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Joey Butler gone

  • OF Joey Butler claimed on waivers by St. Louis Cardinals

NOTE: Well, I didn’t hate the guy, but he wasn’t one of those moves that makes you go “Noooooooooo” when he’s gone.  Hope he does well in STL

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Various Moves

  • 1B Chris McGuiness activated
  • P Wilmer Font activated
  • P Roman Mendez activated
  • P Josh Lindblom had his roster status changed

NOTE: Now that the season is over, various procedural moves were made today. That last one was odd.  “had his roster status changed”.  Huh?  What’s that all about.  Overall comment..  zzzzzzzz

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Nelson Cruz returns

  • OF Nelson Cruz activated from suspended restricted list.
  • OF Joey Butler designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES:  Since we get to play a Game 163, it means Nelson Cruz is eligible to come off the restricted list to play.   To make room on the 40 man roster for that, we had to designate Joey Butler.   Now I’m writing this a couple of days after this actually happened, so I know what happened. We lost that game.

It has to suck for Joey Butler, I suppose, losing one’s 40 man spot to make room for Nelson Cruz’ return from a steroids suspension when Cruz goes 0-4 with a strikeout, and we lose the game and the season is over.

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Ogando Back

  • P Alexi Ogando activated from DL

NOTES: Well, Ogando is back again.   Don’t hold out a lot of hope that it will go well.  He’s been spotty this year at best.  Had a few moments here and there of greatness, but has mostly been meh/hurt.

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September Callups Pt II

  • OF Engel Betre recalled from AAA
  • OF Joey Butler recalled from AAA
  • OF Ross Wolf recalled from AAA
  • OF Joe Benson outrighted to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: While this isn’t part of the initial big glut of callups on Sep 1st, we did add a few more players on Sep 3rd, that can only really be viewed as “Additional September Insurance”.  None of these guys were DEMANDING (by performance) to be with the big club.  :)

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September Callups / Moves

Well, here’s the usual gaggle of rookie callups, broken veterans who will get like two at bats all month, you know the drill.  It’s the September 1st pile of roster moves.  Here goes:

  • DH Lance Berkman activated from DL
  • P Cory Burns recalled from AAA
  • C Robinson Chirinos recalled from AAA
  • P Nick Tepesch activated from DL
  • CF Jim Adduci purchased from AAA
  • P Neftali Feliz activated from DL
  • P Michael Kirkman activated from DL
  • CF Joe Benson designated for assignment
  • P Justin Miller released [ Link ]

NOTES:  Quite a few guys coming off the DL in this group.  Nothing really a surprise. Extra catcher as a backup, some extra bullpen help.   Feliz finally takes the field in 2013…  The biggest surprise was the purchasing of Jim Adduci.   He’s 28, and has been bouncing around the minors for awhile.  Be nice to see the kid get a shot. Hopefully he can turn it into more than just a September callup and done.

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Ortiz Back

  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz recalled from AAA
  • P Ross Wolf optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Yawn.

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Several Small Moves

There were several small moves over a few days, I was going to lump together into one post here.   None require a huge amount of commentary, IMO.  :)

  • SS Brendan Harris signed for the rest of 2013, assigned to AAA (Aug 21)
  • P Neil Ramirez traded to Chicago Cubs to complete trade for Matt Garza (Aug 23)
  • P Nick Tepesch & Matt West sent on rehab assignments (AA & AZL respectively – Aug 27)
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Blackley Up, Ogando to DL

  • P Travis Blackley recalled from AAA
  • P Alexi Ogando placed on 15 day DL, retro to Aug 14
  • P Matt West recalled from A and placed on 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: Travis Blackley was recalled from AAA after being assigned there a week ago when we got him on a trade.  The corresponding roster moves from the 25 man were to put Ogando on the DL (again?), and a procedural move with A ball pitcher Matt West going on the 60 day DL.

Curious to see what Blackley has.  As I said, one doesn’t think a contending club would import pitching from the worst team in the majors.

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Travis Blackley acquired

  • P Travis Blackley acquired via trade from Houston Astros for PTBNL or $ [ Link ]
  • OF Manny Ramirez released from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES:  I’m not sure what to make of Blackley.  They must have seen something, as you don’t bring in a pitcher from the worst team in baseball unless you’re sure of something.

