State of the Texas Rangers’ 2022 40-man roster at the MLB Lockout

Chris Giles
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 07: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium on March 07, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 07: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium on March 07, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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State of the Texas Rangers’ 40-man roster: Relief Pitchers

The health within the relief pitchers is the biggest question mark within the 40-man roster.  Jose Leclerc and Jonathan Hernandez missed all of last year and will not be ready to pitch in the majors until June or July.  Barring any other injuries, there are eight relievers set to hold the bullpen together until Leclerc and Hernandez can return.

Joe Barlow pitched in 31 games, all in relief, for the Rangers last year.  In 2021, Barlow posted a record of 0-2 and a 1.55 ERA and 11 SV in 12 opportunities.  Barlow is under team control until at least 2028 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

Brett Martin pitched in 66 games, all in relief, for the Rangers last year.  In 2021, Martin posted a record of 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA.  Martin will earn $1.1M in 2022.  Martin is under team control until after the 2025 season.

John King pitched in 27 games, all in relief, for the Rangers last year.  In 2021, King posted a record of 7-5 and a 3.52 ERA.  King is under team control until at least 2028 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

Spencer Patton pitched in 42 games, all in relief, for the Rangers last year.  In 2021, Patton posted a record of 2-2 and a 3.83 ERA.  Patton is under team control until after the 2026 season and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

Josh Sborz pitched in 63 games, all in relief, for the Rangers last year.  In 2021, Sborz posted a record of 4-3 and a 3.97 ERA and 1 SV in 4 opportunities.  Sborz is under team control until at least 2028 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

Dennis Santana pitched in 55 games, all in relief, for the Rangers last year.  In 2021, Santana posted a record of 2-4 and a 4.28 ERA.  Santana is under team control until at least 2028 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

Nick Snyder pitched in 4 games, all in relief, for the Rangers last year.  In 2021, Snyder posted a record of 0-0 and a 4.91 ERA.  Snyder is under team control until at least 2028 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

Demarcus Evans pitched in 25 games, all in relief, for the Rangers last year.  In 2021, Evans posted a record of 0-2 and a 5.13 ERA.  Evans is under team control until at least 2028 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

Jose Leclerc missed most of 2020 and all of 2021 due to shoulder and elbow injuries.  Leclerc should be ready to pitch by mid-season in 2022.  Leclerc will earn $5.25M in 2022 and has two club options remaining ($6.0M and $6.25M) before he can file for free agency after the 2024 season.

Jonathan Hernandez missed all of 2021 after requiring Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.  He should be ready to pitch by mid-season in 2022.  In 2020, Hernandez pitched in 27 games, all in relief, for the Rangers.  Hernandez had a record of 5-1 and a 2.90 ERA.  Hernandez is under team control until after the 2025 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

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