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Top Kole Calhoun News

  • Mariners' Kole Calhoun: Playing first base Saturday

    Calhoun is playing first base and hitting sixth for Saturday's Cactus League contest against the Guardians, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.

    As Brock notes, Calhoun has not played first base in an MLB game since 2015 when he was with the Angels. The veteran outfielder is trying to win a spot on the Seattle bench after signing as a non-roster invitee this winter, and the ability to play multiple positions would go a long way toward achieving that goal.

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  • Mariners' Kole Calhoun: Inks minors deal with Seattle

    Calhoun signed a minor-league contract Thursday with the Mariners, Shannon Drayer of Seattle Sports 710 AM reports.

    Calhoun is already at camp in Arizona and will try to win a spot on the Mariners' Opening Day roster. But the 35-year-old faces an uphill battle in that regard after slashing just .196/.257/.330 over 424 plate appearances with the Rangers in 2022. Texas declined a $5.5 million club option on him back in November.

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  • Kole Calhoun: Enters free agency

    The Rangers declined to pick up Calhoun's $5.5 million club option for 2023 on Tuesday, making him a free agent.

    The decision to pass on Calhoun's option isn't much of a surprise. He slashed just .196/.257/.330 over 424 plate appearances in 2022 -- by far the worst line of his career. It's unclear whether retirement is on the mind of the 35-year-old outfielder, but he will likely serve as a depth piece for his new team if he does continue playing.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Makes contribution off bench

    Calhoun hit an RBI single and stole a base in Thursday's 10-9 extra-innings loss to the Mariners.

    Calhoun pinch hit for Mark Mathias in the 10th inning and briefly put the Rangers ahead 8-7. The RBI single was Calhoun's first hit since Sept. 12, a slump which has seen him lose hold of an everyday role on a team far out of contention. The outfielder now has a .201/.261/.338 slash line with 12 home runs, three steals, 48 RBI and 36 runs scored through 120 contests in 2022.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Dwindling opportunities

    Calhoun went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Guardians.

    Calhoun's playing time has dried up, and Saturday's plate appearance was just his eighth over the last 12 games. He's made two starts during that stretch and was removed for a pinch hitter in both. The Rangers have prioritized the development of Leody Taveras, Bubba Thompson and Josh Smith instead.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Fades into reserve role

    Calhoun is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins.

    The lefty-hitting Calhoun's absence from the lineup against Marlins southpaw Trevor Rogers isn't surprising, but Calhoun also sat out the final two games of the Rangers' series with the Blue Jays over the weekend, when Toronto brought a pair of right-handed starters to the hill. With Calhoun having produced a measly .416 OPS since the All-Star break, he appears to have moved into a reserve role while the Rangers give youngster Josh Smith a look in their everyday lineup.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Not starting Saturday

    Calhoun isn't in the lineup Saturday against Toronto.

    Calhoun started the last two games and went 1-for-8 with an RBI and four strikeouts. Adolis Garcia will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup Saturday.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Benched against lefty

    Calhoun is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros.

    Calhoun, a left-handed hitter, currently holds a better OPS against left-handed pitchers this season (.662) than he does when facing righties (.605). Nonetheless, the Rangers will continue to play the matchups. Mark Mathias will fill in as the Rangers' designated hitter and bat fifth against Framber Valdez.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: On bench against lefty

    Calhoun is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox.

    The lefty-hitting Calhoun is on the bench for the fourth time in six games, with each absence coming against a left-handed starting pitcher. The righty-hitting Bubba Thompson will once again spell Calhoun in left field.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Sits against another lefty

    Calhoun is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros.

    Calhoun will sit for the fourth time in five games, but on three of those occasions, he's been absent from the lineup versus left-handed pitching. With southpaw Framber Valdez on the hill for Houston, the lefty-hitting Calhoun will give way in left field to the righty-hitting Bubba Thompson, who should continue to hold down the short side of a platoon.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Homers in return

    Calhoun started in left field and went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Tigers.

    Calhoun's two-run shot was part of a furious late game rally that cut a nine-run deficit to one run. This was his first start in four games, as the Rangers are giving Bubba Thompson a long look in left field. Calhoun should receive spotty playing time for the remainder of the season, before the Rangers likely let him walk in free agency.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Remains on bench

    Calhoun will sit for the third straight game Saturday against the Tigers.

    It's possible the Rangers are prioritizing giving at-bats to younger players down the stretch in the lost season, though the last two of Calhoun's absences have come against lefties like Saturday's starter Eduardo Rodriguez, so it's too early to say that the veteran has been benched. Whatever the reason, it will be Bubba Thompson who starts in left field on this occasion.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Breather Friday

    Calhoun is not in the starting lineup Friday versus the Tigers.

    Calhoun will sit for the second straight game after taking a seat in Wednesday's contest versus the Rockies as well. Bubba Thompson will start in left field and bat ninth against Detroit.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Not in Wednesday's lineup

    Calhoun isn't starting Wednesday against the Rockies.

    Calhoun started the last three games but went just 1-for-10 with a walk and four strikeouts. He'll get a breather while Bubba Thompson starts in left field and bats ninth.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Singles in return

    Calhoun (heel) went 1-for-4 in a 7-0 win Sunday in Minnesota.

    Calhoun hit seventh and played left field in his first game since Aug. 2. The 34-year-old singled in the ninth and was removed for a pinch runner. Before the injury, he was amid a long slump, hitting just .162/.226/.274 with four homers and 67 strikeouts in his previous 52 games. With the Rangers out of playoff contention and youngsters Bubba Thompson and Leody Taveras getting regular playing time, Calhoun may end up on the bench more frequently down the stretch than he was earlier in the year.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Activated, starting Sunday

    The Rangers activated Calhoun (heel) from the 10-day injured list Sunday. He'll start in left field and bat seventh in the Rangers' series finale in Minnesota.

    Following a two-and-a-half-week stint on the IL, Calhoun was cleared to rejoin the Rangers after completing a three-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock. Utility man Josh Smith was sent to Round Rock to clear room on the active roster for Calhoun, who is likely to step back into a large-side platoon role in the Rangers' corner outfield.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Beginning rehab assignment

    Calhoun (heel) will report to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday to begin a rehab assignment.

    Though Calhoun hadn't resumed baseball activities as of Friday, he's evidently made substantial progress in the last few days, given that he's advanced to a minor-league rehab assignment. Assuming his right heel doesn't cause him any problems while playing for Round Rock, he could be cleared to return from the injured list as soon as this weekend.

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  • Rangers' Kole Calhoun: Out longer than expected

    Calhoun (heel) has yet to begin significant baseball activities and won't be activated any time soon, Joseph Hoyt of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Calhoun's right heel irritation originally looked like it would require merely a minimum-length absence, which would leave him eligible to return Saturday, but that won't be happening. Manager Chris Woodward called the issue a "weird injury" and said the Rangers don't really know when Calhoun will return, so the veteran outfielder could be stuck in limbo for some time.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Tempe, AZ
Age: 35
School: Arizona State
Experience: 9
Bats/Throws: L, L