Also, the Manny Ramirez experiment is over.  If he could hit well enough, he would have been in the majors by now.  One has to think he’s done for good now.   Hey, I believe we still own the technical rights to Ricky Williams (yes, the NFL Ricky Williams).  What’s he doing?  :)

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Adam Rosales AGAIN

  • OF Adam Rosales claimed off waivers from A’s.  AGAIN.  [ Link ]

NOTES:  Can we stop it with Adam Rosales?  Pick one.  We either want him or not.

Rosales was claimed on Aug 12th, and activated on Aug 13th.  OF Engel Beltre was optioned to AAA to make room for Rosales on the 25 man.

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Rios Activated

  • OF Alex Rios activated
  • OF Joey Butler optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, that didn’t last long for Butler, he was sent back to AAA to make room for Alex Rios.  However, Butler fared better than Adam Rosales, he got his first major league start  and hit during the short time he was here.   I wrote about Rios the other day, so I’ll leave this unremarked.  :)

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Cruz gone, other moves

  • OF Nelson Cruz placed on restricted list, after 50 game suspension for PED use
  • SS Adam Rosales designated for assignment
  • OF Engel Beltre recalled from AAA
  • RF Joey Butler purchased from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Nelson Cruz was suspended 50 games for PED use.  Can’t say I’m thrilled about that, because his bat was working well this year.  It might improve our RF defense a bit, but there’s no doubt his offense will be missed.   Adam Rosales, who we just got a couple of days ago from the A’s was DFA’ed.  He ended up being claimed back by the A’s on waivers a day after this, which is hilarious to me.   Engel Beltre is back, and we purchased Joey Butler, who is looking to make his major league debut.    This move definitely skews our roster younger by their corresponding moves.

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Adam Rosales claimed

  • SS Adam Rosales claimed on waivers from Oakland A’s
  • OF Engel Beltre optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Uh, OK.   Not sure I get this one, but there you are.   Neftali Feliz & Michael Kirkman were sent out on rehab assignments, too.  That’s more interesting to me than the technical roster move here.

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Ogando back

  • P Alexi Ogando activated from 15 day DL
  • P Matt Garza activated
  • P Cory Burns optioned to AAA
  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Alexi Ogando comes back, and I’ve pretty much lost faith in him as a starter at this point.  I really wish we’d just stop messing around, put him in the bullpen where he was significantly better, and look for an answer elsewhere.    We also activated Garza formally this day, so some of the “movable pieces” like Burns & Ortiz were on the road back to Round Rock.   Which is much closer to Driftwood, TX and the Salt Lick, so it’s not all bad for them.  :)

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Garza acquired, Darvish Back

  • P Yu Darvish activated from 15 day DL
  • P Matt Garza acquired from Cubs via trade for CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, & 1/2 PTBNL’s [ Link ]

NOTES:  Well, Darvish is back from his “fake” stint on the DL.   However, the bigger news is that the Rangers got Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for what seems to be a hefty price for a rental player.  CJ Edwards I don’t know much about, but Justin Grimm & Mike Olt are both names.  Olt has had his stock drop a little this year, but last year, he was at the same level as “untouchable” as Jurickson Profar.   To me, his inclusion is HUGE.   Although it could be Justin Smoak again, big name, never fulfilled it.   Justin Grimm I have a love/hate with.  Sometimes I think he’s awesome, other times, get him out of here.  I don’t dislike the guy, but his performances weren’t consistent enough for me.   It would be nice if we could work it so Garza stayed here, but for now, he’s just here for the playoff run, so we’ll see how that goes first before addressing the truckloads of $ it will take to keep him later.

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Some Post ASG Moves

  • P Wilmer Font optioned to AAA
  • C Robinson Chirinos optioned to AAA
  • IF/OF Jeff Baker activated from DL
  • OF Craig Gentry activated from DL [ Link ]

NOTES: No real surprises here, except possibly that we switched out a pitcher for a position player.   We sent down one of each, and activated two position players.  Hopefully Baker can pick up where he left off, he was doing quite well when he got hurt.  Font was pretty much here to hold a roster spot while Darvish was “on the DL” over the All Star break.

