During the month of February, I am going to be posting a series called “Where are they now?”. In this series, the rosters for select Texas Rangers teams will be investigated. In the first installment, players from the 2012 team will be examined. (All stats used were extracted from baseball-reference.com)
After losing the 2010 and 2011 World Series Championships, the Texas Rangers looked at 2012 as a chance to try and make it three years in a row playing for the coveted prize. The team finished with a record of 93-69, good for 2nd in the AL West Division. The Rangers played the Baltimore Orioles in a one game Wild Card game to see who would advance to play the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The Texas Rangers lost 5-1, with Yu Darvish taking the loss.
Where are they now: 2012 Texas Rangers Starting Pitchers
Matt Harrison was in his 5th season with the Rangers in 2012. Harrison represented the Rangers in the All-Star game. Harrison led Rangers pitchers in innings pitched with 213.1 in 32 starts. He compiled a record of 18-11 and had a 3.29 ERA. Harrison pitched parts of three more seasons for the Rangers before being traded in July 2015 in the deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that brought Cole Hamels to Texas. Harrison was injured at the time of the trade and did not pitch again in MLB. He was released by the Phillies in November 2016.
Yu Darvish was a rookie starting pitcher in 2012. He also represented Texas in the All-Star game. Darvish compiled 191.1 innings in 29 starts, and went 16-9 with a 2.83 ERA. Darvish would pitch parts of four more seasons in Texas before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July 2017. Darvish has also pitched for the Chicago Cubs and is a current member of the San Diego Padres.
Derek Holland was in his 4th season with the Rangers in 2012. Holland finished 175.1 innings in 27 starts, and had a record of 12-7 with a 4.67 ERA. Holland would pitch four more seasons with Texas before being granted free agency and signing with the Chicago White Sox in December 2016. Holland has also pitched for San Francisco, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. Holland is currently a free agent.
Scott Feldman was in his 8th and final season in Texas. Feldman compiled 123.2 innings in 21 starts, and had a 6-11 record with a 5.09 ERA. Feldman would play five more seasons in MLB with five different organizations before playing his final MLB game in 2017.
In 2012, Colby Lewis was in the third year of his second tour in Texas. Lewis completed 105.0 innings in 16 starts and had a 6-6 record with a 3.43 ERA. Lewis would go on to pitch three more years in Texas before pitching his final MLB game in 2016.
Ryan Dempster was traded to Texas by the Chicago Cubs at the 2012 trade deadline. He pitched 69.0 innings in 12 starts for Texas during the second half of the season, earning a 7-3 record and a 5.09 ERA. At the end of the season, Dempster was granted free agency. Dempster pitched his final season of MLB with Boston in 2013.
Roy Oswalt signed a free agent contract with Texas on May 29, 2012. Oswalt pitched 59.0 innings in nine starts and 17 games with the Rangers. He had a record of 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA. Oswalt was granted free agency and pitched in nine games with Colorado in 2013 before calling it a career.
Neftali Feliz began the 2012 season in the starting rotation. Feliz pitched 42.2 innings in seven starts and eight games before being sidelined with an arm injury that derailed him for most of the next two years. Feliz had a record of 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA. Feliz would pitch parts of three more seasons in Texas. Since his release from the Rangers in 2015, Feliz has pitched for six different teams and is currently a free agent.
Martin Perez was a rookie pitcher in 2012. Perez pitched in 12 games including six starts for the Rangers. In 38.0 innings, Perez had a 1-4 record and a 5.45 ERA. Perez pitched six more seasons for Texas before he was granted free agency after the 2018 season. Perez pitched one season in Minnesota and the last two seasons in Boston. Perez is currently a free agent.