The 2014 Texas Rangers: Where are they now?

Chris Giles
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 20: Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers prepares to take on the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 20, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 20: Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers prepares to take on the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 20, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Where are they now: 2014 Texas Rangers Bullpen

Joakim Soria was in his 2nd season in Texas in 2014.  Soria made 35 relief appearances as the closer for the Rangers.  In 33.1 innings, Soria had a record of 1-3, with a 2.70 ERA, and 17 SV.  Soria was traded to Detroit prior to the trade deadline.  During the next seven seasons, Soria pitched for eight different teams.  At 37, after the 2021 season, Soria announced his retirement.

Shawn Tolleson was in the 1st of three seasons in Texas.  Tolleson pitched 71.2 innings in 64 relief appearances.  Tolleson had a 3-1 record with a 2.76 ERA.  Tolleson pitched two more seasons in Texas as the closer.  He became a free agent after the 2016 season and made several unseccessful attempts at comebacks from Tommy John surgery.  Tolleson formally announced his retirement before the start of Spring Training in 2019.

Neal Cotts was in his 2nd season in Texas in 2014.  In 73 relief appearances, Cotts pitched 66.2 innings, had a 2-9 record, a 4.32 ERA, and two saves.  Cotts split the following season between Milwaukee and Minnesota and pitched his last MLB game in 2015.

Roman Mendez was a rookie in 2014.  In 30 relief appearances for the Texas Rangers, Mendez pitched 33.0 innings, had a 0-1 record, and a 2.18 ERA.  Mendez split the 2015 season between Texas and Boston.  Mendez pitched the entire 2016 season in AAA before electing free agency at the end of the season.  Mendez had an unsuccessful 2017 season in Japan, spent the 2018 season in AA with the Washington Nationals affiliate, then went to play the 2019 season in Mexico.  Mendez is currently a free agent.

Jason Frasor was in his 2nd season in Texas in 2014.  In 38 relief appearances, Frasor pitched 29.2 innings, had a 1-1 record, and a 3.34 ERA.  Fransor was traded to Kansas City prior to the trade deadline.  Frasor split the 2015 season between Kansas City and Atlanta, and  finished his MLB career after the 2015 season.

Neftali Feliz returned to full-time duty with Texas in 2014.  The Rangers were careful with him as he only made 30 relief appearances.  In 31.2 innings, Feliz had a 2-1 record, a 1.99 ERA, and 13 SV.  Feliz would pitch part of one more season in Texas before being released.  Since his release from the Rangers in 2015, Feliz has pitched for six different teams and is currently a free agent.

Alexi Ogando was in his 5th and final season with the Rangers in 2014.  Ogando pitched 27 games in relief for Texas.  In 25.0 Innings, Ogando had a 2-3 record, 6.84 ERA, and one save.  Ogando pitched three more seasons of MLB with three teams, before playing his last MLB game with Cleveland in 2018.

Aaron Poreda was in his first season in Texas which was also the last of his MLB career.  In 26 relief appearances, Poreda pitched 21.1 innings, had a record of 2-1, and a 5.91 ERA.  Poreda pitched two seasons in Japan before arm injuries forced him to retire from professional baseball in 2016.

Phil Klein was a rookie pitcher in 2014.  In 17 appearances, Klein pitched 19.0 innings, had a 1-2 record with a 2.84 ERA.  Klein pitched parts of two more seasons with Texas before placed on waivers and selected by Philadelphia.  Klein pitched four games with the Phillies before he was released in December 2016.  Klein pitched the 2017 season in Japan and became a free agent.

Alex Claudio was also a rookie with Texas in 2014.  In 15 relief appearances, Claudio finished 12.1 innings, had a 0-0 record, and a 2.92 ERA.  Claudio pitched four more seasons in Texas before he was traded to Milwaukee after the 2018 season.  Claudio pitched two seasons in Milwaukee and the 2021 season for the Los Angeles Angels.   In January, Claudio signed a free agent contract to pitch the 2022 season with the New York Mets.

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