Texas Rangers unconditional release Jim Adduci


The Texas Rangers officially parted ways with Jim Adduci today after designated him for assignment last Thursday.  They announced to day his unconditional release, which allowed him to play ball in Japan next season.

Adduci was signed by the Texas Rangers in November 2012 as a free agent after being released by the Chicago Cubs.  Over his short 2 years with the Rangers he’d had several good stretches where he hit well and made some amazing plays.  Watch below one of the amazing catches he made while crashing into the wall.

Video: 07/30/14 Must C: Catch
Jim Adduci races into foul territory and makes an incredible leaping catch while crashing into the wall

In 2013 Jim Adduci had a batting line of over .258/.324/.290/.614 with 1 double and 2 stolen bases over 17 games/31 at-bats.  His batting line decreased to a dismal .168/.239/.228 /.467 with one home run and 8 RBI over 44 games/114 at-bats.

Video: 08/09/14 Adduci’s two-run shot
Jim Adduci sends a home run to right field, his first of the season, scoring Daniel Robertson to put the Rangers on the board

Adduci’s decreased production was largely because he was yet another Rangers who was bit hard by the injury bug.  He injured his finger back in June, which required two screws to be placed in his pinky finger.  He was supposed to be our 3-4 weeks, but he ended up re-injuring the finger pushing his return back to after the All-Star break.

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Video: Adduci’s catch and tumble
Jim Adduci chases down a fly ball in foul territory and holds on for the out as he tumbles over teammate Rougned Odor

Adduci missed about a month after his short stint on the concussion disabled list.  When Adduci was healthy he normally was a good ball player, but this season he was victim of the injury bug that just about bit everyone.  Hopefully he’ll find success in Japan return the majors soon.