Agency.

Dave Rucker granted Free Agency.

Released Steve Kemp.

October 23, 1987

Signed Jim Steels as a free agent.

October 31, 1987

Signed Dave Sax as a free agent.

Signed Dallas Williams as a free agent.

November 2, 1987

Traded Don Slaught to the New York Yankees. Received a player to be named later. The New York Yankees sent Brad Arnsberg (November 10, 1987) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.

November 9, 1987

Tom Paciorek granted Free Agency.

November 12, 1987

Signed DeWayne Vaughn as a free agent.

Signed Jose Oliva as an amateur free agent.

December 1, 1987

Signed Tony Fossas as a free agent.

December 8, 1987

Signed Craig McMurtry as a free agent.

December 12, 1987

Traded Tom Duggan (minors) and Kirk Killingsworth (minors) to the Oakland Athletics. Received Jose Tolentino.

December 13, 1987

Signed Barbaro Garbey as a free agent.

December 21, 1987

Released Greg Harris.

Released Darrell Porter.

December 23, 1987

Traded Javier Ortiz to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Scott May.

January 19, 1988

Signed Steve Kemp as a free agent.

Released Steve Howe.

February 2, 1988

Signed Ed Vande Berg as a free agent.

Released Larry McWilliams.

March 17, 1988

Traded Dave Meier and Greg Tabor to the Chicago Cubs. Received Ray Hayward.

March 25, 1988

Traded Mike Loynd to the Houston Astros. Received Robbie Wine.

March 29, 1988

Released Ed Vande Berg.

April 4, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Guy Hoffman as a free agent.

April 6, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Dave Sax to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Billie Merrifield (minors).

April 8, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Ed Vande Berg as a free agent.

May 17, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Tito Landrum as a free agent.

May 25, 1988 (Standings)

Released Steve Kemp.

June 1, 1988 (Standings)

Drafted Monty Fariss in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 1988 amateur draft.

Drafted Darren Oliver in the 3rd round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 2, 1988.

Drafted Rob Maurer in the 6th round of the 1988 amateur draft.

Drafted Jeff Frye in the 30th round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 8, 1988.

Drafted Tom Urbani in the 34th round of the 1988 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Shannon Penn in the 58th round of the 1988 amateur draft.

June 9, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Steve Kemp as a free agent.

June 13, 1988 (Standings)

Released Jose Tolentino.

June 20, 1988 (Standings)

Sold Kevin Mmahat to the New York Yankees.

July 9, 1988 (Standings)

Released Larry Parrish.

July 21, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Jim Sundberg as a free agent.

July 27, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Ivan Rodriguez as an amateur free agent.

August 30, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Dale Mohorcic to the New York Yankees. Received Cecilio Guante.

September 1, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Tom O'Malley to the Montreal Expos. Received a player to be named later. The Montreal Expos sent Jack Daugherty (September 13, 1988) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.

October 11, 1988 (Standings)

Released Guy Hoffman.

October 15, 1988 (Standings)

Tony Fossas granted Free Agency.

Tito Landrum granted Free Agency.

Larry See granted Free Agency.

Jim Steels granted Free Agency.

DeWayne Vaughn granted Free Agency.

October 22, 1988

Billy Taylor granted Free Agency.

November 4, 1988

Scott Fletcher granted Free Agency.

Cecilio Guante granted Free Agency.

Jim Sundberg granted Free Agency.

Ed Vande Berg granted Free Agency.

November 10, 1988

Signed Paul Wilmet as a free agent.

November 30, 1988

Signed Scott Fletcher as a free agent.

December 5, 1988

Drafted Darrel Akerfelds from the Cleveland Indians in the 1988 rule 5 draft.

Efrain Valdez drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1988 rule 5 draft.

Traded Bob Brower to the New York Yankees. Received Bob Meacham.

Traded Luis Benitez (minors), Pablo Delgado (minors), Paul Kilgus, Curt Wilkerson, Mitch Williams and Steve Wilson to the Chicago Cubs. Received Drew Hall, Jamie Moyer and Rafael Palmeiro.

December 6, 1988

Traded Jerry Browne, Oddibe McDowell and Pete O'Brien to the Cleveland Indians. Received Julio Franco.

December 7, 1988

Signed Nolan Ryan as a free agent.

December 19, 1988

Traded Scott Anderson to the Montreal Expos. Received Mike Berger (minors).

December 21, 1988

Signed Ed Vande Berg as a free agent.

January 6, 1989

Signed Cecilio Guante as a free agent.

Signed Jim Sundberg as a free agent.

January 9, 1989

Signed Buddy Bell as a free agent.

January 23, 1989

Signed Rick Leach as a free agent.

February 25, 1989

Signed Jeff Stone as a free agent.

March 30, 1989

Traded Dwayne Henry to the Atlanta Braves. Received Dave Miller (minors) and cash.

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