The trade deadline is over, but the Texas Rangers continue to make moves. The team bolsters their bullpen adding a reliever on Thursday, how will this impact the team?
One of the biggest problems for the Texas Rangers this season has been the lack of consistency from the bullpen. The team has tried different options, but it’s difficult to find significant help after the deadline passes.
On Thursday the Rangers claimed reliever Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 28-year-old reliever was designated for assignment last Saturday, and now Texas will recieve him on waivers.
It’s been an interesting season for Marinez who made the Brewers Opening Day roster. He was designated for assignment by Milwaukee after 15 appearances and posting 5.40 ERA and allowing 10 earned runs.
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He was claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh and did much better in a Pirates uniform. In 24 appearances Marinez went 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and struck out 26 batters. This season Marinez is 0-3 with a 3.91 ERA in 39 appearances between both organizations.
Despite some success in Pittsburgh, Marinez was the odd man out when the team acquired reliever George Kontos. Through parts of four MLB seasons Marinez is 1-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 91 appearances.
The Rangers will now have to make a corresponding move before Friday’s game against the Astros. The team has Thursday off, but will need to send down someone from the active roster for Marinez.
Adding Marinez to the Texas bullpen won’t turn them into an elite pen. It does give the Rangers more options, and he could find a home in the back-end of the bullpen. In the end of the day the Rangers gave up nothing in this deal, so it’s a win for Texas.