Rangers complete roster culling with trade of recently DFA'd reliever

Texas was probably hoping this reliever would make it through waivers and go back to the minors, but it was just not meant to be.
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With all of the roster moves that the Texas Rangers have been forced to make lately, there were eventually going to be roster casualties. The guys that Texas has brought in solely to fill space while their players get healthy were going to include some that were going to be seeking employment elsewhere soon.

One such player is reliever Shaun Anderson, who the Rangers designated for assignment last weekend in the move to bring up Gershon Garabito.

Unfortunately, Anderson did not clear waivers as the Marlins made a claim on him, and the two teams worked out a trade to send Anderson to Miami.

Rangers News: Texas trades Shaun Anderson to Marlins in wake of recent DFA

While Anderson's story of playing over in Korea to increase his stock and making his way back to MLB is inspiring, baseball is a results-oriented business and his just haven't been there. Anderson hasn't been able to put together even a decent season in the big leagues since 2020 and his two appearances with Texas in 2024 weren't anywhere close to impressive enough to warrant carrying him on the active roster.

In an ideal world, he would have cleared waivers and the Rangers would have been afforded the opportunity to keep him in the minors as a depth piece in case something happened which, with the Rangers' record this year, seems extremely likely to happen. Unfortunately, this is the fate of a lot of minor league signings of guys without options like Anderson. They get one shot and if they don't establish value immediately, they just get churned out and have to catch on somewhere else.

Hopefully he can find a role with a Marlins team that doesn't have the same pressure to win right now like Texas does. They clearly see something that they like in Anderson and everyone should be rooting for him to find success in Miami.

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