The 2016 Texas Rangers: Where are they now?

Chris Giles
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 03: Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers looks on before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 3, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles won 3-2. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 03: Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers looks on before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 3, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles won 3-2. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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Where are they now: 2016 Texas Rangers bullpen

Sam Dyson was in his 2nd season with Texas in 2016.  In 73 relief appearances, Dyson pitched 70.1 innings, had a record of 3-2, with a 2.43 ERA, and 38 saves.  Dyson pitched part of one more season in Texas before he was traded to San Francisco.  Dyson pitched parts of three seasons with the Giants and was traded to Minnesota before the trade deadline in 2019.  Dyson pitched his final MLB game with the Twins in 2019 and is currently a free agent.

At age 30, Matt Bush was a rookie with Texas in 2016.  In 58 relief appearances, Bush pitched 61.2 innings, had a record of 7-2, a 2.48 ERA, and one save.  Bush just turned 36, and he is once again healthy and will make a bid for a job in the Rangers bullpen in 2022.

Prior to signing with Texas, Tony Barnette pitched six seasons out of the bullpen for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (NPB).  At 32, Tony Barnette was in his first of three seasons in Texas in 2016.  In 53 appearances, Barnette pitched 60.1 innings, had a record of 7-3, and a 2.09 ERA.  Barnette pitched two more seasons in Texas before being granted free agency following the 2018 season.  Barnette made two relief appearance with the Chicago Cubs in 2019 before announcing his retirement in January 2019.  Barnette is currently working in baseball operations and scouting for his former team in Tokyo, Japan.

Jake Diekman was in his 2nd season with Texas in 2016.  In 66 relief appearances, Diekman pitched 53.0 innings, had a record of 4-2, a 3.40 ERA, and four saves.  Diekman pitched parts of two more seasons in Texas.  Before the trade deadline in 2018, Diekman was traded to Arizona.  After leaving Texas, Diekman has pitched for three teams including the last three seasons in Oakland.  Now 35, Diekman is currently a free agent.

Alex Claudio was pitching in his 3rd season in Texas in 2016.  In 39 relief appearances, Claudio pitched 51.2 innings, had a 4-1 record, and a 2.79 ERA.  Claudio pitched two 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.

Shawn Tolleson was in his 3rd season in Texas.  Tolleson pitched 36.1 innings in 37 relief appearances for the Rangers.  Tolleson had a 2-2 record with a 7.68 ERA, and 11 saves.  Tolleson  became a free agent after the 2016 season and made several unsuccessful attempts at comebacks from Tommy John surgery.  Tolleson formally announced his retirement before the start of Spring Training in 2019.

Keone Kela was in his 2nd season in Texas in 2016.  In 35 games, Kela pitched 34.0 innings, had a record of 5-1, with a 6.09 ERA.  Kela pitched parts of two more seasons in Texas before he was traded to Pittsburgh.  Kela pitched parts of three seasons in Pittsburgh before signing as a free agent with San Diego.  Kela was granted free agency after the 2021 season and is currently a free agent.

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