The Texas Rangers must trim the 40-man roster by Thursday if they wish to participate in the Rule-5 Draft during the MLB Winter meetings in San Diego on December 8th through December 11th. They’ll need to clear room for a few reason, one to make room to protect certain players from being plucked and also to allow them to add the draftee to the roster.
If the Rangers do draft someone from the Rule-5 draft that means they have to keep that player for the entire season or release him back to the team he was drafted from. That’s actually happened a few times in the past. Currently the Rangers roster sits at 40 players, but the Rangers are in the process of moving Aaron Poreda and Miles Miles Mikolas in a deal to sell them to a team in Japan.
- RHP Jerad Eickhoff
- OF Jared Hoying
- 2B/LF Odubel Herrera
- IF Hanser Alberto
- LHP Will Lamb
- OF Chris Garia
- RHP Cody Buckel
- C Brett Nicholas
- RHP Abel de los Santos
The Rangers hopefully won’t lose anyone, especially pitchers Eickhoff, Buckel, Lamb and catcher Nicholas. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Rangers give Nicholas a chance to catch this season, especially since he spent a full year working on the transition of going from first base to catcher last season. Although it wasn’t a tough one since he spent most of his playing time in college at catcher. Nicholas is also a very good power hitter and considers himself doubles hitter.
Both Lamb and Eickhoff did very well with the Frisco Rough Riders this season and both could be an option for the Texas Rangers this season.
The Rangers should be moving Jorge Alfaro and Luke Jackson. Both will some day be major leaguers some day with the Rangers. If you wonder why the Rangers haven’t signed a big name catcher in the past few years it has been because they have one in the system already. Alfaro is quickly proving himself and should be major league ready very soon. But, expect the Rangers to plug the hole one more year at least before calling up the young prospect.
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Not much happens in the Rule-5 draft, but last year the Rangers did pick up the Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson. He never played a single game, but he was at spring training and fans were able to buy a Russell Wilson jersey. The biggest thing for the Rangers is to not lose anyone, which seems unlikely at this point.