ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will honor Triple-A manager Bobby Jones and longtime scout Don Welke at the Dr. Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Show on Jan. 12 at the Arlington Convention Center.Both will be the recipients of annual awards that are named in their honor: The Bobby Jones Player Development Man of the Year Award and the Don Welke Scout of the Year Award. Jones is entering his 25th season as a manager or coach in the Rangers organization. He was the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2011 while leading Round Rock to an 87-57 record and a first-place finish. It was the 12th time Jones has led a team to the playoffs, and he recorded his 1,500th win in the process. His Minor League managerial career began in 1988 at Class A Port Charlotte, but he was originally drafted as a player by the Washington Senators in 1967. He also served in Vietnam. Welke has spent 47 years in baseball as a scout with the Reds, Royals, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Orioles, Phillies and Rangers. He worked for the Rangers in 2005 and again since '07 after spending a year with the Phillies. He has been one of general manager Jon Daniels' closest advisors in putting together consecutive American League pennant-winning teams. Other honorees at the inaugural show include Michael Young (Player of the Year), C.J. Wilson (Pitcher of the Year), Craig Gentry (Rookie of the Year) and David Murphy, who will receive the Harold McKinney Good Guy Award. Darren Oliver will receive the Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award, Frank Howard will receive the Mark Holtz Alumni Award and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will receive the Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year Award. Adrian Beltre will also officially receive his Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. CT and the show begins at 7:30 at the Convention Center. Tickets are $75 for reserved seating, $50 for general admission and can be purchased at texasrangers.com.
Texas trades for Snyder, re-signs Nelson
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers acquired infielder Brandon Snyder from the Orioles for cash considerations on Tuesday. He is primarily a first baseman, but the right-handed hitter can also play third and catcher. He was selected as a catcher as the 13th overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.Snyder played 16 games with the Orioles over the past two seasons and is 9-for-33 (.273) with no home runs and four RBIs. He played 114 games at Triple-A Norfolk last season and hit .261 with 21 doubles, 14 home runs and 71 RBIs in 114 games. He has a career Minor League on-base percentage of .332 and a .432 slugging percentage. The Rangers now have 38 players on their 40-man roster. Texas also re-signed left-handed-hitting first baseman Brad Nelson to a Minor League contract. He will be assigned to Minor League camp.
Nelson spent last season at Triple-A Round Rock and batted .281 with 28 doubles, 24 home runs and 83 RBIs in 121 games. He played 28 games in the Majors with the Brewers from 2008-09.
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