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Darvish to DL

  • P Yu Darvish placed on 15 day DL (retro to July 7)
  • P Josh Lindblom optioned to AAA
  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz recalled from AAA
  • P Wilmer Font recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Much is made of Darvish being on the DL, completing the “Opening Day Starting Rotation on the DL all at the same time” list.   However, this is more about giving him a rest in the middle of the season.   Couple the DL assignment with a retroactive date, plus the All-Star game in the middle of it, and it effectively amounts to him just missing a single start.  I don’t think there’s anything major here, and the official DL designation (right trapezius strain) sounds like one of those made up things.    Wilmer Font adds to the list of pitchers we’ve used this year, which is really high.

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Soria finally here

  • P Joaquim Soria reinstated from 60 day DL
  • P Cory Burns recalled from AAA
  • DH Lance Berkman placed on 15 day DL
  • P Nick Tepesch placed on 15 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES:  The only real comment I have here is about Soria.  When they signed him, I thought he was an underrated sign.  If he comes anywhere where he was at his peak with Kansas City, he’ll be huge.   Question is how will he fare now that he’s back?  Probably need a few weeks to determine that.    Tepesch on the DL means we have our entire starting rotation on the DL at the same time, I believe.   We’re still in the thick of it.  Testament to the rest of the guys pitching behind the original five, that’s for sure.

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Manny Ramirez

  • OF/DH Manny Ramirez signed to a 1 year contract and assigned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES:  Normally I don’t report transactions on minor league signings with no corresponding major league move, because there’s a ton of them.  This one, however is not your garden variety minor league signing.   If you’re reading this page, you know Manny Ramirez.   I know a lot of people are bent out of shape for bringing him in.   It *IS* a bit of an eyebrow raiser, but I don’t object to it.   I’m kind of “meh” about the whole thing.   The Rangers are not bringing him up just for the show of having his name attached to the club.   If he does make it to the majors (which I’m not convinced of), then he will have earned it.   The way our offense is sputtering, we could use it – assuming he can actually still hit.

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Kyle McClellan DFA’ed

  • P Kyle McClellan designated for assignment
  • P Josh Lindblom recalled from AAA

NOTES:  Trading one “meh” for another.

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Gentry to DL

  • OF Craig Gentry placed on 15 day DL, retro to Jun 21
  • OF Engel Beltre recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Craig Gentry goes on the DL with a fracture in his left hand.  He hasn’t exactly been tearing it up, but hasn’t been bad, either.   Always hate to see that.  It does however, open a window for Engel Beltre.   If Beltre comes up and does well, I think between that and the way Leonys Martin has been playing this year it might spell the end of David Murphy’s time here.  Murph hasn’t exactly helped himself this year, either.   We’ll see how this goes.

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Martin Perez back

  • P Martin Perez recalled from AAA
  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES:  Martin Perez is back.  I hope he can get a handle on a starting spot in the rotation, as he was looking REALLY good in the spring before he got hurt.  If he kept going at the rate he was then, I wonder if he’d have like 10 wins by now if he had never gotten hurt.  Bring it on Martin!

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Moreland Back

  • 1B Mitch Moreland activated from 15 day DL
  • P Josh Lindblom optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Lindblom has been “eh”, so I guess we felt we were OK with swapping a pitcher for a hitter, as that’s what happened.  Moreland is back, hopefully he can keep doing well, and the loss of momentum doesn’t affect him.

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Several Moves

  • P Smokin’ Joe Ortiz recalled from AAA
  • C Robinson Chirinos recalled from AAA
  • IF Jeff Baker placed on 15 day DL, retro to Jun 13
  • 1B Chris McGuiness optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES:  McGuinness wasn’t doing much, so he was an obvious candidate to go to AAA if someone had to go.  Jeff Baker going to the DL is unfortunate, I’ve rather liked how he’s been going.    Smokin’ Joe is back (I’m still calling him that – pbbbbt), probably due to bullpen fatigue.  I’m not entirely sure why they called up a third catcher at the moment, though.