Texas Rangers: Bevy of roster moves foreshadows active off-season ahead
By Chris Giles
The Texas Rangers have opened up roster spots in the hope of adding free agents that can help bolster the rebuild.
With free agency expected to begin Monday, the team is ensuring they have the room to make upgrades and other maneuvers throughout the winter.
The Texas Rangers made a bevy of roster moves last week to set the stage for free agency
Roster Moves Part 1
On Thursday, pitcher Drew Anderson was released. Anderson was selected from Round Rock (AAA) at the end of August and pitched in nine games, including one start, for the Rangers. Anderson pitched in 22.0 innings and recorded a 1-1 record with a 3.27 ERA.
Roster Moves Part 2
Friday began with relief pitcher Jharel Cotton being placed on waivers. Cotton was effective out of the bullpen pitching 30.2 inning in 23 appearances. Cotton had a 2-0 record and a 3.52 ERA. The Minnesota Twins claimed Cotton off waivers.
Joe Palumbo was also placed on waivers by the Rangers. Palumbo had an injury plagued season trying to rehab in Round Rock (AAA). In six games, including two starts, Palumbo only pitched 6.2 innings for the Rough Riders. Palumbo was claimed by the San Francisco Giants.
The Rangers also assigned four players to Round Rock (AAA). Matt Bush can elect MLB free agency if he doesn’t want to report to AAA. Ronald Guzman, Anderson Tejeda, and Curtis Terry are now Minor League free agents and can sign with any other team.
The Rangers also activated seven players off of the 60-day injured list. These players had to be activated prior to the free agency period starting. Each player had to be added to the Rangers 40-man roster.
Nick Snyder and Eli White have been reinstated and should be ready for Spring Training.
Kyle Cody, Jonathan Hernandez, and Jose Leclerc have been reinstated for now but, will be added back to the 60-day injured list once the 2022 season begins next year. Each should be ready at some point after the All-Star break.
Newly acquired Edwar Colina and LHP John King were also reinstated from the 60-day injured list. They should be ready to participate in Spring Training workouts.
Texas Rangers Current Roster Situation
The Texas Rangers current roster sits at 36. The team will need to add players not on the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft in December.
The Rangers will also need roster spots for any free agents that are signed.
The 40-man roster will change dramatically prior to Spring Training. We will try to keep you updated as the craziness of the free agency signing period begins.